September 29, 2011

2011 Fort Fisher Ghost Hikes

On October 7, 8, 20, 21 and 22, Fort Fisher will be turned over to ghosts. Well not really, but you will have the opportunity to accompany a Ranger down the trails of Fort Fisher State Recreation Area to explore the unexplained phenomenon that surrounds area. These trails are normally closed during night hours but they will be open on the above nights for those who join the Ranger on the ghost hike.

To read about the paranormal activity that surrounds Fort Fisher and to see a video of an actual Fort Fisher ghost hunt, check out this Halloween post from a previous year (The Ghosts of Fort Fisher).

You will need to call 910-458-5798 to reserve your spot because space is limited. Participants will meet at the visitor center at 8:00 pm. You may bring flashlights if you like.

Revisiting Hurricane Fran 15 Years Later

WRAL has put together an informative collection of their news video coverage of Hurricane Fran's destruction on the NC coast.

Fran came ashore on September 5, 1996 as a category 3 storm with winds up to 115mph and a storm surge up to 13 feet. The wind and flood damage from Fran marked the worst natural economic disaster in North Carolina history with damage estimates at around $5 billion.

26 deaths were reported and approximately 4.5 million people were without power in NC and VA and many had to wait up to 10 days for the power to be restored.

Click here to visit WRAL's interactive page with Hurricane Fran news accounts from the coast and inland.

Photo from WRAL Topsail Island video.

September 28, 2011

Video: Carolina Beach, NC Sea Turtle Nest #7 Hatches on September 23, 2011

Here's a fantastic video of a loggerhead sea turtle nest hatching on September 23, 2011. The video was posted on youtube by ndorow

Here's the description:
This loggerhead sea turtle nest was laid on July 27, 2011 and hatched at 8:20 PM on September 23, 2011. Shortly after it was laid 153 eggs were relocated to a safer location further up from the tide line. This video was taken using a Sony Handycam with Nightshot and an IR light.

Video: Foxes Take Shelter on the North End of Carolina Beach

These two foxes have had enough of the wet weather and find some shelter on the north end of Carolina Beach. The video was posted by MrBobby2782.

September 19, 2011

Children's Drama Classes at the Carolina Beach Recreation Center

Kim Henry is a recent transplant to the island having moved here from Spain with her husband and two children. Starting in October, she will be teaching children's drama classes at the Carolina Beach Recreation Center.

Also, enroll now to be apart of the 2011 Christmas show.

The current schedule is as follows:
•Mon, Oct 3rd - 4:30-5:30 Ages 7-12•Thu, Oct 6th - 4:00-5:00 Ages 3-6

EDIT: The 2012 schedule:
4:30 - 6:00 AGE 7-UP
4:00-5:00 AGE 3-6

For more information:
You can contact Kim directly at 910-616-9180

About Kim: Kim Henry (BA hon­ors degree in Drama, Man­ches­ter Uni­ver­sity, UK) has been run­ning com­mu­nity and children’s drama projects around the world for over fif­teen years. Born in the UK, Kim’s work has taken her to Bosn­ian refugee camps, schools in India and to Inter­na­tional The­atre Fes­ti­vals through­out Europe. She has worked in schools, Young Offend­ers Insti­tutes and with chil­dren from many dif­fer­ent back­grounds. She fuses her love of the­atre, dance and music in order to nur­ture the cre­ative process, self expres­sion and self confidence.

About the LUV2ACT program:
LUV2ACT was born in 2003 in the moun­tains of South­ern Spain where Kim lived with her hus­band and 2 chil­dren on an organic olive farm. Through­out the last nine years, LUV2ACT has pro­duced up to 3 shows a year with lit­er­ally hun­dreds of dif­fer­ent chil­dren from all walks of life. LUV2ACT has also pro­duced 3 short films, scripted plays and taken part in the­atre fes­ti­vals across Europe. Luv2Act likes to use recy­cled and reclaimed mate­ri­als for their cos­tumes and sets as a reflec­tion of their con­scious ideals!

September 18, 2011

Final Countdown: Britt's Donuts to Close for the Season September 25, 2011

Time is running out for all you folks that need one more go at the delectably doughy circles of goodness from Britt's Donuts. The shop will be closing their doors for the 2011 season on September 25th.

Current hours:
Friday: Open at 4:00pm and close ?
Saturday & Sunday: Open at 8:00am and close?

