While I had my friends visiting this past weekend, just after our daysail, I mentioned how we took out the dinghy for a spin. It was a real delight to explore the area a bit more with the dinghy. We took Coconut, our dinghy, over to the beach on the north side of Carolina Beach and took a closer look at the pristine protected marsh there.
On Sunday morning I took Coconut out again and went under Snow’s Cut bridge and over to the Cape Fear river. I explored along the coast of the Carolina Beach State Park, and took a look at the park’s nice-looking boat harbor – which is still undergoing some renovation. The entrance looks a bit small to take our catamaran through. Still, I think we’ll drive over and check out the park sometime this summer. Looks like a nice park.
Here’s a map showing the areas explored this weekend via Coconut:
View Dinghy Explorations in a larger map
Again, please note that the imagery for Carolina Beach Inlet in Google Maps/Earth is from the year 2002. The beach, and the inlet itself, have changed substantially since then. Read this GEB post for more details (and newer imagery).