A walk on the wildlife side

A relaxing 7.8 mile trail on Pinckney Island S Carolina

Pinckney Island, South Carolina

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Feel free to tag along on one of my favorite walking trails through the salt marsh of coastal South Carolina.  The island is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and has a 7.8 mile trail available for a leisure walk or bike ride.

 

Wildflowers are included among the Salt Marsh plants.  Sea-Ox-Eye, vines and Cattails that produce 10,000 seeds a year surround the ponds.

 

Low Tide

Visiting at low tide allows a great opportunity to view many of the marsh plants and shell fish.  Fiddler crabs, oysters and mussels can easily be spotted.

 

The Rookery

 

Wading birds that nest or roost include the White Ibis, Little Blue Heron, and Wood storks. Wading birds occupy as many as 10 nests per tree in the rookery.

 

 

Storms

Hurricane Matthew 2016 and Tropical Storm Irma 2017, left behind mementos of their visit to Coastal South Carolina.

Salt Pan Creatures

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American alligator, preys on young birds that fall from nests in the nearby rookery.

The coastal marshes and waters provide 70 percent of the seafood we eat. Oysters, fish, shrimp, crabs and more.

I use caution when approaching the marsh areas and ponds.  During low tide you have a better view of your surroundings, and with a keen eye you may spot racoons, bobcats, snakes and turtles.

 

Alice

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A nutty fix

Removing gum stuck to your hair

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It’s beach vacation week with the Grandkids and so far we have had only two slight mishaps.
Gum in the hair:
My first thought was to get the scissors out, but it was wadded up in the front about midway, and that didn’t seem to be the most practical solution.
Luckily, we had a jar of peanut butter, and I heard somewhere  that it removes gum from hair and other surfaces. I scooped out a teaspoon full and rubbed it on the sticky hair with my fingers. I worked it into the gum until I could feel it soften. Next, I used my thumb and pointer finger to squeeze the gum down the strands of hair. It took a few times but it worked like a gem. It also left the hair shiny and conditioned.

Glitter in the eye:
Art kits keep them busy but next time I’m heading back to the Play-doh aisle. Glitter and glue are not such a good toy choice for two seven-year-old boys. They would rather throw it each other than sprinkle it on the sticky paper, and if a teeny piece gets in the eye, it irritates like a piece of dust. I took a chance of removing it with artificial tear drops.  Along with a cooperative little boy willing to assist in keeping his eyelid up, it worked. We washed away the glitter and the bugs from his germy hand that rubbed the eye.

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So, there you have it….a few tips to help out with the kids..and a good reason to invite Grandma on vacation.

Bee Happy🐝

Alice