|Rving at HPSP|
Bruce and I took our first RV trip of 2008. January has been a bit coldish here in Pawley’s Island, so Sat the 26th we decided to drive Southward in search of warmer temperatures. Our first stop was in Walterboro South Carolina, which hosts the South Carolina Artisan Center.
The center has some of the finest examples of arts and crafts that we have seen to date. We would have lingered longer in the area, but President Bill Clinton was in town to make a campaign speech for Hillary. Needless to say, that generated an enormous amount of extra traffic. So we decided to push on.
|South Carolina Artisan Center|
Continuing South along the coast we arrived in Beaufort County about 3 pm. The nearest RV stop was Hunte Island State Park. As it turns out, it is also one of the best places we have ever camped. We spent to next day exploring the island and the surrounding natural areas. The Island is a semi-tropical forest which borders the Atlantic Ocean , Everywhere I looked there was a scene begging to be painted.
There are miles and miles of estuary on the leeward side.
The park itself has miles of white sandy beaches, with the skeletal remains of a maritime forest that is being swallowed by the Atlantic Ocean called a Boneyard
Which afforded me endless opportunities for reference photos.
and boasts a real lighthouse which you can climb to the top of. It seems to be a little known jewel as there were very few visitors (at least in January) to either the beach or the lighthouse.
|Shrimp boats at Lady's Iisland|
|Hunte Isle SP nature trail through the estuary|
|Boneyard Tree roots|
Views from atop the lighthouse
On Monday we visited the nearby surrounding communities. Beaufort County is composed of sixty-five islands. Hilton Head is its most famous. Frankly we were not impressed. HH Island is now completely developed with most of the property locked in gated communities. Access to their famed beaches was hard to find. Like most planned communities, at first blush it seemed attractive, but soon began to feel artificial and shallow. We won’t go there again.
|One of many of Beaufort mansion|