We decided to go tent camping at Emerald Isle on Labor Day weekend. I know this sounds bizarre, even one of my sisters asked who came up with the idea because she also wanted to go to the beach but can’t do camping and not to mention tent camping. My dad and second sister decided to join us.
This is our first time tent camping and it was a shock for my dad and sister when we got to the campground. I knew what to expect, so it didn’t bother me at all. We left Friday at midnight and got to the campground by 7:30 am after making a short stop to buy grocery before we got there. After the initial shock, we got out of the car to look around. It didn’t take us that long to pitch our tent as we had practice in my dad’s backyard before. One of our new neighbors were spying on us and we didn’t know this since the campground was very quiet in the morning. They came out and told us later that they were watching from inside their camper and couldn’t believe how fast we had it up.
The image above was taken Saturday evening, and Bo set up another small tent next to the big one that sleeps 6 people.
I don’t mind tent camping but it does have its drawback. It was extremely hot during the daytime and this campground has no tree, and no shades so we stayed at the beach all day. I kind of feel bad for my dad that he can’t go back to the tent to rest or take a nap. Then Sunday night was extremely windy, and kind of scary since we didn’t have any place to go, and our car was packed with our personal belongings. We really liked the camping atmosphere, and the people are very friendly. The price is dirt cheap for only $45 per night, as the Lao/Thai saying “sleep in the middle of the dirt and eat in the middle of the sand”, but tent camping might be too much for my dad and we are seriously thinking about investing in a small camper for our future camping trips.
We stayed in Ocean front hotels in the past and it was kind of pricey, you definitely can’t beat $45 per night and right by the ocean front as you can see on the right hand side of this picture. You get to bring your own sleeping gear which is a plus for me, and just make sure you bring Clorox wipes if you use their bathroom and wear flips flop inside the bathhouse.
In most campgrounds you can bring your pet, and it’s a family oriented place where children can roam around.
We rented an Ocean front house in the past during the week of July 4th, and one week rental for a 3 bedroom was about $1,500. At this price we could only take a vacation once a year.
The ocean was so calm and clean on Saturday, and this is only 1 week after Hurricane Irene hit the area.
There were schools of fish swimming on Saturday and it’s really a sight to see them up close. I’m glad I got this shot, you can see the school of fish below.
The seagulls and pelicans were having a great time fishing for food.
I can see where they get the name of the place, the water is green like emerald.
Lee caught a star fish, and also a small fish with her bare hands.
The sunset on Saturday.
I got up early on Sunday to take picture of the sunrise.
The damaged done by Hurricane Irene but this didn’t stop people from fishing there. The pier opens around the clock for visitors and anglers. I wish I had gone there to get some night shots with Bo on Saturday night but was too sleepy when he left.
Sunrise at 6:48 am.
By 6:49 am.
The waves were strong on Sunday, and I got hit hard several times. I had a bad sand-scrapes on my cheek and shoulder while the waves flipped me several times into shore. Some were afraid to go into the water, we also saw dolphins that afternoon.
Even this seagull was afraid to get its feet wet.
There was a DJ that played music on both days we were there and people dancing having a good time at the beach. He played until 11 Pm (23:00) both nights and we could hear it real loud from our tent.
Lee and Bo went out for Pizza on Sunday and Bo took this image with his iPhone.
Not an ideal campfire for roasting marshmallows but it works.
We brought too many items with us this time and didn’t get to use all of it. I hope we will be more prepared on own next camping trip, which means packing less also. It started to drizzle on Monday morning so our packing went real fast. We stopped by this place on our way home, probably less than 5 miles from the beach.