Beaufort NC Estuaries and Rachel Carson
14 May 2009 | Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC
Thursday, May 14, 2009
We were going to leave this morning, but with the winds 15-25 and thunderstorms predicted, I really felt better staying at port. I spent the morning doing computer chores (virus scans, etc...) since we have access to Internet and power here.
I was surprised, when I pulled the old computer out, to see that it was getting rust and mold on it in storage so I had to clean it up before turning it on. I was in search of pictures for Colonial that I couldn't find on the current computer today and ended up doing general maintenance on the older computer. It had been a while since virus scans etc... were run and that ended up taking all day. I did manage to find some old games on it that I hadn't played since leaving home (okay - so it wasn't all work - shhhhhhh...)
Wayne enjoyed a nice quiet day of reading and listening to me read various things to him from the old journal.
On another note - I forgot to mention yesterday - Rachel Carson (author of Silent Spring) wrote her first book about the estuaries that surround Beaufort. It's called The Edge of the Sea. When we came through the bridge yesterday there was a small skiff with her name on it, which clicked in our heads, and we later found out about her affiliation with Beaufort during our walking tour. There are numerous places along the Creeks named in her honor and they have the Rachel Carson Reserve here. She was a naturalist that aimed her writing talents against pesticides (DDT), which threatened the existence of several species, including the Bald Eagle. Thanks to her persistence, the Bald Eagle is making a comeback and people are more aware of the hazards of some of the poisons that we've used without thinking of the consequences...
We ate dinner at Fish Tales. They have very good food. Wayne got the Black Fin Tuna and I got the Shrimp & Sausage Penne special. Desert was Key Lime Pie and Double Fudge Brownie with ice cream. Whoah - those deserts were double size portions - I couldn't finish mine and these are really deserts made for sharing... Fish Tales is highly recommended!