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.
Checking the tide is always helpful when planning a day out on the boat. It’s also helpful for swimmers because the oyster beds can make you say “ouch”…. For US tide tables: http://www.saltwatertides.com
Retirement is now within reach and I have decided that I am not moving anywhere. I have lived in all four corners of the USA and the Southeast Coast was the last move and where I plan to stay for the rest of my days.
Just like the song…Summertime, and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high 🎶
I love the hot humid summers and the mild winters. The mosquito and the sand gnats too!!! Grits, shrimp, and sweet tea…
The photo is an area in Beaufort County South Carolina called “Lands End”.
The rapid flow of the Niagara River just before the crest of the falls is 20 miles per hour.
Combine this with the 75,750 gallons of water falling per second over the American and Bridal Veil Falls, and the 681,750 gallons per second falling over the Horseshoe Falls (Canadian side) and the results are:
Enough force to provide electricity to 3.8 million homes including the City of Buffalo New York and Toronto Ontario.
Breaking my travel habit of staying off the Interstate this day I gave in to the straight and narrow of I84 east of Portland because of the magnificent mountain and river view.
Thank goodness for the rain, traffic moved slow enough to take in the incredible sights of the river gorge. My destination was set to have lunch at the https://fullsailbrewing.com in Hood River.
My first unplanned stop was at Multnomah Falls a national scenic area, and a good rest stop for travelers. The elegant cascade of flowing water from over 600 feet above the ground is relaxing and has a refreshing mist. Parking area, restrooms, a full service restaurant, and a gift shop are at the site and the exit is an easy “on” and “off”, offering all around convenience.
With my unexpected tour of the Falls I cut my time short at Hood River. It is a small port city on the Columbia River, with robust waterfront. I did not get a chance to venture out of the area close to the restaurant but with just a glimpse I could sense a community of small businesses welcoming locals and visitors.
On the way back to Portland, another unexpected stop at the Viento State Park. A word of advise “hold on to your hats” Windsurfers know this spot, so I’m giving you the “heads up”. I didn’t think I would have a photo clear enough to post because I was shaking just trying to hold on to my camera. It is a wind tunnel, and no surprise all that the pet sign said “leashes required”
So that was my day out in the beautiful Pacific Northwest…..Oregon is never disappointing, and the beer float with wild Alaskan salmon, well…that was just yum, yum , yum
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.
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….