Beaufort SC is a neat town - it has all of the elements of Charleston, just on a bit smaller scale. The city has managed to retain many of its old homes and much of that "Southern Charm," in spite of a 50 year period of deep recession brought on by a hurricane, a bad fire and the destruction of the cotton crop by the boll weevil. I have not been able to explore much of the city - I have spent at least 24 of the last 30 hours trying to sweat out a bug I caught. But this morning at sunrise I ventured out for an hour - and was rewarded with a nice sunrise.
I was able to photograph a few of the old homes on the waterfront, along with one of the canons in an old park. Just a short ride shows that there are many nooks and crannies to be found here.
The seagulls here have a much different look than I have seen elsewhere. They are bigger and have much more distinctive markings.
The two structures above are from two islands that are immediately up and down coast from Fripp Island. The first is Hunting Island, which is now a state park. The second is Pritchard's Island. I wasn't able to get out to either building, but you may remember Captain La mar Moberly, one of the fellows who showed me around Bluffton SC.
According to him, this was one of the governor's houses back in the sixties and seventies. There was a big problem with poisonous snakes on the island, so La mar had introduced hogs to eat the snakes. The hogs tore the dunes up so badly that they called hunters in to get rid of the hogs, then brought in some type of fowl to try to deal with the snakes. Back then, this house was 150 yards away from the beach - now it is the beach.
Anyway, the parting shot of the day is a structure that raises the bar for trailers everywhere. With dual bay windows, multiple entry-ways, eight foot hurricane straps and a unique flood control system, it is truly one of the more innovative double-wides I have seen.
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