View from the Deck
Getting ready for 2006
Things are starting to heat up on the island.
Shelby and I visited Hatteras for our annual maintenance trip in late
February. We enjoyed above average temperatures and noticed Hatteras was
much warmer than up north. On television we saw pictures of people trudging
through white stuff that appeared to fall from the sky and collect on
the roads. I remember – vaguely – having to deal with something
like that as a kid. But then it was fun and you didn’t mind being
wet and cold and having your nose run (been there, done that, no thanks).
Now my nose runs without that and, if I’m going to be wet, I prefer
to be warm.
We were out on the upper deck of Sound Mind & Body painting one day
and it got so hot we had to take off our sweatshirts and paint in our
shirt sleeves. The next day, when we were going to paint the part of the
house near the hot tub, the wind was whipping – not as bad as a
few days before when it was coming out of the northwest and blew all the
water away from the house so I could walk out into the sound and take
a picture of the place from a different angle – but it was whipping
nonetheless. (See above for photo.)
Then the temperature dropped and we needed to wear lightweight jackets.
What a pain.
Many places were starting to open for the season. Interestingly, Diamond
Shoals' sign said they would be open the weekend of Feb. 25th, so we headed
to Buxton. When we arrived, we noticed the sign had been changed to say
March 4th. I’ve been wanting to go there and ask about piping plover,
the little bird that caused a favorite beach fishing spot to close last
year. When this happened, several restaurants posted signs offering specials
on piping plover and Diamond Shoals led the way with Piping Plover Pie,
I believe. At any rate, I wanted to ask them how many plovers it takes
to fill a pie. I also saw a bumper sticker in the Food Lion parking lot
that said “Piping Plover tastes Like Chicken.” I would have
thought it tasted more like bald eagle, but that’s just me.