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Beaufort County

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15 travelers at this place:

  • Day14

    Friday afternoon, April 20

    April 20 in the United States

    After lunch, we drive 15 miles to the city of Beaufort. It is the second oldest city in South Carolina. It reminds us of a mini Charleston.

    We wander through the historic downtown section, and then over to the point where all the grand old homes are. Beautiful architecture and gardens. Live oaks form a canopy over the streets. The salt marshes and water all around smells so fresh.

    We walk back downtown and have dinner at Old Bull Tavern. The menu is impressive and the food is delicious. We'd like to come back here again, but sit inside next time. The bugs just won't leave us alone.

    We return to the campground and go for another bike ride on the beach. Tonight, it is colder and the wind is strong. Red warning flags are flying on the beach. Still a good ride. Packing up tonight and heading for Myrtle Beach tomorrow.

    Still rereading Icy Sparks!
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  • Day13

    Thursday, April 19

    April 19 in the United States

    The drive from Anastasia to Hunting Island goes well. We travel through miles of "low country" to arrive here. Lots of salt water marshes, big bridges, little bridges. Beautiful country.

    It is hot and humid here today. 29 degrees Celsius, feels like 33!

    SITE 186 -HUNTING ISLAND STATE PARK! Do NOT take it again. It is hilly and strangely set up - hard to figure out where to put the camper. We ask to change sites, but are told the park is fully booked tonight. We return to 186, move the fire pit and level the camper with 4 blocks in the back and 1 in the front on the passenger side. It is hot work. Tony relaxes after with a beer and a book. I stay in the camper with all the windows closed and the air conditioner on! I need to chill!

    This park was hit by Tropical Storm Irma last year and Hurricane Matthew the year before. Many oceanfront sites were wiped out and won't be rebuilt. Others have been restored but have no shade. The sand dunes were completely obliterated by Matthew, so when Irma arrived, more trees were blown down, and the entire area was flooded. The camp store was damaged, washrooms had to be rebuilt, and roads were washed away. They have spent the last 2 years rebuilding and there is still lots to do. The park was closed for several months.

    Our site is further back, and we do have trees and shade, but I'm a little nervous about these tall old trees. It's breezy!

    After dinner, we ride our bikes on the beach, which is wide, flat, hard-packed sand. It is warm and there is a light breeze. It is a beautiful hour and a half long ride. We stop at the camp store on the way back. It's nicely set up with souvenirs and everything a camper might need.
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  • Day14

    Friday morning, April 20

    April 20 in the United States

    The temperature has dropped by at least 30 degrees overnight. It is very cool and windy. Back into jeans and sweaters and jackets!

    There is a lighthouse about 1.5 miles from here, within the park. It is open to the public. We bike there, taking a 1.6 km hilly leaf covered bike path. Challenging for the legs, for sure! I fall once, but no harm done!

    $2:00 each gets us in, and we have a long conversation with the volunteer there. He and his wife are from Illinois. They volunteer here regularly, in exchange for a free campsite and a small stipend. This year they have been here for 6 months, helping to repair the damage from Matthew and Irma. He is full of information about the park, the lighthouse, the surrounding area, barrier islands, etc. He takes our photos, and then we climb the 167 steps to the top of the lighthouse. There is a landing every 20 steps with information boards so we stop to read. Lots of interesting info about the lives of lighthouse keepers and their families.

    It is very windy at the top, but what a view! On a clear day, you can see 40 miles off into the horizon!

    We descend, and tour the grounds. Again, more interesting info about lighthouses and their keepers.

    We bike home on the road this time. Much more level and easier to navigate than the path!
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  • Day14

    South Carolina

    February 18, 2017 in the United States

    Hatte in meiner Aufzählung dann wohl doch noch einen Bundesstaat vergessen. South Carolina liegt auch noch auf unserer Reise. Haben heute wieder die Küste erreicht und die Hafenstädtchen Beaufort erkundet. Über Meilen hinweg ging es nur von Inselchen zu Inselchen, bevor wir endlich den Atlantik zu Gesicht bekommen haben. Die Freude auf den Campingplatz direkt am Meer mit Sandstrand, wie angepriesen wurde, war groß. Dummerweise war im Oktober 2016 ein Hurrikan schon Gast auf diesem Campground. Leider ist der Amerikaner nicht ganz so fix, seine Webseite mal entsprechend zu aktualisieren. So standen wir nun vor verschlossenen Türen und umgekippten Palmen. Haben dennoch unweit davon ein Plätzchen gefunden. Sternenklarer Himmel und die Grillen zirpen...Read more

