I’ve been in South Carolina, Edisto Beach State Park for almost a week now, and I have done a lot of nothing. Edisto is very isolated which is a good and bad thing. The laid back pace of the Island just makes you want to relax and spend time strolling the beach; which is really beautiful, or just relax at the campground and kick back with a book. My site is surrounded by palm trees, and the beach is a quick 30 second walk. It hasn’t been exactly beach weather, but that fine with me. It’s still warmer than home. I am able to get enough channels on the T.V. using my digital antenna. I was really surprised at how many channels it picks up, and how clear they are. I was able to watch the Golden Globes last night which made me very happy. The campground staff could not be more friendly and helpful. The other campers are pretty great too. Most people are or travels like me. There are a few people from Maine, and one couple from NH, so I still have a bit of the New England accent around to make me feel at home. The locals are quite nice too. I had an issue with a tire, and the guy at the hardware store went way out of his way to help me. Another couple saw I was traveling alone and gave me their number just incase I got in trouble and needed help. This sort of thing would never happen in Boston!
There are a few downsides to Edisto. As I mentioned, it’s pretty isolated, and your choice of food shopping is BI-LO. They have beige tomatoes, and wilted vegetables at BI-LO. I bought some, but they just made me sad… I am probably a bit spoiled as I’m used to having Trader Joe’s, or Whole Foods which never carry beige tomatoes. All is not lost though as a Whole Foods, Harris Tweeter; which is sort of like Whole Foods, and a Trader Joe’s all in Charleston. Charleston is about an hour away, so I will combine weekly shopping with some exploring.
I have explored a bit. I went to Botany Bay the other day, which is an old Plantation turn state park. The live oak lined roads are very pretty, but for me the highlight
is the beach area which is covered with shells that look like they have been there forever. It is also home to drift wood and just been taking long walks with Buddy worn trees that also look like they have been there forever. It was tempting to take some shells home, but there are signs that say $450.00 fine per shell if caught with them, same for drift wood… I’m not sure of the reason for this, but I decided not to chance it. Otherwise I have just been taking long walks with Buddy. I am here for three more weeks, so there is plenty of time to explore, and I have gotten a few suggestions from the locals of paces to see. Today I am off for a bike ride. Life is tough:)