After World War II, the US Navy ran a secret program called Operation Bumblebee on Topsail Island (where I just happen to be for the weekend). The program was designed to develop and test supersonic guided missles. The Navy built eight concrete towers, which were used to track and study the missiles. These towers still stand, a few of them incredibly ugly and plain, but several of them have been transformed into beautiful homes. It so happens that the friend’s cottage John and I are staying in is right across the street from one of these homes. I thought you might like to see an example of what Marcus’s house might look like, although his is not this gorgeous tomato red. Actually, in my imagination, Marcus’s house is a bit funkier than this and has a partially flat roof and a metal ladder climbing up its side (all necessary for my story!), but you get the idea.
We’re packing up to leave for home. This has been a very quick and lovely trip to the beach, but now it’s time to return to reality.