Stono River just west of Charleston – Rock Creek – Beaufort – Isle of Hope (November 23 – December 1)

Thanksgiving week finally arrived! But where we would meet up with the kids was a mystery until just a couple of days before the event. We considered Charleston (too close), Savannah (too far) and Beaufort, SC (just right!) So, after many changes in plans, we made reservations at the Downtown Marina in Beaufort and started on our way.

IMG_1307Fort SumterIMG_1310Charleston, SCIMG_1314IMG_1318

IMG_1332We always enjoy seeing the military aircraft fly overhead, and this one was low and slow.IMG_1344You never know what you will see on the water.IMG_1340I think this is what “America the Beautiful” means in the phrase, “From sea to shining sea”.IMG_1363Sunrise time at Rock CreekIMG_1367Monday brought us through Charleston, SC. Unfortunately, we just passed by the city this trip and continued on our way south. We anchored for the night and got an early start the next morning, continuing on our way to another anchorage on the Rock Creek. Both nights we were all by ourselves in secluded areas and the low country that surrounded us was gorgeous. The grasses stand tall at low, but when the 6-foot tide comes in, what previously resembled an African savannah becomes flooded until only the tops of the grasses are exposed. The morning and evening sun both cast a golden glow on the land and water that makes it seem that all must be right with the world.IMG_1372Moon rise over a small cruise ship in Beaufort

We arrived in Beaufort (pronounced Bew-fort) on Wednesday and began preparing for Jason and Lisa’s visit. I borrowed the courtesy car and went to the grocery store while John worked around the boat. Jason and Lisa arrived after traveling from New Port Richey, FL on Thursday morning. We had time to relax before heading out to a Thanksgiving buffet on Lady’s Island, just a few miles from Beaufort. After dinner we enjoyed visiting back on AfterMath, but soon everyone was tired and we all called it a night early to get some rest for the next day.

Friday, Jason drove John around town running errands while I was lucky enough to have Lisa color and cut my hair. We all finished our projects around the same time and the rest of the day was spent walking around town and then celebrating Lisa’s upcoming birthday, which is on December 1.

IMG_1504Our horse and carriageIMG_1507Don’t you wonder what these two are saying to each other?IMG_1512

IMG_1535Beaufort, SC is a beautiful city with trees draped in Spanish moss.IMG_1525A typical home in the historic district

Saturday we all thought it might be fun to learn the history of Beaufort while riding in a horse drawn carriage, and it was! Beaufort has been the setting for many movies including The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini (both were books written by Pat Conroy who lives in this town) and many parts of Forrest Gump. Our guide was quick to tell us that Tom Hanks and Nick Nolte were very well liked in Beaufort, but Barbra Streisand wasn’t quite as popular here.

IMG_1543The Chapel of Ease on St. Helena Island.  Built in 1744, it was destroyed by a forest fire in 1886.  These are the ruins.IMG_1547

IMG_1550Jason and LisaIMG_1546

IMG_1557Fort Fremont, also on St. Helena Island, built in 1898

After our carriage tour I asked Jason to take us on a ride to see some of the other islands that are part of this area. It was fun to explore while we had a car available and we appreciated him driving us around.

Too soon, it was time for Jason and Lisa to leave and make their way home, but our fun wasn’t over yet. Kelly, Craig, Michaela, Carter and Madison made the 3-hour drive from Jacksonville to spend Saturday night and Sunday with us. Kelly came armed with mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, vegetables, and stuffing and we had a turkey, cranberries, pumpkin pie and whipped cream ready. We all wanted to eat Thanksgiving leftovers, and, because there weren’t any, we made them! After a delicious dinner we watched the Gators unfortunately lose to Florida State and then settled in for the night.

IMG_1566We all thought this swing was wonderful!IMG_1573

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IMG_1592A spider web that twirled made a big hit – especially with Kelly and Craig running around to do the spinning.IMG_1561

IMG_1690Michalela always finds the horses nearby.IMG_1677A lovely home on the water in BeaufortIMG_1669What a wonderful family!IMG_1710What could be better – gelato in one hand and a lollipop in the otherIMG_1715

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FullSizeRender-21Carter’s lollipop was as big as he is!

Sunday was lots of fun with the kids as we went to the playground, bought lollipops in the candy shop, and gelato in the store next door. We ate more leftovers and walked around town to make sure everyone got time to stretch their legs and burn off a little energy before heading back to Jacksonville. It is always sad to see the kids go, but we will be seeing them very soon!

IMG_1385Daufuskie Island, the actual location of Pat Conroy’s. “The Water is Wide”.  I guess you can tell I am a Pat Conroy fan.IMG_1413This is the graveyard that is featured in the book, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”.IMG_1415Fishing along the bank of the graveyard.

John and I pulled out of Beaufort yesterday, Monday, and made our way to Isle of Hope, which is in Savannah, GA. It was a gorgeous day to be outside, as was all of our weather in Beaufort. We will probably be back in Florida this weekend. We left Florida last April and we have missed it, so we are excited about crossing into the Sunshine State again!

Here is where we are now:

2 thoughts on “Stono River just west of Charleston – Rock Creek – Beaufort – Isle of Hope (November 23 – December 1)

    • Great! We will be getting some work done in Jacksonville and plan to be there for about a month. We will be heading to the Bahamas when the weather allows, and will probably leave from Stuart. I’ll keep you updated.

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