Countless weather consultations didn’t provide a definitive choice for eclipse viewing, so we finally chose Charleston. Our consolation prize, should the weather not cooperate, would be getting to spend time with three good friends who now call Charleston home.
Russ joined us Sunday evening, after a weekend of kayaking in western Pennsylvania. We had decided to view the eclipse at Old Santee Canal Park where the local astronomy club had telescopes set up for public viewing. There was quite a buzz in the air as the sun flirted with us in the morning sky.
The first 45 minutes of the eclipse were thrilling as the moon slipped over the sun on the upper right hand side. But clouds started rolling in fast, and one of the predicted scattered thunderstorms stole the moon’s thunder as it eclipsed the whole show. Still, we were happy to be together as darkness filled the air. And as we drove back to our campsite – rain. Not the day that we had hoped for, but one we will remember. April 8, 2024 is already on my calendar
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.