Went down to the south end of Topsail this past weekend – absolutely beautiful – looking much as the island did before so much development. T’was good for the soul and since I’m writing about a time when the island looked like this picture, it was very helpful. A friend of mine and her two grandchildren came along – they forgot the coolness of the water and ventured on to low tide islands and rolled down sand dunes. I watched as the boy let his feet sink into the sand before taking a step forward – a game I had forgotten about but was at once reminded of. Up and down the dunes they went, racing one another – we all had a good time. I urge anyone who has not been to the most southern tip of Topsail to do so – to walk all the way from the sound side, past the inlet and to the ocean side – it is fantastic.

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