Since we decided to spend another two days at Hilton Head I thought we could get away with a gap in posting. I mean how much can you say about a holiday island jam packed with housing developments, bike paths and golf courses?
Yes, some of that is great, but the actual ambiance is not a cool as some of the beautiful older cities we’ve passed through (Savannah, St Augustine), or those we expect to see further north. Shelter Cove Marina was part of the much larger Palmetto Dunes complex. Staying at the marina gave us access to all the resort facilities including the free shuttle bus to the beaches, stores and golf courses and we took advantage of it all.
The shuttle drivers assured us we were visiting at the ideal time between Spring Break and Summer as Hilton Head apparently gets very busy with brutal traffic jams on the single north to south road on the island. Also, not too sure about living in a hurricane zone. We’ve seen lots of evidence of the destruction from Hurricane Matthew with plenty of stuff till to be repaired although a shuttle driver told me he’d rather have a few days warning of an impending disaster than deal with something like an earthquake risk. Sort of a fair point
Again, we found ourselves amongst several boats we’d met previously along the way. We don’t always see the same ones each time, but it’s becoming common to come across boaters we’ve met before. Big talk at the dock was the passage through “Hells Gate”….dum, dum, dum!!! What? We had to look it up on the chart. All the trawlers had timed their departures to pass through this narrow cut called Hells Gate at high tide, no current, blah, blah, blah. We didn’t even know we’d passed through until we heard about it at the dock and we did it at low tide! No problem at all. Yes, we check charts, but we just worry less….. and remember we’re in a Bayliner! Hells Gate, Shmells Gate…. we laugh at current and low water although I’ll admit we did feel a little ill-informed at the dock that evening.
We decided to leave Hilton Head for Beaufort, SC to meet up with our friends Margot and Jerry who had left their boat there while they went home to get the cast taken off Jerry’s broken arm (the guy who crashed his bike in Florida).
I guess technically it’s not “broken” now, but you get the point. First confusion was are we going to Beaufort, SC or Beaufort, NC? Yep, believe it or not, there are two towns with the exact same name… or so you might think. One is pronounced “Bewfert” and the other is “Bowfort”. What?!! I still don’t know which is which. I DO know Beaufort, SC was rated by the New York Times as one of the 52 places in the world you MUST visit in 2016. I guess a few months makes a big difference down here because the place is nice and all, but TOP 52 in the WORLD? We’ll let others decide. BTW, the shot at the top of the page is of the famous Marine Corp training facility at Parris Island.