On the eve of our departure from South Carolina, a beautiful crescent moon sat low in the pitch black sky over the ocean. If a palm tree had been below it, the scene would have resembled the state of South Carolina’s logo: a palm tree with a crescent moon rising. For me, the moon that night looked like a wave farewell.
We’ve spent 16 delightful days in South Carolina, ranging weather-wise from sunny beach days to downpours and blustery storms. That’s all part of being here.
Highlights of our visit include:
- Touring the State House in Columbia, filled with its history and news-making current affairs.
- Listening to David and other male campers share their favorite Crock pot recipes.
- Seeing fields of ripe cotton.
- Strolling the historic streets of Dizzy Gillespie’s hometown, Cheraw.
- Watching Sonya romp in the ocean for her first time.
- Admiring the sculptures in Brookgreen Gardens and touring Anna Huntington’s retreat, Atalaya.
- Driving under beautiful arches created by the canopies of live oak trees on Edisto Island.
- Chatting with a Gullah in Charleston’s Old Market about how she makes sweetgrass baskets, and then buying the small one she wove during our conversation.
- Watching 17 pelicans fly in formation over the ocean.
- Collecting new treasures: shark tooth and turtle shell fossils, and a variety of pretty shells.
- Attending Gullah Heritage Days on St. Helena Island.
- Taking morning meditative walks on Hunting Island beach.
- Making acquaintances who may turn into friends.
- Soaking in the beauty of nature: the tide flowing and ebbing, brilliant stars twinkling, dolphins frolicking, pelicans diving, the sun setting and so much more.
Our visit has enriched us. Even though the miles are putting distance between us and South Carolina, each time I see the crescent moon, it’s bound to jog these pleasant memories.