National Wildlife Refuge
With the temperature approaching 70 degrees I decided to make the drive to Cedar Island for a bit of exploration. I’ve long been curious about the Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge. There are no official hiking trails in the refuge but you are allowed to hike the access roads. I took a short hike down a fire road where I observed the tracks of Whitetail Deer, Black Bear and various small mammals. I’ll have to return for a longer exploration in the near future.
To The Beach
After returning to my vehicle I headed to the beach area next to the NC Ferry Terminal. The ferry carries people and their cars across the Pamlico Sound to picturesque Ocracoke Island, the gateway to the Outer Banks. I had hoped I might get a glimpse of some of the wild horses that live at Cedar Island, or perhaps some of the “Sea Cows,” the feral herd of cattle calling the island their home. Unfortunately none were within my view so I opted to snap a few photos of the Kill Deer feeding along the shore.
After leaving the beach I headed for a drive down Lola Road for a few sunset photos. The road dead ends at a little boat ramp maintained by the Wildlife Refuge. It looks out over the water and some marsh land. The water in front of me was flat calm, mirror-like, reflecting the clouds on the surface perfectly.
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