THE INNER ISLANDS: A CAROLINIAN'S SOUND COUNTRY CHRONICLE by Bland and Ann Cary Simpson highlights the biodiversity, geography and human history those of those oft-forgotten bits of land scattered about in the waters behind the state's barrier islands. In this excerpt from one chapter, Brown Island is discussed.
No road leads to what used to be the town of Lukens. The only way to get there is to take a barge. This used to only be used to bury people in the cemetery that remains there, but now former residents congregate there every May to reminisce.
North Carolina’s coastal islands, like Smith Island, are the perfect spots for coastal birds, loggerhead turtles, and numerous other sea and land creatures, as well as a trip to see the splendor of marshes and beaches.
The host to this summer’s America’s Cup, Bermuda is gearing up for a new generation of travelers. Bermuda is a small archipelago, located about six hundred miles off the North Carolina coast. This article provides a description of the island, travel guide, and advice on flights from Charlotte to Bermuda.
Places in Dare County like Colington Island and the village of Duck offered haven for many creatures of the two legged variety. A book cited by Murray, John Lawson’s A New Voyage to Carolina (1709), also made mention of the Merlins and Swaddle-bills who inspired the first flight made almost two centuries later.
“Atomic” alluded to his survival of the Baker day bomb set off on Bikini Island. Geiger was inspired by the discovery that he’d not been contaminated by radiation. As for sweet, that could refer to the disposition he displayed during his six month Marine stint and radiation- free status. More information about his military history could be viewed in the attached United Press article.
Carmine Prioli’s initial interest in boatbuilding evolved into years of caring, working, believing, struggling, hoping, giving, sometimes pushing hard, for the people who build, work, and appreciate not only those boats, but all the pieces of heritage on Harkers Island.
On Axel Heiberg Island, adventure was found for the author in ways that went beyond being part of a team collecting samples for astrobiological research. It was found in adjusting to the absence of modern conveniences easily taken for granted, such as comfortable indoor plumbing. It was also found in realizing that “habitable” becomes redefined by habituating in the North Pole.