Twenty five miles northwest of Savannah Georgia in Effingham County is New Ebenezer one of the first five settlements in Georgia USA. In 1741 the colonists who originated in the Province of Salzburg known today as Austria made this their home. Bring a lunch and plan to spend the day. Situated on the banks of […]
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 it’s 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 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 real 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 1700’s, 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 this.
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 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…:)
This will really get you thinking about how modern a society we are. This is a replica of a shell ring that are found in coastal Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. To read more about these mysterious little villages: http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/history-archaeology/coastal-shell-rings
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
Trying to shop for the perfect gift at Christmas for my husband is more difficult for me than the “Secret Santa” game. This year since we are now “empty nesters” I decided to get really extravagant. Since he does not care for caviar, Brazilian coffee or gourmet cheese from southern Italy it took some thought. Easy enough, I shopped at local homemade soap boutique and splurged on a $60.00 per pound bar of Lemongrass scented soap that weighed in at 1/4 pound ($15.00) I carried on and filled the gift bag with cotton candy bath bombs, eucalyptus foot cream, spearmint lip balm, and still had change left over from my $100 budget..
I tried my best and failed at extravagance, but I bet I have the best smelling husband at the New Years Eve celebration….Happy New Year y’all from Savannah, Georgia USA🎉
I’d like to tell you all I live here but I can’t say that today…This cozy small community with pastel colored homes is so charming. Located just south of Beaufort S. Carolina it has been catching the eye of newcomers to the Southeast USA. I strolled the small neighborhood of residences and also stopped for lunch at the “Cracked Egg”, one of the few locally owned restaurants. If you like antiques, art and doo-dads, you’ll find shopping for all that with a village like atmosphere.
There’s more….if you like History..that too!
Wildlife and nature at your doorstep…Port Royal is between the Beaufort River and Battery Creek
And with all this and the pleasant year round climate what I like best is the personality of this community …It’s just a happy friendly place…
For more information please visit: http://www.portroyal.org
Happy travels….hop off the I95 …Follow signs for Parris Island SC and you’ll get here….the summer is hot and humid, bring the bug spray, your trip may take a little longer but it’s a fun use of time