Since June 2007 when Michelle and I relocated our family to the Lowcountry and established the Hammond name in a colorful neighborhood 23 miles west of the shores of the Atlantic Ocean we have experienced many “firsts” as new residents of the Charleston Area. For instance, our first backyard oyster roast, our first tropical storm, kayaking on Shem Creek, and our first neighborhood backyard barbecue and fireworks display on New-Year’s Eve, a holiday traditionally celebrated indoors in our native beloved West Virginia. And even as we draw near to the five-year anniversary of our “BOLD” and “ANXIOUS” act of following our dream of living in the Lowcountry, we still experience “firsts” from time to time. Although for the most part life has settled into a somewhat familiar easiness in between our jobs and responsibilities of day to day life as big people.
But the real reward for our 90 minute drive through rural Dorchester and Charleston County was the chance to visit Botany Bay Plantation located on Edisto Island. Botany Bay is a 5000 acre wildlife management area on the site of two large Lowcountry plantations from the 1800’s. The plantation is a mix of pine-hardwood forests, agricultural fields, salt-marshes and a barrier (hammock) island with an UNBELIEVABLE two mile long bone yard beach, totally undeveloped, untouched and preserved. In fact, in order to reach the beach you park your car in a small sandy parking area and walk on an improved path one-half mile across the salt marsh to the barrier island maritime forest and beach front.
As we entered the forest on the opposite side of the salt marsh, I felt like I was on Gilligan’s Island as the path cut through the forest of live-oaks, various palmetto’s and loblolly pines I could hear the roar of the surf crashing on the beach, I could scarcely anticipate the beauty and wonder that I would experience in just a minute or two.
This is what greeted my eyes as I emerged onto the beach at Botany Bay Plantation.
While Botany Bay Plantation represents so much more than just the eroding bone-yard beach, I will reserve that for a future expose, for now, there is really nothing more that I can add, I think the pictures will tell the rest of the story. Enjoy, and if you ever have the opportunity to head south of Charleston to Edisto Island, save some time for a trip to the beach at Botany Bay Plantation.