As for the '?', their general rule is that they close when people stop coming. So like every year at about this time, if you want to grab a Britt's donut, go early. Otherwise, you're living dangerously and may find yourselves confronted with a shuttered storefront. Yes, I know, the horror of it all.

Photo credit.

17th Annual Search Under Way for North Carolina's Top Youth Volunteers

State Honorees Receive Cash Awards, Medallions and Trip to Washington, D.C., for National Events

RALEIGH, N.C., Sep 06, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- --Waxhaw and Winterville Youth Were North Carolina Honorees in 2011

Over the past 16 years, Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have been given to 2,722 middle and high school students across North Carolina for helping the less fortunate, promoting health and safety, protecting the environment, and serving their communities through many other volunteer activities. This week the search begins to identify more young North Carolinians who have made meaningful contributions to their communities over the past 12 months, as the prestigious awards program kicks off its 17th year.

These awards, presented nationwide by Prudential Financial, Inc. in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), honor outstanding community service by young people in grades 5 through 12.

"Since creating this program in 1995, we've been amazed every year by the stories of young volunteers and their outstanding acts of community service," said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. "We're delighted to honor these role models and hold them up as examples of how young people can change their communities for the better."

Young volunteers can apply online at or at . Applications must be completed by November 1, 2011, and then submitted to a middle or high school principal, Girl Scout council, county 4-H agent, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA, or affiliate of the HandsOn Network. Those without Internet access can get a paper version of the application form by calling 877-525-8491 toll-free.

Participating schools and local organizations will select Local Honorees in early November and present them with Certificates of Achievement. These Local Honorees also will receive the President's Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama if they have contributed the minimum number of volunteer hours to qualify (50 hours for age 14 and younger, 100 hours for older students). All Local Honorees are then reviewed by a state-level judging committee, which will name the top two candidates from each state and the District of Columbia -- one high school student and one middle level student -- as State Honorees on February 7, 2012. These State Honorees will receive $1,000 awards, engraved silver medallions, and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., with a parent for four days of recognition events May 5-8, 2012. Runners-up at the state level will receive bronze medallions or Certificates of Excellence.

In Washington, a distinguished national selection committee will name 10 of the 102 State Honorees as America's top youth volunteers of the year. These National Honorees will receive additional awards of $5,000, gold medallions, crystal trophies for their nominating schools or organizations, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit, charitable organizations of their choice.

Manasvi Koul, 18, of Waxhaw and Casey Sokolovic, 14, of Winterville were North Carolina's top youth volunteers for 2011. Manasvi, North Carolina's top high school youth volunteer, was honored for founding a nonprofit organization that educates people about becoming bone marrow donors, and persuading more than a hundred volunteers to assist with recruiting donors to register with the National Marrow Donors Program. Casey, North Carolina's top middle level volunteer, was recognized for conducting a campaign over the past five years to raise money to save endangered sea turtles and to educate others about the threats that these marine animals face.

"It's an honor to recognize these remarkable students and share their stories of selfless community service," said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. "These volunteers are the leaders of tomorrow, and they give us great hope for the future."

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States' largest youth recognition program based solely on community service, and has honored nearly 100,000 young volunteers at local, state and national levels since 1995. The awards program also is conducted by Prudential subsidiaries in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Ireland and India.

NASSP is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world. The association provides research-based professional development and resources, networking, and advocacy to build the capacity of middle level and high school leaders to continually improve student performance. Reflecting its longstanding commitment to student leadership development as well, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils. For more information about NASSP, located in Reston, VA, visit .

Prudential Financial, Inc. /quotes/zigman/294774/quotes/nls/pru PRU +1.52% , a financial services leader, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential's diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds, investment management, and real estate services. In the U.S., Prudential's iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit .

September 14, 2011

Photos: Colorful Carolina Beach Sunrise

Here are two great Carolina Beach sunrise shots by Lisa Michele Hagan. Lisa was nice enough to send them our way for inclusion in the blog. Enjoy...and good morning Carolina!!

Video: Carolina Beach Jeep Run 2011

Jeep lovers and beach enthusiasts beware! This footage is from the August 29, 2011 Hendricks Chrysler Jeep Beach Run to the North End of Carolina Beach (Freeman Park).

