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.

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Outside the Aurora Fossil Museum.
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The rubble pile where you can search for fossils, courtesy of the phosphate plant.
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This 20 million year old whale skeleton came out of nearby South Carolina.
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On the way back I discovered the old All Saints Episcopal Church Fairfield NC, not far from Lake Mattamuskeet.
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You don't hardly ever SEE a tree full of great herons, y'know.  Here, they're lookin' right...
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... looking' straight on (which means they can't see me well) ...
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"OMIGOD... predators.  Run!!!!  I mean, fly!!!!"
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"Flee, flee for your lives, you fools!"
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"Oh, gosh, I guess I was wrong.  It was just one of those Jeep things.  Ah well, silly me... guess I get first crack at all of the lovely frogs in the wetlands below.  Heh heh..."  (Who knew that herons could be so Machiavellian?)
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