Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Beaufort
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... Gang" scribbled into the wood. But one trailer was up and running with four wheelers, several plastic hunting deer in the lawn, and a Confederate flag proudly waving in the hot breeze. And maybe it was the heat, but from border to border, we saw very few people. The whole state was like a set of "Dawn of the Dead". But to be fair, when we did see and speak to people, they were all kind and friendly.
The median annual income in this area is ...
... was quickly growing with soldiers from the Union army and New England military. The Confederate forces had deserted most of the Sea Islands. Defence was not achievable with lack of armaments, dwindling troops prepared to fight, forts were mostly sand dunes, and their cannons could not even reach the navy ships. The Federal navy ship cannons could level anything that was in their sight.
Edisto was abandoned. The Confederate forces ...
... and rode a couple miles down the road to the Hunting Island Visitor Center. They had some interesting information about native animals and plants and the island's lighthouse. The Park Ranger told us about a 12 foot alligator that had moved into the pond outside the center and has since had babies there. We tried to see her but didn't have any luck. We took the 167 steps ...
... we drove through were often no bigger than a couple of blocks wide in any direction. The communities ranged from very quaint to obvious decay.
Back when we were dating and first married, we would take off on driving trips through small towns in Wisconsin. The scenery was similar but also different . . . This reminded us of those times 30 years ago.
Currently, I am sitting at our campsite looking out at the Atlantic Ocean. It is a ...
... far. It is comforting to sit close to a fire on a cold night, simple pleasures are the best. The morning we are leaving has warmed up and we can walk the beach without several extra layers, things are looking up!
A quick tour of Beaufort (byooofert) reveals more antebellum mansions and charm. We head back inland across the marshes and make our way to the highway that will take us south to Savannah, Georgia. Another Antebellum jewel.