This year's getaway with the Jeep Club was a day full of fun, sun, surf and food. But fair warning, watching this video will most surely make you want to run out and buy a new 4x4 toy.

You can learn more about the Hendricks annual CB beach run
here. You can view their equally entertaining 2010 Jeep Run video here.

The video was posted by christilowemedia.

Hendrick Chrysler Jeep, Fayetteville, NC: Information on the Freeman Park Recreation Area

September 13, 2011

Aquarium at Fort Fisher to Premier Student Film on Climate Change

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher will host the world premiere of a film titled “We Sea Change: A Students’ Perspective on Climate and a Changing World” at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 28, 2011. Aquarium educator Megan Ennes has worked with four students and a teacher from Isaac Bear Early College High School to create the film. “It has been amazing to watch the change these students have gone through,” says Ennes. “They went from having little knowledge of climate change to being very passionate and vocal about being good stewards of the environment. The week after we filmed our student actions, they all came back and said they had been chasing their parents around all week to set the thermostat at the right temperature. They’ve really taken this project to heart”.

The film began as an “action project” for Coastal America Partnership’s Third National Student Summit on the Oceans and Coasts. Coastal America is a non-profit collaboration of representatives from government, private-sector and other organizations, dedicated to addressing coastal environmental challenges. The summit took place in Washington, D.C., in February 2011 and focused on the relationship between ocean and climate.

Each group attending the summit was required to complete an action project that related to the ocean and climate. The North Carolina delegation decided to create a film for students which would survey the possible impacts of a changing climate in the Cape Fear Region.

To learn more about climate and the Cape Fear Region, the group interviewed experts and non-experts on all fronts of this issue, from small-business owners to scientists investigating climate change. Ecologists, climatologists, and even restaurant owners participated in the interview process. Interviewees included: Dr. Doug Gamble, climatologist at UNCW; Dr. Anthony Snider, professor of environmental studies at UNCW; Captain Doug Springer of Wilmington Water Tours; Kemp Burdette, Cape Fear River Keeper®; Dr. Paul Hosier, barrier island ecologist at UNCW; Brad Jones and Craig Love, owners of SurfHouse Café and Shop; Andy Wood, education director for Audubon North Carolina; Matt Collogan, environmental education program manager at Airlie Gardens; Keith Farmer, herpetologist at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher; and Zac Keith of Oceana, an international non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the world’s ocean.

After learning about climate and how it might impact their region, the students wanted to explore unique habitats in the area. They went on field trips to Bald Head Island, Fort Fisher, Kure Beach, Carolina Beach, Downtown Wilmington, and many other locations in Wilmington. Along the way, the students kept the camera rolling. By the time they were done researching the area, they had several hours of footage. It is all being edited into a 20-minute film to be shown at the Aquarium and in schools around the area. As a supplement, Ennes has created a high school curriculum to help teachers integrate the film into their classrooms. The film and curriculum will be offered, free of charge, online.

Ennes and the students are inviting the public to join them for their movie premiere, scheduled for September 28, 2011, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Aquarium. To help support the film, organizations from around the region will participate in the event, hosting interactive educational booths throughout the building. The organizations will include UNCW SurfRider Foundation, Airlie Gardens, and the Cape Fear Museum. The film will likely be shown more than once, with the first screening scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and a panel discussion to follow. There will be no charge to attend the event. For more information please contact Megan Ennes at 910-458-8257 ext 234 and check out the students’ website at

Photo from left to right: Jessica, Keela, Evan, and Dustin

Outside Magazine: Wilmington, NC Ranked 7th as Best Towns of 2011

Outside Magazine
October 2011

Similar to Charleston: southern charm, a 300-year-old harbor, ample seafood. But what sets Wilmington (pop. 106,500) apart from its genteel South Carolina neighbor is an economy in overdrive—not long ago, it was the second-fastest-growing economy in the U.S. Thanks to EUE Screen Gems, it's also home to the largest motion-picture and television studio outside California. (The local film industry employs some 800 people.) Situated where the Cape Fear River meets the Atlantic, the former military port's recreation options are mostly water-based—sea-kayaking, sailing, deep-sea fishing—and the biggest party of the year is, naturally, Riverfest, a frenzy of vendors, fireworks, music, athletic competitions, and invading pirates.

