Tippy Toes​

The Low Country of South Carolina offers an abundance of leisurely outdoor activities. The Cypress Wetlands shown here are located in Port Royal.  The adventurous side of me decided to take the walk just assuming I would catch up with others on such a beautiful spring day.

I did my due diligence and read the rules.  Then I proceeded to the large deck overlooking the wetland that leads you to the walking trail.

Not feeling very comfortable with the sign, and the pond very close, my memories of the Okefenokee returned.  As the ground gets lower I am happy to see a wooden walkway with a rail and metal meshing to keep the critters away.

This is where it gets very quiet and I start losing hope in finding another visitor nearby.

I can see ahead of me and the end of the wooden walkway. As I stepped off the decking and back onto to the blacktop the warning sign stared at me.

I softly took a few steps forward, then I heard the “splash” and a chorus of birds chirping. I skewed around and high tailed it back to the safety of the deck.  Needless to say, that ended my tour for the day.  I’m not a quitter so I’ll be going back, but I’m bringing a big stick.

Port Royal South Carolina is located just south of Beaufort South Carolina. Lots to see and do in this cool seaside town.

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1830’s coastal South Carolina community tops the list for relocation choices

 

Something old something new, the town of Bluffton located in Beaufort County on the bluff of the May River.  An short twelve miles west of Hilton Head and twenty miles northeast of Savannah Georgia, the “Old Town” area has become a popular tourist attraction.  Offering visitors a casual feel of a true coastal community with the preservation of many of it’s local landmarks.  The  spanish moss draped over the limbs of the old oak trees clearly says “you are in the south”.

 

The May River offers an abundance of fish, shrimp, blue crab, fiddlers crab and oysters  all embraced by the beauty of the salt marsh.

 

To get up up close,  kayaking and fishing excursions are offered by: http://mayriverexcursions.com

After admiring all the beauty and historic homes take time to visit some of the unique boutiques and get a bite to eat.  The choice of local restaurants  finds something for everyone.  Of course, seafood is high up the list with fresh catch readily available.

 

Winters are mild, summers are hot and humid. “Old Town”  is a place for the gathering of family and friends.  Thursday afternoon Calhoun street closes to host a farmers market.  Festivals are scheduled throughout the year.  Bluffton now leads the state as being the fasted growing town, attractive to retires for the mild climate and all others who desire  easy living.  New home communities are popping up, as well as retail, restaurants, and services to meet the growing demand.

 

So if you stay for a day or for a lifetime, you’ll grab a piece of the past of this cozy small town on the river side.

 

Happy travels 🙂  From I95 take South Carolina exit 8 (hwy 278) east, go 17 miles and you will be there….

Coastal Carolina gem…Port Royal

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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.

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Breakfast or lunch

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There’s more….if you like History..that too!

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Wildlife and nature at your doorstep…Port Royal is between the Beaufort River and Battery Creek

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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…

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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

 

 

 

Salt Marsh…Coastal Carolina and Georgia

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It’s not  unusual to hear travelers passing through South Carolina and Georgia comment on the outdoor smell.  Some make a quick assumption that it is industry when in fact it is from a very natural resource the salt marsh.   Natural wildlife inhabited areas are open to walk through on trails and you will have a “spa like” feeling after a short period of time from the quiet peaceful environment.   So hop off the I95 when your nose starts to itch in the low country and pamper yourself to a free retreat.

Happy travels 🙂

For more information: https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/saltmarsh.html

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