Wild Goose Chase
Posted January 30, 2007 1:02 p.m. EST
Updated January 30, 2007 3:18 p.m. EST
You should also visit Lake Mattamuskeet, the state's largest natural lake nearby in Hyde County. Mattamuskeet inspired a song by the same name on my Peaceful Journey album. XM Satellite radio plays it several times each week complete with the sounds of tundra swans and snow geese that I recorded one chilly January night.
Scientists say up to 100,000 migratory birds winter in the area. December and January are your best months for a visit. But Pettigrew State Park also has other magnets including some giant trees, great bass fishing, windsurfing, kayaking and ancient dug out canoes, one of which is believed to be 4,400 years old .
It is so easy to put on the cruise control when traveling 64 East until you get to Manteo and Nags Head. Do yourself a favor. Put on the brakes when you go through Washington and Tyrrell counties and check out Pettigrew State Park.