Check out the full article and the top 19 "Best Towns" list
Photo from article

Guest Photographer Series: Scenic Images from Around Pleasure Island by Greg George

Here are some wonderful photos from Carolina Beach, NC. The photographer is Greg George and he's been nice enough to share a few of his island photos with blog readers.

Greg is available for hire and he works with individuals, families, groups and pets. He uses an iPhone camera and various editing software to create uniquely crafted images that speak for themselves. So if you are looking for studio styled portraits, he is not your guy. But if you are looking for something original, he has you covered.

If you would like to contact George about his photography or view some of his other photos, please visit his website at: In addition, you can view & purchase his artwork at Uncle Vinny's Pizzeria Ristorante and at Beach Blooms (both in Carolina Beach).

NOTE: If anyone else has some favorite photos from around Pleasure Island and would like to share them with blog readers, please send an email to Thanks! (click here to view all previous photos in the Guest Photography Series)

Cast A Line At Carolina, Kure, Wrightsville Beaches

CAROLINA, KURE AND WRIGHTSVILLE BEACHES, N.C – Aspiring anglers and seasoned fisherman alike go for the “big one” at Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville beaches year-round. As fall fishing season rolls in, visitors can reel in the day’s catch by venturing out on a charter for deep-sea fishing, casting a line off a local pier, or by taking their rod and reel and tackling the surf in one of these three communities.

Carolina Beach offers families options for an active day of fishing with more than 20 charter operations. The full-service Carolina Beach Fishing Pier, complete with a tackle shop and small restaurant, also makes a great hangout for teens. For more information about fishing at Carolina Beach, visit

Kure Beach is a fishing family’s paradise. Parents can teach their children the basics at the Kure Beach Fishing Pier, the oldest of its kind on the Atlantic coast. For more information about fishing at Kure Beach, visit or

Visitors to Wrightsville Beach can catch a bevy of bluefish or enough grouper to feed a crowd without stepping far from their favorite vacation spot. Johnnie Mercer’s Pier and the Intracoastal Waterway are both excellent spots for a full day of fishing. For more information about fishing at Wrightsville Beach, visit

Beachgoers can also expect high-energy fishing action this fall with several major area fishing tournaments. The 4th Annual Fisherman’s Post NC Flatfish Championship will be held at the Inlet Watch Yacht Club overlooking the Carolina Beach Inlet on Friday, Sept. 16 and Saturday, Sept. 17. Cash and prizes will be awarded in this benefit tournament for the Cape Fear College Marine Tech Club. Wrightsville Beach will host the Wild King Classic Fishing Tournament Friday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Wild Wing Café & Seapath Marina. All three area beaches will be involved in the Southeast King Mackerel Fall Challenge on Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2. Tournament locations include the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier, Kure Beach Fishing Pier and Johnnie Mercer’s Pier, with weigh-ins and winners announced at Island Tackle & Hardware in Carolina Beach. Anglers can also check event calendars for updates and additional fishing tournament information at,, and

Carolina Beach, part of North Carolina’s coast, remains a uniquely “original” beach. With a classic boardwalk, fascinating festivals and colorful characters, the beach remains an enjoyable destination for the entire family all year. For more information, visit or call (800) 641-7082.


Kure Beach, part of North Carolina’s coast, offers a chance for visitors to unplug from the world in a wonderfully natural, small-town beach community unlike any other. Home to a wide assortment of activities and adventures for people of all ages, the pace at Kure Beach allows vacationers and beachgoers to reconnect with what really matters. For more information, go to or call (800) 631-1460.

Wrightsville Beach, part of North Carolina’s coast, is one of the state’s most accessible and enjoyable beaches. First-time and returning visitors alike can find year-round activities for children and adults of all ages. For more information, go to or call the Wrightsville Beach Visitors Center at (800) 650-9106.

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September 12, 2011

Video: UFO in the Sky Over Kure Beach

Over the years, we have come across several reports of UFO sightings at Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and at our neighbors to the north at Wrightsville Beach. What made this account a bit more interesting is that the image is on video. The video was posted on youtube by ShittingGlitterInc.

So here's the video and you can decide for yourself if this is a man made object or something else? For previous UFO posts, click here.

September 10, 2011

Photo: Good Day for Shell Hunting at Fort Fisher

The following sea gems were found by Kaleb Dutil earlier today at Fort Fisher, NC (and a few from the beach towards Bald Head). Not a bad day of treasure hunting...congrats Kaleb!

