When we first drove up to the public parking lot right behind the sand dunes (always plenty of parking on a November morning), we spotted a deer (a buck with a full rack!) running across the sand, but he disappeared into the maritime shrubs before I could get my camera to power on. So in addition to water birds, foxes and even bears, there are quite a few deer living on the island as well!
It took our empty stomachs to convince us to leave the beach and go off in search of lunch - otherwise, we might have stayed all day! Who would have thought that bare feet, sunglasses and that languid feeling you get from closing your eyes, and settling back in the sand to listen to the waves would be possible in November (Just one more reason Autumn is my favorite season in NC)? As we shook off the sand, packed our chairs and sand toys back into the car, I noticed that the public parking was pretty much full. Looks like more and more folks are discovering you don't have to wait till Summer to enjoy a lazy day at the beach in North Carolina!