Dawn on the Farm

There are advantages to living in the country.  If you get up early enough you find you have the world to yourself.  It’s quiet and peaceful and, if you’re lucky, you’ll catch a beautiful sunrise.  This photo was taken just a few feet from our back door on an early morning dog walk.

Farm Sunrise

The Fat Pelican, Carolina Beach

One of the things I like about Carolina Beach is that it’s not nice and shiny like a new penny. What I mean is that in a lot of beach areas there has been a tendency to raze all of the older structures to make way for giant resort hotels and chain restaurants. Not here.

The Fat Pelican is a wonderfully funky place that is proud to call itself a dive bar. So proud, in fact, that they want everyone to know that they were voted the best dive bar in North Carolina and among the top 25 dive bars in the United States.

I love the giant octopus on the roof and what may be the only moose at any beach in America. There’s also a sign that says hippies must use the side door.

The Fat Pelican has been a popular watering hole in Carolina Beach for more than 30 years. I hope it lasts many more.

Carolina Beach, NC

We had the opportunity to spend a couple days at Carolina Beach.  It’s been a few years since we’d been to the beach and, despite living in North Carolina for more than twenty years, we had never been to Carolina Beach.  The main attraction, for us, was the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, just a few miles away.

Carolina Beach is a lovely little town with a beautiful beach and boardwalk.  Unlike many popular beach towns, where older buildings are razed to make way for high-rise hotels and chain restaurants, Carolina Beach still has many older buildings and a lot of character.  We took advantage of our off season visit to enjoy fresh seafood and a couple strolls down the boardwalk.  A great time was had by all.