My Bonnie Lies IN the Ocean!

It’s been tough to watching folks on the East Coast deal with Hurricane Matthew. “Should we stay or should we go?” isn’t always an easy question to answer. During our stay in the Outer Banks (OBX) of North Carolina this past April and May, we faced that dilemma when tropical storm Bonnie started brewing off the coast our third week there.

The weather had been stunning, and we enjoyed daily walks on the beach:


Then one day the sky over the ocean filled with clouds…


…and the waves kicked up a few notches:


Just as soon as we hopped into the Jeep the rain came down. It poured from the time we left the beach until we got back into town — about fifteen minutes — long enough to attract this White Ibis (notice the breeding coloring on its bill?) to a huge puddle near the ferry parking lot:


Rain came back that night and was still coming down the next morning:


It came down hard…


…and kept raining. All day. Of course we had to get out — not only because a small RV shrinks about 50% with every hour that passes when you’re sitting in it, but because we wanted to see what was going on in the world of Tropical Storm Bonnie.


Not only were people out and about, but — when your business depends on being open every day you can — businesses were still open…


…though I’m not sure how many people wanted bicycles that day!

I took a lot of photos (even a few movies) through the windshield of the Jeep, capturing the huge puddles along the road.


It was fun when a vehicle coming from the other direction threw water all over us, but scary too — instant blindness! Like driving in a car wash:


Weather reports indicated Bonnie had planted herself offshore with no signs of budging, which meant we were facing the possiblity of many more days like this one. Maybe it was time to head inland.

About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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5 Responses to My Bonnie Lies IN the Ocean!

  1. Yep, inland (WAY inland) was the way to go. Poor North Carolina got hammered, and the loss of life was tragic. SC fared better, but some areas suffered. Our part of SC is parked in the farthest northwestern corner of the state, tucked-up in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We had cloudy skies for two days, a full day of much-needed drizzle, and then it cleared and strong winds moved in. We lost one tree blown down. More firewood!
    Have you visited Motive Means Opportunity? How about considering a guest post, dear Ellen? šŸ™‚
    Happy Trails, you two!

    • Ellen says:

      So glad you missed the worst part of Matthew — sounds like you kept a sense of humor about losing the tree, too! In our travels we’re finding there is no ideal place. Windstorms, hail, tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires, and of course hurricanes — something for everyone. Would love to do a guest post for MMO — thanks for asking! I’ll be in touch about an idea I have that I haven’t seen there yet.

      • Great, looking forward to it! We actually have a lot of trees on our 2 & 1/2 acres by our small lake. Our property is a knoll that extends into the lake giving us more than a 180 degree view in the winter when the leaves are gone. It’s pie-shaped, with the big end on the water. 580 feet! Lots of good fishing, and the best fishing is usually right off our property.
        I once had dreams of doing what you and Bob are doing, only for about 6 – 8 months out of the year. My ex had a change of plans, but things turned out for the best! Take care, and as always,
        HAPPY TRAILS! šŸ™‚

  2. Ellen says:

    Your property sounds fantastic! Mind if we join you for fishing that lake someday?!? Take care!!

  3. Sure, come on down (or up, sideways, wherever you are!). We live a half hour drive from the famous Chattooga River (remember the film, Deliverance?) Within a two hour drive we probably have 40 or more beautiful waterfalls, plus hundreds of miles of hiking trails nearby. There are around 20 waterfalls in our county (Oconee) alone. All this is one reason we moved up here. BUT, I then began having physical problems (mostly Vietnam catching up to me), so we haven’t been able to take as much advantage of the wonderful natural attractions as we’d hoped. I can still struggle along for a few mile’s hike, but the old gray mare (man?) ain’t what he used to be.

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