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Frost on the Kayak

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After a series of days when the low temperature struggled to get below sixty degrees Fahrenheit, it takes a little adjustment to walk outside and find the thermometer reading 30F.

It is the nature of weather that we take whatever we have whether it is warm December waters or frost on the kayak and in the marshes.

I enjoyed my morning walk the first day we saw frost after our mild streak in December.  Still I had to remind myself that the sparkle on the boardwalk was slippery frost. Looking up at the wrong time could easily turn me into a meal for the crabs.  read more »


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Summer Morning Kayaking

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Kayaking on a warm summer morning reminds me a little of cross country skiing on a cold winter morning.

In both cases your mind is telling you that by doing nothing you'll be more comfortable.  If you just stay inside and enjoy either the cool or the warmth, life will be good. Unfortunately I have never created a memory worth saving by sitting around inside.

The reality is that if you have done either cross country skiing or kayaking very much, you know that you will have lots of fun once you get started.  I've been cross country skiing when the temperature was below zero and had a great time.

I've also been kayaking when the temperature on shore was pretty nasty, and found that things were actually quite pleasant out on the water.  I've gotten calls from my wife wondering why I am still out on the water when it is so hot and miserable.

The truth is that if the water temperature is in the mid to low eighties and the air temperature is around ninety, you'll likely be more comfortable on the water especially if there is a nice breeze.
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A Stellar Day over on the Beach

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Usually once we get past the end of November, you can count on the the air over at the beach being a little cooler during the middle of the day than it is here on the mainland.

With that thought in mind, on Friday, December 16, I headed out for a hike at the Point on Emerald Isle wearing blue jeans and a long-sleeved tee shirt.  It was certainly a miscalculation.  I should have stuck to my earlier-in-the-week thoughts that this was shorts weather.

I was fairly certainly that I had detected some signs that the season was changing, but apparently the warm weather is proving harder to dislodge than I guessed.

It is normal when I park and get out of my truck at the Station Street Parking lot near the Point for it to be warmer than it is when I actually walk onto to the beach.  read more »


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A Little Nova Scotia Fog for Variety

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It is sometimes funny how we use weather to meet our own needs. All fall it seems like I have been writing about the wonderful weather.

We have had so much wonderful weather that you almost feel guilty if you don't get outside and enjoy it.  Of course for much of the fall, I did exactly that.  I was out in the boat, in my kayak, on my bike or walking the beaches of Emerald Isle.

I had a great time fishing and spent some wonderful afternoons on or near the water.  The trouble is that if you do all that neat stuff everyday, you eventually get worn out.  The fresh air, physical exertion, and warm sunshine all conspire to sap  your energy.

I would come home from my adventures with the best intentions.  I always planned to work on my writing after dinner.  Of course a warm home cooked meal just added to the problem.  I would go up to my office and start work only to find my face falling into the keyboard.  read more »


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Spring get short circuited

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Sorry about the error in the title.  If I change it, all the links will be broken....

Last Monday, March 21, we awoke to a temperature of 56 degrees Fahrenheit.  This Monday, a week later, our thermometer was reading 36 degrees Fahrenheit when I rolled out of bed.

The swamp oaks in the picture will have to wait a while before they can finish growing their leaves.

Monday's weather is a big change from  the recent third week of March when there were at least three days that the temperatures got into the eighties.  Now the National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for our whole coastal area.

That is a real shock to my system not to mention the tomato plants that I put in the ground on March 23.
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