Fort Moultrie - Sullivans Island, SC - Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010
Nancy here.... I am writing this a week late, but better late than never!!
Last Saturday, Bill and I drove south to Mt. Pleasant. We had several goals. One, buy me a pair of hiking boots; two, check out Fort Moultrie to see if they sell America The Beautiful Senior Pass to the National Parks; and three, stop at The Whole Foods Store. We accomplished all three and more...
We headed south on Highway 17 and then made the left onto the Isle of Palms Connector, over the Intercoastal Waterway and into Isle of Palms. We turned right towards Sullivans Island and headed to Fort Moultrie. We use to live on Isle of Palms, but rarely get down this way so it was nice to see some of our old stomping grounds. (Click Photos to Enlarge)
Map of the Area
Isle of Palms Connector and Bridge over Intercoastal Waterway
Heading over the Intercoastal Waterway
Heading into Isle of Palms where we made a right turn toward
Sullivans Island and Fort Moultrie.
Our first stop was at the Fort Moultrie visitor center. We checked with them and sure enough, they sell the America the Beautiful Pass. Bill will turn 62 in November and we want to get his park pass but could not find a place close to us until now. We have toured the fort when we lived here, but the visitor's center has a new roof top viewing area.....SO, up to the roof of the visitor center we go......
View of Fort Moutrie from the roof of Visitor's Center
While we did have some other things to do, we decided it was such a beautiful day, we would take a quick tour of the fort.
Entrance into Fort Moultrie
Guns defending the harbor
We climbed up to the gun tower to get a great view!
View of harbor with Fort Sumter in the distance
Closeup of Fort Sumter
Fort Sumter Poster
Underground network of tunnels
We could have spent the entire day here exploring, but we did have a couple other things to accomplish. However, we will be back and plan to spend more time at Fort Moutrie, check out Patriots Point and take the ferry to Fort Sumter. But now it was time to get some hiking boots.
They have built a new bridge from Mt. Pleasant to Charleston. It is really beautiful! While we did not cross the bridge today, I was able to get a couple pictures of it from the parking lot behind the visitor's center.
Bridge over Charleston Harbor
Heading back towards Ben Sawyer Blvd, we passed this restaurant, Poe's Tavern. It must be the place to eat on Sullivans Island. They were parked everywhere and waiting in line to get in. It was almost 2pm when we took this photo.
This is the place I came to get hiking boots. It is located on Ben Sawyer Blvd. I got a great pair of boots and also a pair of water shoes. I was not able to find boots in Myrtle Beach. I guess we really don't have much of a market for hiking boots at the beach.
Our next stop was The Whole Food Store in Mt. Pleasant. One of my favorite shopping places. Wish they would build one in Myrtle Beach. We spent some time hitting the bulk bins and getting some nice produce. Then is was time to head home.
Lots of traffic and there is the BRIDGE again!!
Going north on Hwy 17 we passed many Sweetgrass Basket Huts. They have name this section of Hwy 17 "Sweetgrass Basket Highway." This is a local art and these women have passed this art on from generation to generation.
Sweetgrass Basket Huts
On our way home, we took time to check out
Buck Hall Recreation Area.
Buck Hall Recreation Area - Highway Sign
Description of Buck Hall Recreation Area
We have passed this many time but never stopped. What a nice surprise. There is a small campground, with 15 amp service, a bath house with showers, a large boat launch area and a fishing dock. There are hiking trails and a pretty place to kayak. May have to get back here!!
We have been best friends for over 55 years, married over 40. Bill is the writer and Nancy is the photographer. We make a great team and together, we enjoy the adventures of travel. Our dream to be full-time RVers was rekindled in April, 2010 when we attended an RV-Dreams Rally. On Mar 20, 2012, we moved into "BABY", our Winnebago Journey Motorhome. Join us as we try to live our dream....