Papa’s World – Sunset Beach – “Old man walking – for the love of his life”!

“OLD MAN WALKING – For the love of his life”!

I first saw him – slowly walking the beach near the surf line –

at first glance, I thought of him to be homeless.

He was pulling what looked like a wagon – but it was a beach wagon.

And it was piled high with things I could not make out from a distance.

As I watched a family near him also watched him as he slowly passed them.

Then I realized he had a suit and tie on – very well dressed –

“WHERE WAS HE GOING I THOUGHT”?

Struggling – he was struggling to pull that beach wagon.

Then I walked over to him thinking I might help him a bit.

That is when he told me a short story – a story about “THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE”!

“OLD MAN, THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE”!

“Hello he said – it is a beautiful day isn’t it”?

He continued to talk – not stopping – but then I asked him where he was going and what was in the wagon.

“I am going to go way down there” he pointed – some two miles away!

“I just came from the pier” some 1/2 to 1 mile back –

“This is harder than I thought”! he said. “The tires are too small”!

“But – I am here and I am going to do this for THE LOVE OF MY LIFE”!

You see – he had brought her here years ago – by themselves and had walked this very beach

together hand in hand so he said.

He said, ” She told me it was the best thing she ever had done in her life”!

She loved that day – no other day in her whole life compared to it.

Then – ten years ago she passed away and he was in a car accident.

He slowly walked once again – and that day he was going back –

pulling that wagon – he continued talking-

I have a generator in there that weighs 60 pounds and speakers!

I have two chairs and a small table – it is very heavy – but I will take a chair out and rest.

I wish I had different tires he said – bigger ones.

I am going back to where she said it was the best day of her life.

“I am going to set up that generator and speakers – my two chairs – one for her and one for me”!

” I have my smartphone with a playlist of all her favorite songs – I am going to blast it out there”

he said pointing to the ocean.

“I AM GOING TO PLAY THOSE SONGS FOR THE LOVE OF MY LIFE”!

“Yes sir – that is what I am going to do in the place that was the best day of her life”!

OLD MAN WALKING FOR THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE

“Thank you for talking to me sir – God Bless you – I have to be on my way”! he said and turned away.

There goes love – true love – OLD MAN WALKING – FOR THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE!

SHERRY and PAPA – Papa’s World

Papa’s World – Boating the ICW with Diane and Steve!

We are now neighbors and more important – FRIENDS!

Not only do we live near each other – but we have bonds that go back to WNY!

They also lived back in NYS and know many of the places we know!

They purchased a boat a few months ago – mainly for fishing The ICW!
Sherry and Diane as we slowly go from Bricklanding boat ramp all the way to the Little River!
Causeway over to Sunset Beach.

They had invited us to go boating on their second trip out after they had tried it out on their first outing.

We had traveled the length of Ocean Isle Beach – Sunset Beach – Bird Island and finally onto the Little River!

It was a warm day off the water but the wind on THE ICW made it a bit chilly

and long sleeves were welcomed!

We got to LITTLE RIVER just as the CASINO BOAT was returning to the port.
It is really a very large boat that goes out to the ocean where they can legally gamble!
We had no idea we would see this and it was a neat adventure!
Sherry and Diane

We spent almost four hours traveling down to Little River – just cruising slowly and returning!

PAPA and STEVE

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Papa’s World – Family time on Sunset Beach – N.C.

Bode leading the way to the South end of Sunset Beach!

Marcus and Tammy made a surprise visit with the little ones for a four-day stay!

Along the long walkway to the beach – this end of Sunset Beach has no houses and is the beginning of Bird Island.
People make wishes and hang shells on the tree along the 1/4 mile walkway over and through the sand dunes!
Sherry at the end of the walkway and if you turn to her left – nothing but sand – beach and ocean.

This is the start of the 1.4-mile walk to the Kindred Spirit mailbox –

No more homes – dunes with nature walks among them.

A place of solitude – walking in the surf – birds – sand – sea turtles.
Cassidy and Bode – two peas in a pod!
Marcus – Taylor – Bode and Cassidy.
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TAYLOR and BODE – SUNSET BEACH, N.C. NOVEMBER ’21.

Papa’s World – 1.4 miles South from the last house on Sunset Beach – sits a mailbox – KINDRED SPIRIT – now going onto the middle of 5 decades

A large piece of driftwood sits on a sand dune just above the mailbox – dedicated to the man who put it there some four and one half decades ago – along with another hippie female friend.

We had read about this famous mailbox – several books have been written about it –

It is a 1.4 mile walk South on what is called Bird Island – an nature preserve –

located on the Southern half of Sunset Beach in N.C.

I am not sure if this is the other half – the lady friend of Frank – but this is one of two benches next to the mailbox – a place to sit and think and write your thoughts in the journal provided in the mailbox.
The large piece of driftwood with the plaque – overlooking the nature preserve – there are trails back in there to explore – walk in silence with only the breeze – the calling of the birds and the surf .
Papa – at the entrance to the benches and mailbox – waiting as another guest takes her picture.
I can not even imagine how all those years ago – they managed to carry everything here to install the mailbox!
The KINDRED SPIRIT mailbox and benches – this is maintained by persons unknown – has been all these years – and replaced many times as the old ones have slowly eroded away.
It is a lonely spot – yet so many people walk here everyday and leave there writings and thoughts –

throught the years – those journals have been preserved and are considered historical writings –

and are preserved in a museum! I do not know which one but I plan to find out.

The view behind the mailbox at the top of the sand dune – the nature preserve and in the distance –

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH – when on Sunset Beach – go South and I think at 40th. street – the end –

just find a place to park alongside the road – be sure your tires are completly off the pavement – and if a bike path off that also.

Then find the beach access and come to a sign at the beach – it tells you the distance to the mailbox and further down the beach – the jetty and the mouth of the river – where the Casino boats from Little River enter the ocean – going out to the International border line to gamble.

THE KINDRED SPIRIT MAILBOX

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Papa’s World – Bird Island Nature walk with Sherry – Steve and Elaine – five miles walking the surf and beach!

At the Southern end of Sunset Beach is a nature sanctuary called Bird Island

Full of marsh – water and nature trails through the dunes and along the river – all sand and sea grass!

Miles of deserted beach – calm waves and warm water – 82 degrees on the shoreline of N.C.

My thoughts to this is what this must of looked like hundreds and thousands of years before the mass immigration

from Europe and the rest of the World.

No one here – just beautiful nature sand and surf.

Our friends of many years from back in NYS visited for a week.

Elaine and Steve paid us a visit – and we went to Sunset beach – early morning before it got too hot!

When you walk South – Sunset Beach ends and Bird Island begins – no houses and only walkers

like yourself – walking the surf – riding bikes or jogging.

Almost to the bay and jetty – walking trail through the dunes.

This walk round trip is about five miles – so bring water to drink – walk in the surf to cool off –

and just enjoy yourself with the wonder of solitude – the only sound is that of the surf and birds!

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Visiting the KINDRED SPIRIT MAIL BOX on BIRD ISLAND – SUNSET BEACH – N.C.

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