First of all, thank you to everyone who so kindly reassured me that i need not worry so much about the trip. You were all, of course, completely correct that everything would be fine…..the only bad thing i can complain of is that we are all sunburned to a cinder due to what turned out to be the crappiest sunscreen ever invented by man. Some sort of quick-dry spray on “for kids” SPF 50 stuff that did not work well AT ALL. So we all look look like a bunch of over cooked lobsters and are in a good bit of pain, but none of us are suffering from any jellyfish stings, or lost limbs or any bites taken out of us by sharks. Tho’ a fisherman on the beach DID catch one near us, it was maybe a foot long or so…it wouldn’t have eaten much! Hahahahahah!
My dad is a master camper. I was impressed beyond reason when we arrived and he unfurled the most massive tarp i’ve ever seen and proceeded to hang it over our ENTIRE site. It covered both tents, the dining canopy AND the picnic table. Which was a very good thing because there was a huge thunderstorm the first night we were there, with torrential rain and high winds….but we all stayed mostly very dry and secure under this marvelous shelter. Monday night was the only time we had any bad weather, thank goodness…the rest of the time was perfect weather. And our site was right by the shore, with all these wonderful little “jungle-like” trails for the boys to run around and explore.
You follow this little path and end up here….
It was blissful…we mostly hung out on the beach at low tide, when there were huge tide pools about knee-deep and like big ocean “swimming pools” without waves and currents. Perfect for beastie to splash and play in. Full of fascinating little critters for the kids to study as well!
When swimming got too tiring, there were castles to be built….
And i got to be the captain of a flying pirate ship!
Back at camp there was plenty of interesting wildlife…it seems that my beloved Cardinals show up everywhere i go. This one was so tame, it would land right next to me in hopes of a handout.
And speaking of looking for a handout…. once the sun set and darkness came, the trouble would begin. Hunting Island has the cheekiest, most thieving raccoons i have ever seen. They were not the least bit afraid of humans and one even came sneaking right up by my feet while i was toasting a marshmallow….i think he’d have stolen it right off the stick if i have not looked down and noticed the rude little bugger. IT only took on night of getting our food stuff totally ransacked, after than we put everything edible in the cars at night to keep the the rude little bandits out of our goodies!
There are beautiful mermaids all around Beaufort County. As i understand it, each one was painted/embellished by a different artist. They are all really beautiful!
Anyway, i won’t make you look at my 10000 beach photos…it’s like being forced to look at someone else’s dull vacation slide show. If you want to see more of THAT, look here.
On the way home, i made my poor, eye-rolling family stop here for some history
This place was one of these most eerily beautiful places i have ever seen. I have no doubt that ghosts walk here. I just looked it up and the legend is that there was a woman seen dressed in a simple brown dress dated in the Pilgrim era. She stands near a grave of an infant who died. A feeling of sorrow over comes some people.
The grounds are surrounded by beautiful live oak trees, some of which have been damaged by storms and had limbs broken off. In order to save the trees, they bricked up the wounds left by the broken branches. It was really amazing looking.
It’s amazing how the living tree grows around and engulfs the bricks…i have never seen anything like it!
Anyway, there are more pictures of the ruins and the graveyard here.
So now we are home, and i am doing mountains of sandy laundry and basting my kids and myself in Solarcaine. We had a wonderful time, but now i need a vacation from my vacation. I am so tired! But proud of myself for not allowing my fears to cripple me, and getting there in spite of all the irrational reasons my brain gave me to stay home in my safety zone. I can’t wait to go on more adventures…..i miss the beach already.
I hope everyone has had a wonderful week!!! xoxoxoxo