Travels

A Trip Through Eastern Carolina: Lake Matamuskeet and Aurora

In mid-October 2007, I took a day off to ride past one of North Carolina's great wonders and the site of what may have been the goofiest argribusiness scheme in US history. Along the way I found some great animals, plants, distinctive architecture, took a couple of ferry rides and dug for fossils at the Aurora Fossil Museum.

A monument to hubris
One of the big reasons for this trip.  Lake Mattamuskeet is one of the largest lakes in the country.  In the early 20th century, some "can-do" guys with a bunch of money thought, "let's drain it and plant the former lake bed!"  So they built this amazing pumping station.  (The foreground is a pond, not the lake -- the lake goes on for about 50,000 acres, although it's never very deep.)  They went bust, but this 12 story tower still rises above the pumping station.  Silly though the idea was, there's still something stirring about this station  in this October sunset.
One of the big reasons for this trip. Lake Mattamuskeet is one of the largest lakes in the country. In the early 20th century, some "can-do" guys with a bunch of money thought, "let's drain it and plant the former lake bed!" So they built this amazing pumping station. (The foreground is a pond, not the lake -- the lake goes on for about 50,000 acres, although it's never very deep.) They went bust, but this 12 story tower still rises above the pumping station. Silly though the idea was, there's still something stirring about this station in this October sunset.
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