Our family has kind of made it a tradition the past few years to take a Fall camping trip. We try to go out to Edisto for this but unfortunately the past couple years have been moved to other locations because of Hurricane Matthew and Tropical Storm Irma. We spent this weekend up at Sesquicentennial State Park in Columbia which is a gorgeous park and not too far from Charleston but nonetheless it’s just not Edisto.
Growing up in Mount Pleasant we had Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s island right there so Edisto didn’t really come up on my radar till a Mom from my daughter’s dance class invited us out there to go camping with all the dance family. Liz (the dance Mom) is totally responsible for my Edisto addiction and I’m so thankful she and her family invited us out there because I fell in love. Not only did I fall in love, but my family did too. We normally camp on the Live Oak side of Edisto Beach State Park but there is camping on the beach side too.
Whenever we need a break from the hustle and bustle Edisto or “Edi-slow” as some call it, is top of the list. I swear that island calls me at times, especially if I haven’t been out there in a bit. It’s like a drug, I get it in my head and it won’t go away till I make the drive out there, breathe that air and dig my toes in that sand. Oh, and an obligatory stop at either Sea Cow or Whaley’s always lands on the agenda. Sea Cow https://www.theseacoweatery.com/ is our go to breakfast/brunch spot and Whaley’s is our lunch/dinner spot. I highly recommend both.
It’s almost a guarantee that we’re going to make a stop at Kings Farm Market on our way home too. http://www.kingsfarmmarket.com/home.aspx They have killer Key Lime Pie! And if you’re fortunate enough to snag a fresh baked loaf of their bread before they sell out then you have hit the jackpot and should thank your lucky stars. They carry local honey, fresh produce, tomato pie and stoned ground grits too.
My favorite spot on Edisto would have to be Botany Bay. We have so many memories there. Botany Bay is another one of those magical Lowcountry places that will make you forget all your worries. Upon arrival you drive along a long dirt road with live oaks cascading over you which is absolutely breath taking! The beach was a good walk from where you park your car. Matthew and Irma really took its toll. Matthew took out the bridge that you would walk to get over the oyster beds to stay on the beach trail and Irma from what I’ve heard took out the famous Edisto oak that stood in the water once you reached the beach. The access to get out there wasn’t always an easy one, especially on hot days with a cooler in tow. But man, once you got out there and perched up your spot between the fallen trees it was gorgeous. It wasn’t ever too busy, it was quiet and serene. You can't take shells off the beach, so all the trees were decorated with all the shells that people would collect from the shore. What these storms did hurt my heart. Had I been able to see the future I would have stayed out there a lot longer the last time I was there just before Matthew. You can still get out there but the tides from what I was told could trap you, so you really must pay attention. I haven’t been back out there since the storms, hurts my heart just to think about the destruction. I will probably cry if I see it in person. For now, I’ll just stick to the memories and flip through the many photos I’ve taken out there. I can still put my toes in Edisto sand and I’m going to stay thankful for that. You never know when something can be taken away so enjoy it while you have it.
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