Southeast USA Coastline

The ever changing scenery

Hunting Island S Carolina Mid-day

 

Nothing beats an early morning walk and toes in the waves
Jekyll Island Georgia, before the afternoon thunderstorm
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Folly Field S Carolina, as the tide goes out
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Hilton Head S Carolina, as the storm moves out
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Hilton Head, S Carolina Surfs up
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Ormond Beach Florida, High Tide
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Hilton Head, S Carolina sunset
And Best of all, it’s just so much fun to jump over the waves

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Bee Happy🐝

Alice

 

 

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Lights out-Save the sea turtles

 

 

Not only is it unkind to disturb the nests along the South Carolina coast it is also illegal.  Loggerhead turtles are considered to be an endangered species. Here are some simple ways that you can help assist with their survival and the new baby turtles while enjoying a beach vacation.

  • Comply with the “lights out” policy if you are staying in an ocean front building
  • Remove your beach chairs and umbrellas from the beach in the evening
  • Do not leave any trash or plastic on the beach
  • Return any sandcastles or holes to the original surface when leaving the beach
  • Never disturb a nest, a nesting turtle or a hatchling

Doing these things will help the turtles from getting disoriented, tangled, trapped or unable to reach the nest.

If you are a new visitor to the beach, after taking a short walk you will likely find it preposterous,  that anyone would want to disrupt the lives of wildlife.

 

 

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Photo credit: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Share the “good life” and Bee Happy 🐝

Alice

 

 

Summer thunderstorms

The Southeast USA expects the afternoon rain in the summer

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Summer brings intense  heat, high humidity and afternoon thunderstorms to the Southeastern USA.  Late afternoon and early evening storms can be expected.  It all starts with the rumbling thunder, dark clouds and maybe a lightning flash,  the downpour follows. Don’t expect things to cool off.  Daily temperatures during July and August stay in the 90’s and evenings drop into the 70’s.

A few visitor tips:

Keep an eye on the sky for the dark clouds that roll in

Roll up your car windows if you expect to be away after 4pm

Pack an umbrella

Plan your nap for 4-5PM

Listen for the rumble if you’re at the beach because it’s a mad dash when the rain starts

🐝Bee Happy

Alice

Beach safety tips

Lifeguard beach flags and beach safety.

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Lifeguards on duty are the first sign that the beach season is here.  There are ways you can help them out by taking note of what’s happening where you are located.  Here are some signs to look for when getting your day started.

Posted beach warning flags

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Check for the mile marker sign so in the event of calling for help you will offer an accurate location

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Check the time for high and low tides…this helps to keep your towels and flip-flops from floating away when you are having a fun in the water.  But even more important is that shallow water can become deep very quickly.  For more information on tides and a link to check tide tables: https://effinghammoves.com/2018/05/12/tide-tables/

 

Learn about rip currents: https://www.weather.gov/safety/ripcurrent

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Make a safety plan with the folks you’re with……

I always used the “count heads” method with children, at all times I had my eyes on them and if I lost one bopping head it was time to check it out.

Happy beach days….hope you get a good dose of vitamin Sea this summer 🙂

Okefenokee Swamp, natures treasure chest

Okefenokee swamp is a treasure chest of natures beauty and wildlife. 90 year old alligators greet you at the entrance located in Waycross Georgia

The Okeefenokee swamp is located in south Georgia and Florida.
The area is approximately 700 square miles and is the largest swamp in North America.

You can easily spend a full day or more in the park capturing a glimpse of the many species of birds, reptiles, plants, mammals, fish, and amphibians.
We entered the park in Waycross, Georgia 59 miles west of I 95 at the US 82 exit in Brunswick Georgia.
The park is very accommodating with a gift shop, information center, restrooms, boat tours, a train tour, 92’ observation tower, snack and gift shop, and a reptile show.

The signs throughout are a constant reminder that the animals can be dangerous, I understand the frequent postings because the setting is so serene that it would be easy to let your guard down.

As we approached the welcome center two alligators, one huge and the other medium size sat out in the open. They sit so still that I questioned whether or not they were real.

There is an admission fee, with several discounts offered including the senior discount. We passed on the boat tour because we did not allot enough time. The park closes before dark unless they are hosting a night event or light show.

The signs throughout are a constant reminder that the animals can be dangerous, I understand the frequent postings because the setting is so serene that it would be easy to let your guard down.

As we approached the welcome center two alligators, one huge and the other medium size sat out in the open. They sit so still that I questioned whether or not they were real or part of the attraction.

I was excited about the observation tower but it offered me a challenge. It is accessible by boat or walking through the swamp…yikes…they have a walkway that is about 6 inches above the water.  Of course, the release of liability required to be signed was only the beginning of my apprehension. My first time out there i just couldn’t do it.

Most of the boardwalk is high enough to feel comfortable and the animals mostly come out at night , but you never know..I doubt they follow a rule book

My second try at the low board I looked straight ahead and walked quickly. I was so relieved to see the steps going up at the end. On our way back I walked in front of my husband. When I got halfway I thought this is it, I did it, and then I heard the splash! I ran and then I heard a big splash! When I jumped up on the steps, I forgot all about Hubby. I called out for him and he didn’t answer because he was standing real still and quiet. Anyways, he finally came up a few minutes later and said “I think it was a small gator or a snake”…So folks if I go back again I’ll take the boat. Children under 18 are not permitted on the walkway and should not go on it..I ‘m usually not a scare-dy cat but this is the real deal, there are no mechanical animals here.

The observation tower is a treat for birdwatchers at 60 feet, but to take photos and see the view of the 25 mile radius on a clear day I made my way to 92 feet. You can see the blackwater winding creeks and way down upon the Suwannee River🎶

The tour guide on the train was very informative, and had a personal relationship with the wildlife. The dominant alligators have names and their behavior is monitored and studied. Mating season is in late March.

The reptile show was very interesting and I would suggest it for school age children.

Temperature was 65 degrees, and sunny. No bugs bothered us, and best of all there were no “litter bugs” the water was sparkling and only the habitants were floating around..

Happy travels 🙂 through America the beautiful…Share the good advise from the swamp

 

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Nature coast of Florida

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My holidays travels had me out and about and I found my way into central Florida.  The weather was just perfect at 72º, so I had the urge to jump into the Rainbow Spring. There were others that had the same idea and it’s pretty cool…both the idea and temperature.  You also have to be a little brave because you may have a close encounter with some of the natural habitants of the river.  The state park area has a designated swim spot and it is patrolled to keep an eye out for alligators or dangerous snakes.  We spent 2 days in Dunnelon, and found plenty to do.

The city and surrounding area has an interesting history of being a mining town for phosphate.   That was news to me but explains why this little city has some old homes and buildings.  Today, you will find a nice variety of shops, motels, restaurants and a lot of water sports…It’s easy enough to rent equipment or take a river cruise on an airboat.

 

To get a feel for the community and and the welcoming atmosphere get off the I75 and find your way to US 41 and see a part of the not so tropical Florida

Happy travels off the interstate…..it’s much more fun to experience the scenery first hand

Merry Christmas from Coastal Georgia/South Carolina

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Travel tip….Huddle House is open for good eats on Christmas Day…..To find a location https://locations.huddlehouse.com/search.html

Happy Travels 🙂