Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Martha and I walked on the beach for an hour adjacent to the Beach Campground. It is a very pretty beach with lots of shells. Behind it is a big marsh with a large creek running through it. Despite a chilly wind blowing, there were a number of people out collecting shells. One couple showed us their bag of pretty shells. The lady said there were a lot of shells at the mouth of the creek, called “Shell Point”. As she said, we found a lot of shells at the mouth of the creek where a great blue heron was fishing.
Returning to the campground, we drove to the “Live Oak Campground” to see what it was like. The entrance was covered by arches of live oak trees. The campground was nice with the shade of these trees, however the highlight were their cabins. They are of nice size in a more open wooded area behind the beach dunes.
We met Ruff and Sandra at the SeaCow Eatery for lunch. Fried shrimp and haddock sounded good, and it was.
With our stomachs full, we went to Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve, a 3,400 acre plantation that was donated to the state. We took a walk across the marsh to the beach where the ocean has overtaken a stand of trees. Then on to a driving tour that had numbered signs. Martha was able to look up what each meant; slave quarters, an old, distinctive tree and an ice house that looked like a church. It is a beautiful property that is planted well for wildlife. The highlight of the day came while we were admiring a cool salt water area with islands throughout and thousands of oysters. I was looking at a couple of pelicans behind an island. Suddenly there was a huge splash. I was sure an alligator had eaten a pelican. We stood watching for a few minutes, and a big shark swam out into the open, then between two other islands. Maybe it didn’t eat a pelican, but it sure ate something. I wondered how it would find its way out of this maze of marsh and islands before low tide.
By the time we got back, it was 5:00. We built a fire in the solo stove on a chilly evening, had some hors-d’oeuvres and discussed the days events.