A ragged shore

I almost missed a fine day for a sail out to the Northeast Point of Bull Island on a day off from work. Over the weekend, another great adventure in plumbing had turned nightmarish. Thankfully, help came before I anticipated, and with hot water running again in the Raynor household I was free to set sail on that Monday morning, October 18.  Winds were forecast for southwest at 5-10 knots in the AM, and picking up in the PM; low tide would be at 11:08 AM. On the sail out the winds were actually from the west northwest Continue reading

“The was-ness of the is”

I wondered if it was just a coincidence that the weather continued to be spectacular, carrying on what I had experienced the previous weekend in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Sunday was the annual special tour of Bull Island led by Rudy Mancke, and I was along helping as a board member of the Sewee Association. Beyond the weather, my prediction of a very low mosquito count came true. It was a truly special day, only later brought to my awareness as 10/10/10.

The ride over to the island on Island Cat, with Coastal Expeditions staff Will Christenson serving as captain and Weatherly Meadors as naturalist, Continue reading

Far afield

I occasionally yearn to be in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP). Ever since camping trips with my family back in the early 1990’s, this national park has felt like home. Two college buddies and I hit the weather perfectly with a long planned trip last weekend: crystal clear skies, cool temperatures with no humidity, Continue reading