Beach trail is 'happy place'

Posted August 20, 2010
Updated August 21, 2010

— North Carolinians feeling the stress of daily life can find peace in a small cranny carved through sand, brush and marsh just south of Kure Beach.

Television news photographer Dustin Etheridge said his profession had him in search of peace a couple years ago.

"From car wrecks to shooting and things like that, that kind of eats away at you. It's go-go nonstop," Etheridge said.

So Etheridge got in his car and headed to the beach. He discovered what he calls his "happy place" – the Basin Trail in the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area.

"There's not a lot of chaos here," Etheridge said. "I came on the trail and started walking. I was out here three hours that day."

Photographer Sarah Longworth said she practices her craft along the mile-long trail through marsh and brush.

"We like to do a lot of hiking. It doesn't have a lot of elevation, but there's a lot of nature here," Longworth said. "You don't have to worry about your job or your bills or how you're going to take care of this or that." Basin Trail_03 Step away from every day on Basin Trail

Etheridge said his biggest worry is whether to tell people about his happy place.

"They're missing out," he said.

Yet, he debated with himself: "I don't want too many people to come here. Then it might be over-populated."

In the end, Etheridge concluded: "You owe it to yourself to check it out."

Nearby attractions include the North Carolina Aquarium and Fort Fisher, as well as the beach.


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  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Aug 20, 2010


    You're well named.

    Not particularly useful, but well named.

  • wbshattuck Aug 20, 2010

    Is there some law that I don't know about that says everything listed under the news section has to be about death, robbery, and distruction?

  • Scare Crow Aug 20, 2010

    everythingticsmeoff.....every thing just tics you off doesn't it? News does not need to be negative to be news!

  • twc Aug 20, 2010

    Daggone humans. Why you wanna rain on this man's parade?

  • EverythingTicksMeOff Aug 20, 2010

    fl2nc2ca2md2nc, you might be right except that stuff like this isn't news. It doesn't belong in the news section. It should be placed in a fluffy features section. It's the least we should expect of a news organization, that they keep their content properly classified and identified.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Aug 20, 2010

    One thing you can count on, other than the sun setting, is all the critics on GOLO!

    I think it's a great story as I learned about a new place to go check out in this great state. Thanks for the tips TomInRal...

    To the critics, take some time off from GOLO and get out and enjoy the awesome splendor of this state! Or just keep being "grouched out"... ;-)

  • TomIn Ral Aug 20, 2010

    OK, now that the word is "out", my advice to make this a happy visit...

    Take deet.
    Wear or at least carry sandals for protection against sand spurs and/or shell cuts.
    Be sure to check out the Hermit's Bunker.
    Take water.
    And, did I mention take plenty of deet?

  • fatchanceimwrong Aug 20, 2010

    This is news?