Yes, there were many endangered sea turtle nests staked out during our visit and there were nightly vigils as it was time to hatch.
At Smith Point they direct "traffic" to drive along the top of the dunes until you bypass the nesting area.here in N.Y. access gets closed off due to the endangered Piping plovers. I hear they taste like chicken.
I bought a few things in preparation today. Those expensive tire deflators, a pump, a d-ring thing for my hitch.Well, I'm next to zero experience with beach Jeeping, but it's not a bad idea to have a shovel, a length of board and anything else you might need to get "un-stuck". The park service will not rescue you, although they will cheerfully call a towing company that undoubtedly charge a lot of change for the service! And the usual stuff...water, snacks, sunscreen, a beach chair and a good book. LOL Seriously, you'll really enjoy Kure and the Ft Fischer beach.
Kure beach and Ft. Fisher is a great place, even for the family. Mostly locals live there and most everyone is very friendly. Now that it is the off season for the beach you will mostly run into locals and people fishing. I frequent that area and can vouch that it is very friendly, and you will have a great time, most will happily lend a hand if you are in need of help or advice.I bought a few things in preparation today. Those expensive tire deflators, a pump, a d-ring thing for my hitch.
Then I got some crazy idea about safety. Is it safe out there? I mean from no-goodnicks and whatnot? If I weren't traveling with my family, I wouldn't be concerned about but...
Drive as far as you would like. There are signs that tell you how far you can go.. South end of Ft. Fisher meets up with Bald Head and there are signs that line the beach restricting access.. Cant miss them.These might be some stupid questions, but how far do I drive on the beach?
And how do I keep an eye on my temps?
And, finally, is it going to be a problem that I don't have skid plates installed? Will the sand screw up my engine?
We had an awesome time! It was REALLY windy out there so we didn't say as long as we would have liked but the drive was a blast. I got a little crazy on the way out cutting across some ruts a couple of times but aside from that, I was a good little driver.
We saw an F150 or 250 stuck in the sand pretty close to the water and the tide was coming IN so I hope they were able to dig it out. There were no fewer than 5 guys with shovels working on it and it wasn't floating in the water when we left so I'm pretty sure it made it out.
There were TONS of other Jeeps out there but I think all of them were Wranglers. If my son wants a Wrangler when he starts driving, I will have the hardest time saying "no" to that. When I was his age I really wanted one and after getting my Jeep my love for them has returned pretty strongly. But I digress....
The JGC performed amazingly well. The sand was really thick and I felt like I was steering a boat at times but I never lost traction or felt like I was getting stuck. My kids loved the bouncing up and down while we were going in and out. I felt like a badass so that was good too.
The Staun deflators were worth every penny. They made airing down so easy. They were preset to 18 PSI so I just left them at that.
We will definitely do it again.
I've attached one photo from my iPhone but I've got better ones from my real camera. Those will get posted soon.
Are you sure she doesn't have her eye on the 16yo driving it? :lol:I hear you on the Wrangler...my 14yo has an eye on a bright orange one that cruises in this area. LOL She's love to have one, I'm sure...
I think so. Oh well. Now the question is where do I get that part???D'oh! Must have been the "bounce-a-rama" in that going in/coming out stretch....