It has taken a bit of work but I am happy to say I am catching the blog up at a rate of knots. Or, as they say here in the South – ‘I have been as busy as a one-legged cat in a sandbox’ . And trust me, said with a Southern accent, it is a wonderful expression to use.
Okay, onward and upward and on to Folly……
Located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Folly River is Folly Island. This lovely 12 square mile barrier island is also known as the ‘Edge of America’. It is a laid-back and very friendly beach community which normally has a population of around 2,260 however that number swells considerably during the steamy southern summer months. This wonderful island has civil war, pirate and shipwreck history and it also has a 6 mile strip of sand on the Atlantic Ocean side of the island called Folly Beach.
The 1,000 foot fishing pier on Folly Beach….
There are some great bars and even better places to eat at on Folly Island and one we tried was the Folly Beach Shrimp Company. Fresh local caught shrimp done ‘101’ ways was low-country fare at its best. Teamed with local beer, sitting out in the patio area (beer-garden to Aussies) and listening to music made for an enjoyable lunch.
Bowens Island isn’t actually an island but just simply the end of a peninsular in low country ringed by marshes, creeks and wetlands. It is a beautiful but often overlooked area with abundant bird life, spertina grass species and these wonderful areas support the marine estuarine ecosystems…..and what could be better than that.
The Bowens Island Restaurant is an icon of South Carolina. This cinderblock outpost serves up the best of local seafood in a dive atmosphere of graffiti covered walls, rickety old communal tables and chairs resemblant of Amish birthing stools! Passionately popular with locals and a favorite spot for oyster lovers.
These oyster shell mounds, of which there are several, are as high and as wide as a bus…..
Did I mention rustic chic…..
And what better way to end the days in this little part of the world than seeing some of the most breathtaking of painted skies around. And I have never seen a sunset I didn’t like…… xx