Sand as far as the eye can see

Submitted by OcracokeWaves on Sun, 11/07/2010 - 10:45.

We are lucky here in the Emerald Isle area of North Carolina's Southern Outer Banks to have some wonderful beaches.

It is a little hard to tell from the picture in the post that the sand you see is actually part of a beach.  However if you keep walking, you do eventually get to see the water.

The two sand and water pictures were taken at the Point at the western most end of Emerald Isle on November 6, 2010.  About seventeen months ago, in June 2009, I wrote another post about the Point that was entitled, "The Ramp to Nowhere."  The sand at the Point had almost completely disappeared.  Water and waves were even threatening homes near there.

At that time I talked to some of the town officials who assured me that sand was moving down the beach and heading towards the Point.   I think it is safe to say that the folks at the town office of Emerald Isle know their sand, because they were right.  The Ramp to Nowhere now leads to this huge expanse of sand and beach.

Beaches by nature change all the time.  The sand can and often does change from morning to night.  The profile of beaches can be altered by storms or just normal wave action.  Sometimes man helps mother nature by doing beach nourishment.

Often if there is a channel nearby like Bogue Inlet, it will be dredged and the sand will be pumped onshore.  That is what happened after the beach at the Point disappeared in late 2007.  Some sand was pumped on the beach, and I suspected it helped mother nature somewhat.  While walking on the sand at the Point on November 6, Icould see a dredge working to clear sand in Bogue Inlet.  With the abundance of a sand already in place, there was effort to pump it onshore.  The dredge even headed back to the dock before my walk was over.

It has been fun to watch the changes at the Point over time.  Late in the summer of 2009, the beaches at the Point had made an amazing recovery.  By June of 2010, it was obvious that there were some big changes going on at the Point.  The beaches and shallow water were racing towards Bogue Inlet.

We fish a lot in and around Bogue Inlet.  This summer when coming through the channel near the Point it was not unusual to see people wading in water just up to their knees only yards from the boat channel.   The shallow water beaches near the Point have been very popular this summer.

I think it is a good thing to never try to own a beach.  They are ever changing.  You might say beaches are a creature of the moment.  It is hard to be bored if you find something different with each visit.  I am actually happy that I have written so much about the Point because it would be hard to keep track of all the changes without something in writing accompanied by pictures.

During the holidays I will try to remember to dig out the pictures that were taken when I fished on the Point forty-five hears ago well before Coast Guard Road even existed.

Our Crystal Coast beaches are a magnet for human activities.  We see everything from swimming, surfing, sun bathing, and fishing to weddings on the beach.  I suspect if we see any weddings on the Point that the brides will have to be driven to the beach since otherwise it would be a long sandy walk to the water.

Here are some more pictures from my November afternoon at the Point.  It is a great place to see sand and waves in action.  It is a wonderful place where you can truly feel close to the elements.