Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hunting Island State Park, SC

Hunting Island State Park, SC – 1/15/11

A little winter diversion to treat the post-holiday blues:  Jim and I took an overnight trip to Beaufort, South Carolina with just a vague idea to look for "The Big Chill" house and visit Hunting Island State Park.  Beaufort is a pleasant little lowcountry town that doesn’t take much time to check out, especially on a sleepy weekend in January.  We walked around the downtown area, stopped in a few shops and had lunch at Plums, where several newly graduated Marines were celebrating with their families.  (Parris Island, the Marine training base, is just down the road.)  The waterfront park is lovely for a stroll too.

We did find the “Big Chill” house (aka “The Great Santini” House).  The current owners have creatively planted bamboo to screen any good photos.  Imagine wanting privacy in a famous house…
Dinner was at 11th Street  Dockside in Port Royal – an adventure to find and delicious local seafood to consume.  But our best meal was Saturday’s breakfast at Blackstone’s in downtown Beaufort.  Check these all out if you are ever down that way.

At Hunting Island State Park we drove through a tropical jungle filled with different types of palmettos and slash pines and dripping Spanish moss – we were surely not in Kansas anymore. 

Hunting Island Lighthouse

View from the top of the lighthouse - from here we watched a dolphin lazily swimming up the coastline

A trail at the beach - this counts as hiking, right?

Jim on the wasteland beach

Palm tree roots are not much to rely on


All in all, a fun overnight getaway that I highly recommend...but I still miss the mountains.

All the windows of my heart I open to the day.  ~John Greenleaf Whittier

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