Jacksonville Daily News: Wrapping up the drive at Fort Fisher

by Amanda Hickey
September 09,2011

...Monday, we again loaded her kids up in the car and visited an area aquarium. But this time we drove through Wilmington and Carolina Beach. We oohed and awwed over fun colored houses in Kure Beach and breathed a sigh of relief when we got to Fort Fisher.

Fort Fisher is it’s own little heaven. With beach accesses, the Civil War site and the aquarium, there’s a little something for everyone. Unfortunately, on Monday the Civil War site was closed. But we wore ourselves out at the aquarium, so we didn’t miss that much...

Read the full Jacksonville Daily News' story here.
Photo credit

September 9, 2011

Videos: Surf City Sharks Come in Close During High Tide

The top video was posted on Youtube by justinbeers1 and shows a shark creating quite a stir at Surf City as it comes in close during high tide. The video was taken on Saturday, 09/03/2011.

The second video posted by ABC11WTVD is also from Surf City and was taken on Sunday, 09/04/2011 at around 1:30pm.

September 8, 2011

Volunteers Wanted for the BIG SWEEP in Carolina Beach & Kure Beach

Calling all volunteers, the New Hanover County Big Sweep will be Saturday, September 24th, starting at 9:00am. On Pleasure Island, volunteers will meet at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Gazebo and at the Kure Beach Pier. In addition, volunteers will meet at Johnie Mercer's Pier in Wrightsville Beach and at the boathouse at Greenfield Lake.

Refreshments, bags and gloves will be provided. Please come prepared to be outdoors, and wear sturdy closed toe shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Help us reduce the amount of plastic at the event by bringing your own reusable water bottle, and gloves if you have them.

Big Sweep began as a beach sweep in 1987 and is now an annual statewide event. Since its inception, more than 192,000 volunteers have retrieved over six million pounds of debris from North Carolina’s waterways. It is part of the International Coastal Cleanup that involves approximately 90 countries and 55 states and territories. Locally, the event is sponsored by Keep America Beautiful of New Hanover County, the Town of Wrightsville Beach, the Wrightsville Beach Sea Turtle Project, Cape Fear Surfrider Foundation, Cleaner Greener Wrightsville Beach, the Town of Carolina Beach, the Pleasure Island Parrotheads, the Town of Kure Beach, the City of Wilmington and Cape Fear River Watch.

For more information, please contact Shannon Culpepper with Keep America Beautiful of New Hanover County at or (910) 619-1144 or visit or

September 7, 2011

Wilmington Star: Carolina Beach weighs options if aquarium pier falters

By Shannan Bowen
September 6, 2011

Carolina Beach officials soon will deliver this ultimatum to the state: Either commit to building the proposed N.C. Aquarium Pier, or the town will move on with other ideas for property it secured nearly two years ago for the project.

At a meeting Tuesday night to review options for land purchased in hopes of a state-owned aquarium coming to Carolina Beach, Town Manager Tim Owens said state attractions don't appear to be a high political priority for the state...

Read the full article here

Video: Fort Fisher Ferry to Southport, NC

Here's another excellent video of the ferry from Fort Fisher to Southport. The video was posted by Philaccounts and has the following description: Stateline Studios covered this 3 plus minute video of the Fort Fisher Ferry ride to Southport, NC. A compilation of shots set to the song called "Happy Way." So sit back and enjoy the ride.

Sea Turtle Camp: Hurricane Irene and and Hatchlings

Now that Hurricane Irene has passed, our area beaches are beginning to take stock of the storm’s impact on the sea turtles and nests...

While details are still coming in, preliminary information indicates that North Carolina lost 50 nests, South Carolina 59, and Georgia 68. At least 10 nests were lost from Topsail Island, 7 on Bald Head, 5 on Masonboro, and thankfully only 1 on Kure Beach. However, it is still early to tell the full extent of the impact of Irene, especially regarding nests that may have been inundated during the higher spring tides...

Read the full article
Photo from article

September 6, 2011

NBC17: Business boom for Carolina Beach this holiday weekend

Vacationers and businesses at Carolina Beach had a good weekend following last weekends Hurricane Irene financial hit.

