Anne (andasamo) asked me where Topsail Island is, so here's the answer! It’s on the coast of North Carolina, about two and a half hours from where I live, so it’s a quick and easy trip to go down there for a long weekend like I did last week.
I love the beach. When I was a kid, that was always the destination for our family vacations – we would spend a week or two at either a North or South Carolina beach every summer.
North Carolina has a lot of nice beaches but Topsail is my favorite because it reminds me the most of how the beach was when I was young. It’s not over-developed and there are no ugly high-rise hotels, it’s mainly just cottages. And there’s not much to do except commune with the ocean, swim, walk, fish, or just lay around and read, so it’s very relaxing and renewing. I love the salty smell of the beach and the sound of the waves crashing, and I love to go for long walks and look for seashells. Fall is a perfect time to go because it’s still plenty warm, but vacation season is over so there aren’t a lot of people there.
Topsail is a barrier island about 26 miles long, right off the NC coast. You get to it by crossing a “working antique” swing bridge that turns sideways every hour to let boats pass through. There are three beaches on the island: Topsail Beach, Surf City, and North Topsail. My friends and I stayed in a little house in Surf City, which is right in the middle of the island. Topsail is a sea turtle sanctuary but this isn’t the season so we didn’t see any, and the turtle hospital was closed for the winter. I ate shrimp and oysters and took a lot of photos while I was there. But mainly I just looked at the ocean. It was a wonderful weekend!
You can see this fishing pier from the restaurant where we ate on Saturday night. There were a lot of people out there fishing!