We are ambling towards Florida for a couple months this winter, and after our fun but ‘getting too cold’ time in Columbia SC wanted to head south to warm up again. MsBoyink found the county-owned Blythe Island Regional Park (great acronym here) and we headed there for a few days of full hookups and onsite laundry.
It’s a nice park with some great trees and some of the longest pull-through sites we’ve ever seen. There was slow-but-usable wi-fi. The park is home to some free-range former pet bunnies that make for a fun surprise when walking up to the front.
The boy and I biked the 4-mile mountain bike trail, enjoying the large moss-covered Live Oaks, the relative quiet of the trail, and the chance sighting of a couple of river otters. The downsides of the trail were inconsistent marking, which coupled with light use made it difficult to follow at times. There is also a lot of dead-fall that the park doesn’t allow to be picked up for firewood, so the riding experience with our hardtail bikes was pretty bumpy and bouncy. I’m still sore a couple days later.
We are trying to reign in our food budget a bit but still found ourselves hungry without attractive options on board for supper, so nosing around on Yelp I found mention of Willies Wee-Nee Wagon in town. While they bill themselves as a hot dog stand it’s their pork chop sandwich that gets the rave reviews. I bought two of those and two of their steak burgers (two burger patties on a hoagie bun). The burgers were really really good but the pork was to die for. I’ve never had it so tender and flavorful. I can see why there are stories of these things being Fed-Exed out of state!
The weather turned a bit sour but I wanted to get us out of the RV for a few hours. I found Fort Frederica a few miles away and since we have a National Parks pass the normal $3/ea entry fee would be covered. We headed there, tried on British Colonial costumes, played some 18th century tavern games, and learned about the fortified town of Frederica. The big attraction here was the trees - almost the Redwoods of Live Oaks, covered in oozes of Spanish Moss, some with their own ecosystem of ferns growing along the horizontal trunks. Just beautiful to walk through and the mood of them matched the overcast and not quite rainy day.
So, no great philosophical insight about traveling here, nor did we really meet anyone (the large and private sites make that tough to do). But a good stop with some interesting food and sights nonetheless.