As many of you know, yesterday was Earth Day and to celebrate we decided to take the afternoon off and head to our favorite spot on Earth – Masonboro Island. Masonboro is a barrier island off the coast of North Carolina and is a protected nature preserve. We are lucky to live a short kayak or boat ride across the Intracoastal Waterway and take advantage of our proximity to this pristine island whenever we can.
But yesterday was special because we also took our dogs on the kayak with us and it was the first time for my dog, Sunny. She is a six month old Goldendoodle and had never been to the beach before. Colleen’s Goldendoodle Bentley is an experienced beach dog and showed Sunny the ropes. So off we went in our tandem kayak, 50 lb. Sunny in front with Colleen and 70 lb. Bentley in back with me. We wish we could have taken a picture of all of us in the kayak, but nobody was around to take it. We did take plenty of beachy dog pictures though – see below.
It was a pretty easy row to get to the island, it usually takes us about 15-20 minutes. Sunny was a little nervous and a couple of times the kayak bobbed a bit as the dogs maneuvered around. We pulled in to the sound side of the island and the dogs jumped out and immediately started exploring. It didn’t take them long to find a dead squid buried in the sand and gobble it up – yuck! On the ocean side of the island, Sunny was reluctant to get in the water, she kept running from the waves, it was really too cute!
Colleen and I set up camp, we bring our chairs, cooler and beach bag, and we always include pen and paper so we can have a true business meeting – no kidding, we draw a lot of inspiration from spending time in our favorite place and some of our best ideas have hatched on this island.
Speaking of hatching, there were large areas on the island cordoned off to protect the sea bird’s and sea turtle’s nesting areas. Its very gratifying to know this island is being kept preserved for nature and is well taken care of. My husband is part of the organization that helps clean up and maintain the island.
That’s how we spent our Earth Day, how did you spend yours?
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