One part of calling Bogue Sound my home, that makes it fantastic, is living amongst the birds! Picture this, sitting in an Adirondack chair, facing Bogue Sound and the Intracoastal Waterway, watching and listening to the birds flying, poking around down in the salt marsh or sitting on the pier. It is amazing to watch the Pelicans and Forrester’s Terns fall out of the sky, dive and make a big splash, trying to catch a fish. It is fun watching the blue or green Herons, Snowy Egrets and Ibis standing like statues in the marsh, stalking their prey. The Martins catch your eye as they swoop by chasing mosquitoes.
Boat activity! That is the other thing I check constantly looking out toward the Intracoastal Waterway (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intracoastal_Waterway). Bogue Sound and the Intracoastal Waterway are for fishing, kayaking, sailing, etc., but it is a major “highway” also! You will see cruise ships, ferries, Navy and Coast Guard vessels, large fishing and shrimping boats. You can tell the season is changing when you notice all the huge yachts and sailboats heading north or south. You know the Spots or Blues are running, when the ICW starts looking like a Walmart parking lot. Sometimes, the barges passing by are so long, they seem to take an hour to go out of sight, with a tugboat or two helping them along. In the sound, I watch the the fishermen setting and pulling nets, checking crab pots, fishing and clamming. The shallow areas of Bogue Sound are busy with kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, Hobie and Sunfish sailboats, Jet Skis, Sea Doos, Waverunners and other personal water craft. The Emerald Isle Public Boat Ramp http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/public-boat-ramp is a fantastic facility developed here in the past few years. Picnic and playground facilities have been added recently. It is entertaining and fascinating to go there and watch all the coming and going.