This past week I went on vacation with my husband and college-age sons. We couldn’t really afford to fly anywhere so we decided to go on a road trip. We ended up driving through 14 states—from South Carolina to Georgia to Alabama to Tennessee to Ohio, etc. Now home, I’d have to say our favorite place on this trip was Beaufort, South Carolina, and the surrounding lowcountry. Leaving behind dismal March weather in New Jersey, we found ourselves in 80 degree temperatures with:
Spanish moss hanging off live oaks
a maritime forest that felt like something from the Jurassic times
and a nearby beach along the Atlantic at Hunting Island State Park (where loggerhead sea turtles nest in the summer)
All in all, a very nice escape!
At a used bookstore in Beaufort, I found a wonderful book called Tideland Treasures by Todd Ballantine. Definitely toss this book in your beach bag if you are going to be anywhere along the Atlantic coast from Ocean City, New Jersey, to Cape Canaveral, Florida (although most of the book is relevant to the Northeast coast as well). Each page is a work of art—-hand-lettered with detailed drawings of various sea creatures. The author explains all sorts of seashore topics in an appealing and accessible style: hermit crabs, tide pool ecology, shore birds, moon snails, starfish, horseshoe crabs, and so on
Take a look inside the book on Amazon: