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ocracokewaves
Cape Carteret, NC
A writer/photograher/fisherman hooked on technology
Interests: fishing, photography, biking, kayaking, swimming, boating, and writing
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For much of my adult life getting ready for winter has occupied more of my time than preparing for other seasons. The extensive effort to take winter seriously made sense in a world that was a winter paradise. In the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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I actually do not say "Wagons Ho!" when I go out and move my mobile tomatoes around in their wagons. There might be some young folks around who would think I am crazy since they missed Wagon Train when they... Continue reading
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This is the twelfth anniversary of my first post on View from the Mountain. I no longer live on a mountain. I spend my free time walking the edges of Raymond's Gut marsh pictured in the post. It is just... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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September does not bring an end to gardening on the Crystal Coast like it does for my friends in New Brunswick, Canada. This last week of September 2016, they have already had a couple of frosts. Frost is not the... Continue reading
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There are parts of your life and people that have a huge impact on the person that you become. I remain proud that I was a Boy Scout when growing up. After many years I also can look back on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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Raymond's Gut, the inlet which flows into the White Oak River, has a funny angle to it (which you can see in this drone picture) so if there is a quick surge of water up the river from a storm,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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Most of us have had lives where we have faced criticism. Sometimes the criticism even comes from family, friends, and acquaintances. Normal criticism can be escaped by breaking off communications with people or sometimes changing behaviors. Criticism might rear its... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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I had just come in from spraying some weeds in our yard after lunch. My t-shirt was soaked and I had what appeared to be water running down my face. My wife wanted to know if I had squirted myself... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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Angus Cattle-Tay Ridge Farm Cows are interesting creatures. They can prosper off of land and food that few other animals can manage. They are very hardy and survive all sorts of extremes of weather. They are very focused animals. They... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at The Canada I miss
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Most people think little about the weather but I long ago confessed to being a weather junkie so when it is hot, I think about how to share my experiences with the heat. If nothing else, writing about the heat... Continue reading
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Stirred-up White Oak River As I was out fishing from my kayak in the White Oak River the other day, it occurred to me that no-wake zones offer a good metaphor for looking at some of the changes in our... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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Morehead City Waterfront I have written in our book, A Week At The Beach - The Emerald Isle Travel Guide, that Swansboro just ten minutes by boat or fifteen by car from our house is a well-loved adopted child of... Continue reading
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Most folks think about the beach in terms of their annual vacation. That was the way I grew up in North Carolina during the fifties. Most summers mother would pile me into the car with as many of her nieces... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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Gardening is tricky stuff no matter where you live if you depend on mother nature for your moisture and heat. Gardening also takes constant work. You cannot plant and just leave it. I had one of those the summer that... Continue reading
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There are lots of reasons to like living in the South. Today's lunch is a perfect example. Where else but the South is mac and cheese considered a vegetable? Then there is my barbecue sandwich. Last night we went out... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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I will admit to not remembering much from long ago Sunday school lessons, but I do remember that being gracious to strangers was an important part of life. It was also important in my upbringing. My mother used to tell... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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Raymond's Gut on a Nova Scotia day We have actually have been through a remarkable stretch of sunny but windy weather along the Crystal Coast, but Wednesday, May 18, 2016 reminded me a lot of a day in Nova Scotia.... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at The Canada I miss
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I would like to say that the secret to great tomatoes is eating more Chinese food but there is a little more to it than saving your chopsticks during the year because they are helpful when growing tomatoes. I have... Continue reading
While I have some pretty good passwords, I doubt they would slow the authorities. Of additional interest is that the use by terrorists of Apple equipment including Macs is not something new. Because Macs were different and came with the ability to encrypt data long ago, they were favorites of both the good guys and the bad guys. I still remember the panic at Apple corporate when a picture of a training camp for terrorists surfaced. It was complete with a lab of Macs.
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Apple has come out with a strong statement about privacy. Our commitment to protecting your privacy comes from a deep respect for our customers. We know that your trust doesn’t come easy. That’s why we have and always will work... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at Applepeels
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In my book, The Road to My Country, I wrote the following. In some ways, memories are like small towns along a highway. You're in the dark until all of sudden, you round a corner onto Main Street, where the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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Three things define spring by the water along the Crystal Coast, low water, cold water, and whipped up water chased from every direction by the wind. The picture above is of Bogue Sound on a day when boating water would... Continue reading
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Whenever I cross the threshold of another birthday, it prompts some looking back over years. I never fail to dig up a few lessons when I examine the past, even my own. History is a great teacher if we just... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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There are people who are born in a community and end up living there most of their lives. I make no apology for not being one of those people. Living in a different place lets you look at life through... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at View from the Mountain
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We all start out wishing to do great things. With life's ups and downs, being great can be a formidable challenge. Whether you are a business hoping to serve your customers a wonderful meal, a professional trying to deliver a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at View from the Mountain