If running is your thing you are probably already signed up for the grueling 50K Badwater Cape Fear race that will be held this Saturday, March 19, on Bald Head Island, NC. Personally, I would rather ride the island in a golf cart and enjoy the maritime forests, the beaches and the marshes in a relaxed way. If you are not into running you may want to reschedule any plans you have been making for visiting the island on Saturday. On the other hand, if the idea of watching these athletes as they compete intrigues you, you may want to be sure to take the ferry or cruise on over in your own boat and enjoy the spectacle.

Do you have a new boat? An old boat? A small boat? A big boat? A row boat? A motor boat? A sailboat? A kayak? A canoe? A Skidoo? Whatever kind of watercraft you possess, you are invited to attend the Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday, March 20, at the City Pier in Southport. NC. What a pleasant way to begin a Sunday afternoon on the water and a reminder to sail away safely.

Speaking of safety  and boats – if you are new to boating or if you think you could benefit by a refresher course on boat safety, you might want to check out the USCG Safe Boating Course presented by the USCG Auxiliary on Saturdays, beginning this Saturday, March 19.



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 (

Waccamaw Park (

Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve (