Thursday, June 14, 2012

Cape Hatteras....yes it is that time again.

It is June after all. And if you read last year's posts about my absurd obsession with Cape Hatteras National Seashore, then you probably know I have either been suffering from depression or have already driven myself down to the best place on the planet.

Well both are true. And i'm not sure I really feel any better from my trip. When you have such high expectations from previous experiences and those expectations are not met, it can really be a downer. Don't get me wrong, Cape Hatteras is still AMAZING and I will go back over and over....but when I realized that sunset on Cape Hatteras Inlet will NEVER BE SEEN AGAIN, I literally CRIED.

What the hell am I talking about? Well, much of the parkland is CLOSED. There are full ramps completely closed to the public and ORVs. The 2 big ramps at the end of Salvo are closed. Pea Island's Ramp is closed. The POINT in Buxton by the lighthouse? CLOSED. Cape Hatteras Inlet at the end of Ramp 55 is CLOSED!!! The end of Ocracoke - you guessed it. CLOSED. My favorite place on EARTH IS CLOSED!

I love birds as much as the next guy, but these birds aren't even endangered and there is plenty of space for them to find new nests. I mean come on birds...you have WINGS. FLY SOMEWHERE ELSE. This is my soul we are talking about. And it needs fulfillment. All you need is a nest in a tree with some shade. There are over 70 miles of waterfront on this island that are not even touched by people or vehicles. The economy to this island is hurting. Locals, fisherman, tackle shops, real estate, retail, rental companies and more. It hurts everyone. I am a lover of the environment...a liberal even that completely understands the importance of nature and ecosystems. Hatteras won't be there forever though; the waters are getting warmer. The hurricanes are getting worse. The island will soon be underwater and we will have it no more. This is a special place - one of the few remaining natural wonders on this coastline. It is my heart and soul.

Please visit http://ncbbaonline.com/ to find out how you can help fight the fight and keep these beaches open while they are still here. 

Ok i'm done bitching and complaining. I still love you Cape Hatteras. You are still  My Summer Love and for that i thank you. In honor of your awesomeness, i made a short film. It is a little less than 5 minutes of what i call - The Essence of Hatteras. Filmed with a Go Pro Hero 2 on the beaches of Cape Hatteras and Ocracoke Island and its ferry.



Love,
ME.