Try flying Google Earth up and down the east coast of the United States. Fly low over the barrier islands that dot the landscape. Zoom in. Most are heavily developed, or they are in the National Park system, or a state park system, or otherwise under the control of the myriad environmental agencies or nonprofits that acquire such properties. Now, land on Lea Island just north of Wilmington. Look around. It's only a few miles from a vibrant metropolitan area. But it's a world away. On most days of the year, you might have the place to yourself. Magical and eerily deserted, except of course for the thousands of birds of various species, the shy marsh rabbits, the regal osprey, the noble horned owl, the occasional fox, the hard working raccoons, and the rare big buck who swims over from the mainland to escape being hunted. Step into the surf. You won't be alone. A pod of porpoise might swim by so close you can hear them breathe. Or you may see a sand shark cruising the sloughs on the hunt for the Red Drum that meander along the break, or pelicans diving on vast schools of menhaden or finger mullet just out of casting range. Bring a beach chair, a cooler of beer and a good umbrella. Bring a surf rod if you want to catch dinner. Or just sit there and soak it all in. You will be sitting on one of the last wild places along the eastern seaboard where you can actually own a piece of it. It is not a place for the faint of heart. But it is a place for those with a bold imagination. Give us a call and a little notice and we will load up our skiff and show you the way in. It takes a little practice to find just the right place to land.
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