Surfer Bit by Shark on Hatteras Island

According to the Outer Banks Shark Times, a surfer from Centerville, VA was bitten by a shark while surfing in Buxton, NC on August 24th at approx 2:30pm. The surfer, Kevin Dineen, was taken to a nearby urgent medical care clinic for treatment and based on the size of the bite mark, the doctor estimated the size of the shark was between four to five feet.

This attack marks the fifth shark bite incident this year at NC beaches and is the sixth shark incident this year in NC waters. In 2010, there were five reported shark bites in NC.

August 24, 2011: Holden Beach
August 17, 2011: Kure Beach
August 11, 2011: Beaufort Inlet (13 miles off shore)
July 19, 2011: Ocracoke Island
June 26, 2011: Topsail Island

Read the full Outer Banks Shark Times story here. (includes additional photos)
Above photo from article

September 5, 2011

Wayne Moran: The Beauty of North Carolina Beaches

September 3, 2011
by waynem

I love the beach, it’s plain and simple. I do not think I have ever seen an ugly one. Ok, one that is polluted or something is less than attractive but even one like that still has that rugged allure to it. So now you know I love the beach.

That being said, there are some beaches that are more beautiful than others, and this summer I found something special. This summer we were able to spend some time in Carolina Beach NC which is a small town in south eastern North Carolina, just south of the richly historic city of Wilmington....

So if you like beaches at all and if you get a chance, go to the Carolina Beach area of North Carolina. I think you will find it as beautiful as I have...

Read the full blog post
(includes numerous wonderful photos from Carolina Beach)

September 4, 2011

September 3, 2011

Carolina Beach Bakery Joins Food Truck Fever

Wilmington Star News
By Liz Biro
September 1, 2011

Every so often the Cape Fear region gets on a sweets kick and sugar shops start popping up. This time, one is on wheels.

Pastry chef Stephanie Rosse, who owns the new Carolina Beach bakery Sweet Bliss at 3 Pelican Lane, has caught the food truck fever hitting this area...

Sweet Bliss, both bakery and food truck, features cupcakes, cookies, pastries and Rosse’s all-homemade ice cream. The ice cream and its inclusions, whether caramel or peanut butter cups, are prepared from scratch.

Rosse, who opened her bakery Aug. 10, trained in France. She comes from the Durham-Chapel Hill area, where Rosse clocked time at Magnolia Grill...

Read the full article

Sweet Bliss on facebook.
Store Hours:
Thurs:6:00 pm-10:00 pm
Fri:6:00 pm-10:30 pm
Sat:2:00 pm-10:30 pm
Sun:3:00 pm-8:30 pm
Truck Hours:
Tues - Sun: 11:00am-7:00pm (available for special occasions)
Stops to include: Carolina Beach, Fort Fisher, UNCW, Monkey Junction & Downtown Areas

Trail Mixxx: Carolina Beach State Park- 8/3/2011

Okay, I personally would not suggest camping in Central, Eastern, or Coastal Carolina During July or August unless you are really used to the humidity... We hiked the very brief trails they have. Very flat, but if you manage to jump the fence (as we did) and make it to the water the sight is beautiful at the end of the day. This was the official end-of-summer trip.

Check out the blog post here (includes some good photos from the park)
Photo from blog

September 1, 2011

Video: Shark Feeding Frenzy Off Bald Head Island

Here's a wild video of a shark feeding frenzy off the coast of Bald Head Island, NC. The video was posted on Youtube by rockerbeepark.

Guest Photographer Series: Scenic Images from Around Pleasure Island by Christy Johnson

Earlier this month, Raleigh photographer Christy Johnson visited Carolina Beach with her family for a little getaway. And although their time was limited, she and her family had a wonderful time exploring our beaches. She told me that she loves Carolina Beach and hopes to be able to make many more family memories on the island in the years to come.

Fortunately for us, Christy offered to share some of her wonderful family photos from their last trip.

If you too would like to capture some of your family's magic on film, Christy is available for beach photo sessions anywhere on the island. Her passion is capturing the magic of childhood by photographing a child for who s/he is, versus more formal, posed photos. She loves capturing the spirit of the child as s/he hunts for seashells, runs from the waves, builds castles in the sand or flies a kite for the first time.

You can learn more about Christy at and at You can reach her directly at or by phone at: 919-426-2640.

NOTE: If anyone else has some favorite photos from Pleasure Island and would like to share them with blog readers, please send an email to Thanks!

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