  • Day20

    Before Jim Crow [Beaufort]

    January 12 in the United States

    We covered a lot of ground today but most of it was wet and obscured by incessant rain. Our only stop was one of the newest parks in the system. The Reconstruction Era National Monument in Beaufort, SC. In fact, today was their grand opening. Alas, the Great Orange Haired One and his we're-not-racist cronies basically zeroed out the new monument's budget. So, nice building but no story to tell. Guess Jim Crow laws were fake history.Read more

  • Day0

    Port Royal, South Carolina

    April 1, 2017 in the United States

    What can we say about Port Royal ? True question is, what can we not say?

    Departing the Atlanta area after a kind stay there with Pat, the mother of his child and dogs galore we pushed to our first stay in South Carolina.

    We stayed within my best friend during high school. John Hinkley Jr. who's not the "assassin" people recognize that name for. I hadn't seen this man physically since 1989 and he still has them pretty baby blue eyes and crass humor as we did in our youth. With a doll of a wife we shared endless stories about our young life. Many of those are best censor because we were crazy kids in high school.

    He and his wife put us up for two days and his culinary skills are bombastic after all these years. As he barbecued our first meal and wild storm blew through thanks to Mother Nature.

    John nailed the cook out as rain heaved upon us and the cats. Did I mention he's a wayward cat lover....how they appear upon his doorstep and he gives them loving with food and water? It's best I don't besmirch his rep, but yeah he's always been a sucker for pussy.

    Anyhow, he approaches me with a bargain: If I supply and he paint will you give my hugging tree some eyeballs? Of course I said yes, but only after I blew some fireballs into the air and entertained him and his wife with magic. The ladies quickly connected like long lost sisters, ball busting us at any opportunity. GOOD TIMES!!! All the way.

    Second day he took ok us for a bike ride around town filling us in on its history. Such a lovely place, but watch out for chiggers and sand fleas cause they ate Sami and I's legs like a soup kitchen.
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  • Day16

    Hunting Island State Park SC

    May 22, 2016 in the United States

    A great five nights with Judy and Larry Starratt. We arrived to find site #82 flooded. Moved to site #102. Great meals together and beach time. We met their new little pup Mei ling. On to the Florida Panhandle.

  • Day107

    Vindicated!

    February 11, 2017 in the United States

    Before leaving Olympia, we had pinned many hopes on the over-55 community in Bluffton, South Carolina. Great shopping and interesting cities 30-45 minutes away. But we fell in love with NE Florida and the Ponte Vedra community.

    We finally made it to the Bluffton area today and are happy to report, we believe we did not make a mistake. Though the town of Bluffton was cute, it was by turns touristy and down at the heels. The over-55 community was HUGE and, we fear, prone to the same feeling of isolation we saw in the large Texas community. As brother-in-law John warned us, there was a LOT of traffic, and we couldn't even see where it was going! The nearest community on Hilton Head Island seemed either for golf lovers or tourists.

    We availed ourselves of the Whole Foods Market and got out of town as quickly as we could. We MIGHT have stopped at a nice ice cream shop to help with the trauma of it all.

    This is Gordon... After the last time I got stung by a bee and swelled up to twice my size, I am a bit sensitive about them. The last photo of the church does not show the swarm of bees near the peak of the roof. Just looking at the bees sent chills down my spine. I realize that I must have a phobia about them.
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  • Day107

    Chow Daddy's Bluffton SC

    February 11, 2017 in the United States

    Food was good. I don't know what happened to make the photo red, the food wasn't that hot.

    Gordon had pulled pork on cheddar jalapeno cornbread. Heather had fried chicken with pimento cheese on a bun. Both came with a light and flavorful bed of fresh greens which included several tasty herbs. DANG ... they had lots of interesting craft beers on tap, but it was before noon!

You might also know this place by the following names:

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