From Minnesott Beach to Topsail Island: A Day Trip

I have a friend that enjoys searching beaches for sharks teeth. We had heard that Topsail Beach was a good place to seek these treasures and planned a trip. The weather forecast was not great but promised clearing skies in the late afternoon. We planned to leave her home around noon, make the hour and a half drive south and hope for dry conditions in the afternoon.

We arrived at Topsail Island around 1:30 in the afternoon and decided to drive its length and explore a bit. At the south end of the island we discovered an isolated beach and could see the skeleton of an old dock reaching out into the water. There are few coastal subjects that I love more than old docks, pilings, or trees rising out of the water. It was still raining fairly hard so we decided to get some lunch.

After lunch in Surf City, one of several communities on the island, we headed back south towards the isolated beach. By the time we got back to the spot the rain had eased a bit with only a drizzle falling We donned rain ponchos and took off across the sand so I could get a photo or two. After making a few images we headed back north on the island. After a bit more exploration and with the belief that the skies simply weren’t going to clear, we headed back across the bridge to the mainland. As we crossed the bridge we glanced back to the south and saw that the skies were opening up. A quick u-turn and we were back on our way to the south end of the island. Once again I made a few images of the old dock before heading home.

Arriving back at my friend’s Pamlico County home, I dropped her off and headed to Minnesott Beach to catch the ferry that crosses the Neuse River to Cherry Branch. My timing is usually a bit better, putting me in line for the ferry with fifteen or so minutes to wait. On this evening, however, I arrived with nearly an hour to wait for my ride across the river. As the sun was setting and the skies looking dramatic, I grabbed my camera and explored the area next to the ferry landing. There were a few photos to be found

Below are some of the images from the day trip. If you enjoy them why not leave a comment and let me know? Of course fine art prints and products imprinted with these images can be found at Digital downloads can be purchased at You might also consider subscribing to my newsletter at Thanks for stopping by.

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