We’ve had a terrific visit with my sister and her husband, and it was great seeing an old friend from high school (can it really be 50 years since we graduated, Steph?), and now we’re really coming down to the home stretch for this trip. We have a busy spring in York, then hopefully will take off in June for our old stomping grounds in the Finger Lakes and Adirondacks of New York.
A walk along the Eno River in Hillsborough NC led to this interesting structure made entirely of sticks.
We’re in North Carolina for the next couple of days, visiting my sister and her husband. Diana and Barry fixed a wonderful dinner for us which we enjoyed in their bucolic backyard, then we all headed back to our campground so they could meet Ollie.
The Huntingtons bought four rice plantations in decline as a site to build Brookgreen Gardens. The river is affected by the ocean tides, yet is far enough inland to not get the ocean’s salt. The design and control of the rice fields came from West Africa and has been practiced there for, reportedly, thousands of years.
The Garden has an extensive “Lowland” section documenting a way of life and culture we barely had time to visit. However, we did take a boat ride through hand dug canals that included over a dozen sightings of……
Our guide had life jackets for us. A sinking boat seemed more attractive than wrestling this guy.
Emotionally spent after a long and wondrous day, we retreated to Graham’s Landing for scrumptious oysters and great views! (Thanks for the recommendation, Kate and George.) Yes, a perfect day.
Brookgreen Gardens – neither words nor pictures do this place justice – truly a spiritual experience every time. Thank you Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington for this wonderful gift you have left for all to enjoy.
We pushed a little further up the road to spend these next two nights at Huntington Beach State Park, in Murrells Inlet SC, just south of Myrtle Beach. The park was once part of the Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington estate, and their unusual home, Atalaya, is still open to the public. Today we enjoyed wandering around the park, and looking forward to a day at Brookgreen Gardens tomorrow.
We took the Old Savannah Trolly Tour (great suggestion, Tommy), then spent some time walking around this historic beautiful city in bloom. Had a fabulous lunch at Belford’s (best turnip greens ever!), paid our respects to Juliette Gordon Lowe (founder of the Girl Scouts), then headed back for a quiet evening at the campground.
Life in the slow lane, taken on the road to the campground. Our campsite is in the distant woods on the left. Heading to South Carolina tomorrow.
Surrounded by wetlands and far from any roads, we woke this morning to nothing but birdsong and woodpeckers tapping away. A Great Blue Heron made a close fly by, then perched like a sentinel in a tree at the edge of our campsite. We were enthralled by its mournful sounds, wondering what messages it was sending. At the opposite corner, a Wood Stork landed. and was soon joined by two others. These birds are huge, measuring 44 inches with long, slightly curved beaks, and apparently making a comeback from the endangered species list. I’m afraid my phone camera was woefully inadequate in capturing the magnificence of this bird, so take a closer look here.