On a morning in March, I drove my truck down a dirt road straight as a wound drawn across the ditched and drained fields of the Alligator River National Wildlife…
Merchants Millpond is an archetypal southern swamp—bald cypress and water tupelo rising from stained water, Spanish moss dripping from tree limbs akimbo, spadderdock and water lily floating on the surface…
In a lifetime, a mature alligator may grow 2,000 to 3,000 teeth. And those teeth are set in a jaw that can crush a turtle’s shell.
You could sometimes hear the red wolves howling and howl in response, pretending yourself wild and the last of your kind.
All that remains of Buffalo City itself are scattered debris, rotting railroad ties, and rusting rails but at one time Russian was spoken here as commonly as English.
Sidney Creek lies only ¾ mile from my house on the shore of Chocowinity Bay, but the short paddle is a transition between worlds.