My World Tuesday: The Intracoastal Waterway

Intracoastal

Adella and I took a little boat ride on the Intracoastal Waterway from Surf City on Topsail Island on the last day of our vacation there. The waterway was started the early 20th century to create a safe passageway for boats along the length of the East Coast. This section of it is an expanded version of a natural waterway thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers. Prisoners dredged the thing in the 1900s. The rich mud they dug up and tossed aside became the little land masses that dot the waterway and support a host of maritime vegetation. The above photo is a view of the swing bridge from Surf City to the mainland. It's a lovely thing if you're not waiting in line to use it.
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Topsail Island is dotted with summer mansions that, as a friend said, could be seen from outer space. The folks who occupy these trailers have a different set of priorities, I think. All the good living takes place on the water.

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Some folks find a way to make a few bucks from the wildlife in the mud.
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Others, like the folks on the Menka II from Beaufort, don't mind a little piracy--and shooting blank at gawking tourists.
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I just kind of love the whole thing, even from the outside looking in.

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Comments

  1. I learned to love the Intracoastal while living in Little River, South Carolina. The scenery is similar to what you're showing for Topsail Island. North Myrtle Beach (a few miles down the waterway) has a swing bridge.

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  2. I though that was a drawbridge in Surf City. Wow, won't Babooshka be pleased to know Ramsey doesn't have the last one left on earth!

    So who was driving the boat this time?

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  3. Anonymous10:58 AM

    beautiful phots of a terrific holiday..

    peace and health to you..

    shraddha

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  4. Thank you for taking me on your journey! Beautiful photos!

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  5. Glad you are enjoying things. Lovely place.
    Is that ship sliding!!!!!!

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  6. never been to that part of the usa but enjoy tripping with you through photos and descriptions. But this is the last day of our vacation? Well next week I head to Northwest Seattle and ORegon coast so I'll take you along. LOL!

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  7. Oh, what great shots, Sandy! Marvelous post and thanks for taking us along! What a great vacation!

    Have a great week!
    Sylvia

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  8. Lovely shots!
    Great vacationing spot.

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  9. Great shots from a beautiful place.

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  10. I Like your World
    Great photos
    and writeup
    Intercoastal waterways are great.

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    Troy and Martha

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  11. Sign me up for one of those trailers! It really doesn't matter so much what you live in when all you have to do to be on the water is to step out your front door! ;)

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  12. Great sequence of photographs and post for a part of my world that I love. Fun seeing places I'm familiar with through someone else'es lens.

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  13. That seafood market is awesome!

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  14. Nice pictures. I love being near the water.

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  15. Thanks for the tour, these pics are fantastic. I especially like the second last one of the boat.

    Have a great week
    Guy
    Regina In Pictures

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  16. Sandy: That is a neat show of the intercostal and you got some great photos.

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  17. Anonymous4:19 PM

    I knew about the Intracoastal Waterway, but had not seen it. Very interesting. Hope you had a nice holiday.

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  18. I can see why you love this area. It is so pretty and interesting with all the different types of boats etc.

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  19. Anonymous4:37 PM

    Perfect vacation spot. And you showed us exactly how beautiful this place is.

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  20. Great post! You know how much I like anything to do with the water... and this certainly fits the bill.

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  21. I have never heard about this intracostal way before - intersesting - lovely photos too :)

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  22. I had to laugh at Mojo's comments. So true. Of course I am hooked on this world today. I really need to curb my bridge enthusiam.

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  23. Great shots! Keep up the good work!

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  24. What an amazing journey you had, Sandy. I enjoyed all your wonderful photos.

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  25. A great way to spend a day Sandy. I would not mind going out on that three master and catching a fish or two myselt. I would prefer to sweep out the sand from a shack rather than clean a mansion and not have any time to enjoy my surroundings.

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  26. Very beautiful scenery. Love the itneresting ongoings around the river.

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  27. Great pictures!! I enjoyed this post very much.

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  28. Wonderful post. I enjoy the waterway and think it is so much fun to see the little places along the *trail*.

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  29. Hi Sandy, I really enjoyed your My World post. A great variety of interesting photos.

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  30. I love the shots! It lets me peek at the lives other live. Thanks for sharing :)

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  31. Thanks for the tour . . . I would enjoy living on the water like that!

    Glad you found out the name for the flower below -- I left another comment thee.

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  32. Very beautiful scenic shots. In the last shot the cloud formations are beautiful.

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  33. What a lovely way to spend a day on the water. Your photos are beautiful with great composition and colour. Thank you for sharing.
    Blessings and smiles

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  34. Great post, Sandy. I've always enjoyed life along the intercoastal.

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  35. Looks like a good place for good living by the sea to me.

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  36. This post has a very special atmosphere, which is created by the photo of the "Fresh Seafood". I like the whole tour very much! Thank you!

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  37. Hi Sandy. It's the seafood market that I find so charming. Bet you can buy some pretty good fish there.

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  38. Great post! Looks like you had a great time!

    <3 Lindsay

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  39. Fun post- lots of different sights! I get nervous about bridges and just looking at the swing brindge gave me butterflies. I much prefer the trailers on the water- like you said...different priorities!

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  40. I've thought of this before when you've mentioned it, but I don't think I ever told you, but I think topsail Island is just about the most charming name I ever heard!

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  41. Hi Sandy !! These are some really cool and beautiful shots !! Thanks for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan

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  42. Anonymous2:54 PM

    WOW!
    That was beautiful!
    You've a great skill for photography...
    It was a knowledgeable tour! Thanks for the info..:)
    Nice way of educating people about places and their importance, really impressed am I!
    Loved the third Pic...Nostalgic! And the last pic is mind-blowing...
    Loved this post, felt so much at home while reading it..felt like being and living there..:)
    Keep writing..

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  43. hey I'd live in a trailer to live on the water like that - but I'd prefer to live in a houseboat. :)

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  44. Strange to consider another 'Surf City' on the opposite coast from my own. I enjoyed the virtual tour of this lovely Intracoastal Waterway. Thanks for the historical information too.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  45. that looks like such a fun trip; those are ominous looking clouds coming in!

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  46. The pictures beckon. "It's a lovely thing if you're not waiting in line to use it." lol. But it's great you could include the place on your vacation.

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  47. That looks like a great place for a holiday.

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  48. what a great series of pics... fun times on the ICW!

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