Fort Macon is now a 398 acre beachside state park. With a lucky break from cold winter weather, we loaded the dog in the car and headed to Fort Macon State Park. Though I will always favor the steep cliffs and rising waves of the Pacific Ocean, I admit that North Carolina has some beautiful beaches. Part of the charm of east coast shorelines come from sloping sand dunes covered with tall golden grass and soft white sand. The Atlantic Beach community appreciates the importance of the sand dunes, not just for their charm but for their more practical purpose of protection from tropical storms.
The Atlantic Beach community came up with what I thought was a clever and creative ecology project. After Christmas Fort Macon State Park offered its beaches up as a Christmas tree cemetary. Instead of watching a tree rot on the front curb only to be hauled away to a trash heap, residents could drop off their trees at the state park. The trees will serve as a base for building up the sand dunes, protecting and enriching the beachfront. Scores of Christmas trees lined the beach in semi scroll patterns. I love when items can be cleverly recycled, and when a community comes together to enhance its natural beauty!