Carrot Island and Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve

Sunrise on Neuse River at 05:35 EDT.

Sunrise on Neuse River at 05:35 EDT.

Saturday, 13th of June 2015

It was beautiful weekend and a hot one. We decided pack up the truck
with our kayaks and go kayaking in Taylor Creek in Beaufort, NC.

We arrived in Beaufort before noon. We found a good parking spot on Front Street a block away from the municipal park in Beaufort. I wanted to launch the kayaks in Taylor Creek and row to Carrot Island before having lunch.
Lunch Time on the beach
We started heading East to the mouth of the creek. It was low tide and current was going against. The creek was busy on Saturday, there was sailboat race (hobie cats and small sail boats). There was also people on paddle boards. We started searching for good spot for a lunch break. Every time we got close to shore, the fiddler crabs were busy heading in land. It was interesting and funny watching them run away when we came ashore.

After lunch, we continue heading east. We found a small channel that would take us to the other side of Carrot Island. But because it was low tide, we didn’t get far.

The picture was from the Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve looking a Beaufort inlet from the Taylor Creek side of the Island.

The picture was from the Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve looking a Beaufort inlet from the Taylor Creek side of the Island.

We tried our best. There was Boston whaler in the channel fishing. Paddle boarders also follow us down the channel. Next time, we have to try it during high tide. On the way home we found another boat launching station with restroom at the Boathouse at Front Street Village. The Boathouse was near the mouth of the Taylor Creek. I read that the Front Street Village is three-hundred year old sea port and midway between Maine and Miami. It was originally called “Fishtowne”. It was quaint and picturesque and I need to check it out the next time we are in the Beaufort area.

On the way back, we spotted the wild horses glaze on grass.
Wild Horses
They didn’t seem to mind the boat traffic on the creek, or people cruising by. I was curious if Ziva was going to jump out of the kayak and chase after them.
Wild Horses
I know when I take Ziva for a walk on the trails, she will chase after the deer. But seeing how she isn’t a water dog and content on kayak, no worries. Over all it was fun day, I need to back and do more exploring.

Sunset at 19:35 Oriental Harbor.

Sunset at 19:35 Oriental Harbor.

Carrot Island

The pictures were taken on my Panasonic DMC-FZ20 camera.
The setting (depending on the photos)
sunrise 1/40 sec; f/2.8; ISO 200 — Sunset 1/640 sec;f/3.7; ISO 80 — all other pictures: 1/800 sec; f/4;ISO 80
@2015 Ziggy Zulkowski
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