Hi ya from rainy North Carolina. I sure wish my super power was being able to control the weather instead of blogging. I’d send a bunch of this water out west.
Here are a few pics from my trip to Topsail Island, where we also experienced a couple of awesome storms. These photos come from last Sunday, when I finally had a chance to walk out to the beach near where we were staying.
Fortunately I did not walk far, because I looked up from collecting shells to see this behind me. The wind blew my bag open and dumped all my shells in the waves and I skedaddled back to the AirBNB.
There was definite rotation in that cloud and the residents of the house were eyeing it nervously.
After the storm passed, there was this, which was a huge arch over the island. You could see all of it from the bridge when we crossed to the mainland to eat seafood at Sears Landing.
I learned that parking under a palmetto tree is not a good idea – hard to wash off the debris! It was nice sitting on the patio when I was able to do it.
On Monday morning we walked some down on the south end of the island on the sound side of the inlet. I was surprised because the water was clear and cool without waves and the bottom was sandy with no shellfish to step on and there were people swimming, fishing, paddleboarding, and kayaking there. I would like to go back here with an umbrella and a kayak or float. I forgot to take my phone so no photos.
During the weekend, I regret to say that we were not covid-careful. Nobody was wearing a mask anywhere. We went out to eat at five restaurants, all very good! The first night we ate on the patio of Surf City Line and enjoyed a good singer and an older guy who got up and sang “Rocky Raccoon” so you know we all had to sing along. Daddy Mac’s Beach Grill on the oceanfront had a long wait but Sandy’s baby back ribs and my shrimp gratin were delicious. I don’t usually care for ribs, but YUM. I wasn’t so crazy about Santino’s, but my nerves were shot and I wasn’t hungry. The cheesy Italian bread was good though. Sandy had grilled scallops and I had fried oysters at Sears Landing. They have several good house made sauces that they put out on the table. They are on the Intercoastal Waterway so it has a very nice view and boats can pull up there.
Then for lunch on Monday, we ate inside at Cora’s Deli in Topsail Beach, where my classmates had ordered lunch for takeout all weekend. Sandy had an Italian panini and I had the turkey, brie, and balsamic strawberry jam panini – what a great combo! I highly recommend going inside to see all the posters, many of which have Cora’s head (the namesake of the deli) substituted for one of the heads in the poster.