On a recent trip to Myrtle Beach, we took a side trip through Brunswick County along its northern coast to Oak Island. I was my fervent desire to see Brunswick Town on the southern bank of the Cape Fear River, and then swing over to Oak Island - a locale I have never seen.
Brunswick Town was an impossible quest, since it was Sunday, and I discover that the North Carolina State Historic place is closed on Sunday and Monday. Orton Plantation is now in private hands, and they no longer wish to show off the estate, so I am left to my own devisces to discover unique points of interest.
The first unique point of interest was Goodland Branch, which serves as a county recreation area: Above. In this remote location just off NC Hwy. 133, there is this state-of-the-art offloading dock for kayaks, canoes: Below. photos by Stan Deatherage
Just a few miles southeast of the remote backwater is Orton Pond. Since Brunswick Town was closed for the the Sabbath, we took some time to discover this huge fresh water pond: Above. The ponds true points of interest are the Alligators. This cunning little monster was about 10 to 11 feet in length, and is the first Gator i have ever seen in North Carolina: Below. photos by Stan Deatherage
After watching me, and me watching him, the Gator heads off to search for a more probable meal: Above. Only a few shot minutes after the larger Alligator retreats, a smaller Gator takes his place: Below. photos by Stan Deatherage
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After patiently waiting for me to take an impromptu swim, the replacement Gator becomes impatient, and turns away toward a smaller and less wary snack: Above and then below. photos by Stan Deatherage
Interestingly, the two larger Alligators are replaced by a third Gator, who takes his time to measure the situation, but to no avail: Above. Eventually all three Alligators return, and still, I just will not jump in the water. Sorry to ruin your designs for Sunday brunch at my corporal expense: Below. photos by Stan Deatherage