Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina USA

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I made quick stop this morning to walk the nature trail and give myself an excuse to stay off the treadmill today.  December is a great month in coastal South Carolina because the humidity is gone, the morning temperature was a chilly 37º, and the pesty mosquitos and gnats are in hiding.  I walked the main 3.5 mile trail that borders the salt marsh. The serene setting enables me to think about what it must have been like to habitat and farm this island hundred of years ago.

I’ll make another trip back there this spring and try to catch some of  natures beautiful animals and plants that don’t like the chilly days….But for now here is some scenery

For travelers on the I95 exit SC #8 (hwy 278) go east 20 miles towards Hilton Head Island. As you get to the bridge for the island you will see the sign for Pinckney Island on your left.  It’s free and parking is easy.  There are no restrooms or snack shops on the island so make a stop along the way because you will want to stay awhile and scout out the trails. Bikes, hiking and salt water fishing is allowed in the estuarine.

Happy travels 🙂

 

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Holiday Gingerbread house..Grand Floridian Disney World USA

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Disneyworld is my “no doubt about it” favorite vacation destination.  Living within 5 hours of Orlando makes it easy to visit at least twice a year.

This is one of my holiday tips for those that have not seen the Grand Floridian decorated for Christmas and the huge Gingerbread house, so make sure to jot this down.  Its just another beyond imagination creation of the talented Disney staff.

If you stay at any of the Disney resorts and take their transportation you can figure out a way to get on the bus that stops at this resort.  It’s close to the Magic Kingdom and you can also take the monorail from the park to this resort.  Fun for all ages and a great lunch stop.

Happy travels 🙂    For more info: https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2017/11/fantastical-gingerbread-displays-decorate-the-walt-disney-world-resort/

 

Lancaster Pennsylvania-Bring your appetite

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No speeding
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Baked fresh
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Home cooking and great prices

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I never pass up the opportunity to get off the Pennsylvania turnpike and take any of the rolling highways through Lancaster, Berks and York county on the east side of the state.

I have stopped my vehicle at the look out points to take  a moment of silence to reflect on  the beauty I was surrounded by.

We often identify the state of Pennsylvania by the large cities of Pittsburg and Philadelphia that also have some of the best baked breads and “cheesesteak” sandwiches in the world but in between there is a mountain of beauty.

The  life of the Amish community is amazing to watch, and encouraged me to pass on  my own family traditions to my children and grandchildren.  We certainly can use some simplicity in our complicated fast paced world.

The locally owned restaurants feature home cooking with fresh ingredients and the farmers markets are more than a treat and they sell lots of treats!!!

Try the “shoofly pie”  yep….it’s yummy

For more information visit: http://www.discoverlancaster.com/index.asp

 

 

Step back to the 1890’s at Fort Fremont on Lands End Road-Beaufort S Carolina

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I don’t have a whole lot to say about this Fort except that it was rather spooky to me even in the afternoon.  It is located in Beaufort County  a coastal S Carolina county and this is on St. Helena island that has a wealth of culture,  marshland, wildlife and the after life.

For those who seek out the hauntings  you may want to take the 2 mile drive from Frogmore to Lands end in the evening, there is a mysterious light that has been known to chase vehicles.

I’m a beleiver because I felt the chills on a hot humid afternoon.  Also, I would not rate this Fort as family friendly, so keep the young and old nearby.

For a reference point this is located not far off the I 95 between Charleston S Carolina and Savannah Georgia.

Read all about the spooky stuff: http://ghostsnghouls.com/2013/04/28/lands-end-light-beaufort/

Happy scary travels 🙂 If you want to taste the delicious local shrimp or Gumbo  I would suggest the Foolish Frog http://thefoolishfrog.com or any of the casual dining spots in the area….Low Country cooking…yummy

 

 

Quick lunch and sweets on the Riverwalk in Savannah Georgia

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Some days you just can’t resist getting out of the house to enjoy the pleasant 70 degree temperature and clear blue sky.  That day for me was November 1st in beautiful Savannah Georgia. Travelers on the I 95 can easily get to the Historic area by hopping on the I 16 (GA exit 99)  going east. It will end in downtown Savannah and anything you look at from that point on to the river will be a treat.

There are several restaurants and shops to keep you busy, or test your balancing skills  walking along  the streets of ballast stones that were  brought over on the ships to fill with cotton.

Our two stops included a cocktail on the rooftop lounge of the Bohemian Hotel (Rocks on the Roof)  http://www.bohemianhotelsavannah.com

followed by my craving for the best pralines ever….https://www.riverstreetsweets.com

Bring your camera and a seafood appetite!

Hunting Island, S Carolina 1875 Lighthouse

Hunting Island South Carolina is located in Beaufort County, 16 miles east of Historic Beaufort.  For Interstate 95 travelers it is between Savannah Georgia and Charleston South Carolina.

The beach is beautiful white sand and it a great time collecting shells.  The park has an entry fee and there is also a fee to go up in the lighthouse.

You will find restaurants and small shopping nearby along with the many historic sites in the Beaufort area.

Happy travels…I would put this down as a “must see”

#8 Buoy catches a wave during Irma…lands on Hilton Head Island beach

Locals and visitors are having a big time on Hilton Head Island’s Coligny Beach getting a first hand view of a Coast Guard buoy.

During hurricane Irma the buoy washed ashore and it is not an item that can easily be sent back to its home with a weight of 13,000 pounds. For anyone that ever questioned the strength of these hurricanes here’s the proof that they can take you for quite a ride.

For more information: http://www.islandpacket.com/news/local/article173142586.html

Also a community Facebook page has been set up #savethebuoy : https://www.facebook.com/8buoy/