I finished up my early morning “volunteer work” ahead of schedule today. The sun and 60º temperature on a January day quickly convinced me to find something to do outdoors.
I happened to be in Beaufort S.Carolina, so cruising around the “sea islands” with the serene scenery is just what I needed to calm my mind and spirit.
I started out by crossing the Beaufort River over the Woods Memorial Bridge onto Lady’s Island. In recent years this area with all its beauty has become a vibrant community. You’ll easily come to that conclusion when you see the fancy new Walmart.
If you ever watched the movie “Forest Gump” you will recognize the bridge.
Traveling south on US 21, I crossed onto St Helena Island. Things slow down a bit here and the island is rich in the history of the Gullah Culture.
Bring a sack to fill up at the roadside fruit and vegetable farms.
I turned onto the 7-mile highway to Lands End. This is where things get interesting because I hope to “see the light”. I have no fear of the haunting tales because if there is a spirit surrounded by the beauty of this area it surely has to be at peace.
To read more about the mysterious light: https://eatsleepplaybeaufort.com/beauforts-haunted-history-the-lands-end-light/
You have arrived….Lands End, South Carolina…
After leaving my first stop is at the “Chapel of Ease”, another “haunted area” on the 7-mile road. I tried really hard to get a dose of scary but just peace and quiet here for me.
For more information: https://eatsleepplaybeaufort.com/beauforts-haunted-history-st-helenas-chapel-of-ease/
I find myself frequently pulling the car to the side of the road to snap a photo or just sit and think about things. The idea that this area has been inhabited since the 1700s, renews my faith in the fact that we are of a kind and gentle folk. The untouched marshes, creeks, and rivers are a sanctuary to the natural wildlife freely living in harmony with us.
The Gullah culture is rich and “Praise houses” are still on the island. In my travels, this is the only area I have seen them.
To read more : http://gullahcommunity.org/our-community/praise-house/
Places to fish, shrimp and launch a boat are everywhere.
At the end of my brief vacation from “busy life”, it’s definitely time for a lunch and thrift store shopping..
Happy travels…get off the I95 in South Carolina exit 33 and find your way to Beaufort…there’s so much to see but don’t visit during a big storm it gets a windy…:)