First Time at Botany Bay

On New Year’s Day we woke up and decided to give Botany Bay one more try.  It was closed the previous day for hunting, but we hoped it was open today.  Jack was really disgruntled about not being able to come with us two days in a row, but the website was very clear that dogs were not allowed.  We were both relieved when we pulled in and saw the gate was open.  They also had some volunteers helping at the entrance who gave us a very nice map and instructions on the driving tour.  The nature preserve is actually two former plantations and there are some ruins throughout that you can look at.  We decided to do the driving tour first and save the beach for last, which I recommend,  or you can skip the driving tour which really wasn’t that interesting. Here’s the pictures of the driving tour.

The remains of an old ice house from one of the plantations

 

The ice was kept in the hole in the ground which was cool to see

 

This section ran along the marsh which was beautiful and we were lucky enough to run across this woman who brought her horses to take a picture. I love moments like that.

 

The roads really weren’t in great shape but we managed ok

 

For many years there was a caretaker on the property and this tree had a stone set in memoriam

 

There are worse ways to be remembered

 

The reason this is perfect for a nature preserve is this natural dam which divides the body of water into smaller sections for the birds

 

One interesting relic was this beehive well which was created by slaves in the 1800’s

 

My favorite spot of the entire driving tour was this beautiful area with overlapping oaks. I tried but my picture couldn’t really capture the depth and beauty of it

Finally we made it back to the beach and were surprised by the number of cars.  It’s a half mile pleasant walk to the beach area and we saw lots of families with small children making the trek.

At low tide these oyster beds are uncovered and the birds come out to feed. It was a bit chilly so we didn’t see many but the beds were neat.

 

I also had a chance to try out my new magnetic Pocket Plus.  I have tried so many water holders I can’t even count them but this is really cool.  It allows those of us who go beltless to use magnets to hold the pouch and it didn’t hurt me at all.  I really liked it and highly recommend it.

It was a pleasant walk but so far nothing really special, but it was free and it was a beautiful day.  Then we came out on the beach and wow, just wow.  There are places that you see things you have never seen anywhere before and this was one of them. Here are the pictures and yes it really looked like this although the scope was impossible to capture.  This area was at least a mile long and because you can’t take shells there were tons of them.

The beach is full of huge oak trees. Too many to count

 

When I say huge I mean huge. This is the root system of one of them. 

 

 

It’s important that you come close to low tide if you want to see these trees all jumbled up and exposed, although we’ve seen some great pictures of the standing trees surrounded by water at high tide. 

 

Many of them have been there so long they are covered with barnacles and there is surprisingly little trash as you walk along

 

We did see this one huge metal piece from a ship which was cool in and of itself because who knows how old it is.

 

I loved the gorgeous shells people stacked up places. It was a statement. I saw the shell, but I am not taking it. I stacked a few as well. You would never see this at a regular beach.

We walked for a couple of hours and could have stayed longer but I started getting hungry.  It’s a really special place, totally free, and I hope you get to see it on your travels.  Just don’t go on Tuesday!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some pictures Lee took!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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First Time on Edisto Island

Generally I plan our little adventures, but once in a while Lee does some research and surprises me with something really unusual that he finds.  In those cases I just go with it because I like to be surprised.  So when he said let’s go to Edisto Island I wasn’t sure what we were seeing but I was very sure it would be fun.  It was New Year’s Eve and  I was off so it was nice to be able to do something during the week and beat the weekend crowds.

We were headed to a place called Botany Bay, and all I could think of was the Star Trek episode lol.  The road was pretty rough to get to the location but had a gorgeous series of oaks over the tree.  Since no one was on the road we stopped and took some pictures and video.  Lee had forgotten his tripod but I had some inspiration and used the truck to hold the camera which worked perfectly.

Absolutely gorgeous

 

Check out my idea!

The road was pretty wet in one section and it was a bit of a bumpy ride but we made it through and finally got to the gate only to find it was closed on Tuesdays for hunting.  Lee was super bummed because he had missed the fine print on the website and I felt really bad for him. Since we were there though I said we should check out the town and its beach.

 

The beach was nice but it was a typical beachfront community with nothing really special to see.

We decided to head out and I saw a sign for a Natural Wildlife Refuge.  We decided to drive in and check it out and were pleasantly surprised that it was actually a plantation that was taken over by fish and wildlife.

Most of the trails were closed for the winter, but we got to see the house and the absolutely gorgeous oak trees.  I adore the moss in the trees and since there were only a few couples there we had the place mostly to ourselves. It was nice and peaceful, I just wish we had brought Jack because it is also pet friendly.  Let me show you the pictures.

 

 

Loved the house.

And you could sit on the rocking chairs on the porch and look out which was nice

That went up three stories

We mainly walked among the oaks and took a ton of pictures, but it was nice and peaceful and I really enjoyed myself.  Plus free.  Free is always good.

Looking up was just beautiful

The wind was blowing, the moss was swaying, and the sun was shining 🙂

My favorite picture of the day. I was standing when I took this.

Lee’s pic

Every tree had its own distinct character. If you are a tree lover you know what I mean.

Lee’s pic its a beauty

The blooming flowers were a nice touch

It was a really nice surprise and I was so glad we salvaged the day.  By then I was starving and the only place even close was called The Roxbury Mercantile,  The Yelp reviews were good so we decided to give it a try and what an unexpected treasure.  The food was fantastic and reasonably priced and I had the best local shrimp since I have been here.  Delicious!

The shrimp was lightly fried and amazing. I ate just a bit of the mac and cheese and lots of the slaw which was also very good. Didn’t blow my calories for the day and had a great meal!!

Lee had the crabcakes which he loved.

Since it looked like Botany Bay was open the next day we decided we would come back.  It’s an hour drive each way from where we are staying but we both thought it would be worth it.  Plus we were opening New Years Day wouldn’t be that busy.

 


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