THANKFULNESS

There are many words that describe thankfulness, many ways to show thankfulness, and many things to be thankful for – especially in the NC Brunswick Islands. Water is everywhere here. From the Atlantic Ocean to the Cape Fear River to the Intracoastal Waterway to the many lakes – it surrounds us. It contributes to the saline scent of the maritime environment – something we miss when we travel. It provides venues for entertainment including; sailing, surfing, swimming, paddle boarding, boating, canoeing and fishing. It’s a virtual playground. It’s also exceedingly beautiful to contemplate. The towns are bird sanctuaries. We can hear the birds singing as well as the breezes singing through the trees – even with our windows closed – instead of the sound of traffic roaring past. The climate allows us to spend an inordinate amount of time outdoors walking, biking, hiking, running, on the water, by the water, on the beach, in a hammock. Even when the temperature dips, there is always the wonderful sunshine. What’s more, our towns, the county, the state have had the foresight to set aside large amounts of natural spaces for our enjoyment. Parks abound in Brunswick County, NC. Whether they are small, with a few trees and a bench or two, or hundreds of acres, they are here for our enjoyment. Here are a few for you to explore – and while you are at it, remember to be thankful for the air you breathe; for the fact that you woke up this morning; for your legs that allow you to walk; for your eyes that allow you to take in the beauty around you; for your lungs that allow you to breathe; for smiles and hugs and even for setbacks that eventually lead you to better things.

Brunswick Nature Park (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/sports-fitness-parks/parks/brunswick-nature-park/profile/)

Waccamaw Park (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/sports-fitness-parks/parks/waccamaw-park/profile/)

Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/sports-fitness-parks/parks/ev-henwood-nature-preserve/profile/)

Memorial Day

The Memorial Day weekend is coming up and we will see flags flying everywhere as reminders of those who have made it possible for us to be able to live free in this beautiful country. Many have sacrificed for us and for their own families and I believe they deserve to be remembered, acknowledged and celebrated. I believe they would want us to enjoy our freedoms this weekend as well. To spend time with friends and family in all the ways they have made possible for us. We who live in Brunswick County, NC are especially lucky to have access to many ways to celebrate – not the least of which is the ocean and the beaches. These provide enjoyment in boating, swimming, sunning, fishing, surfing and much more. Here are a few other ideas:

Smith Island Art League Memorial Day Show – Bald Head Island, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/may/)

Smith Island Art League

 Included in the many Memorial Day Activities on Bald Head Island is this art show where you will find paintings, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, fabric art and more.

The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/attractions/)

At this museum, you will enjoy not only the maritime history and exhibits but interactive exhibits such as steering a ship’s wheel, a deep diving research periscope and a nautical knot board as well.

Brunswick Nature Park – Town Creek, NC (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/sports-fitness-parks/parks/)

If you are considering having a picnic, this 900 acre park is an excellent place to take the family.  You can go hiking, kayaking, canoeing, exploring, biking and more while you are there.