Hunting Island

April 11, 2008

Yesterday we had a great afternoon adventure on Hunting amazing state park. After a beautiful drive through the marsh we entered a thick forest of palm trees, oaks, and pines which then opened up onto a pristine condos, no cars, nothing but stunning beach views, crashing waves, and salty ocean scents.

Yellow wild flowers blooming in the marsh leading out to the ocean

Noah and Camille hunting for hermit crabs and shells

And we didn't quite know what to make of this sign that was posted in the middle of the beach.
Kellie said...

Thank you for sharing this bit of loveliness. Wild beaches are among my favorite places. And that is quite a sign for sure. Any clues come out about what it might mean?

Heather said...

Sounds (and looks) heavenly. Have you ever spent much time on the Oregon Coast? The southern Oregon Coast is especially pristine and breathtaking (though I'm sure the water is much much colder than Carolina's!).

I just had to look up more on that rather eye-catching sign of yours, and here's what I found:
"(also 'groyne') a low wall or sturdy timber barrier built out into the sea from a beach to check erosion and drifting"
I also learned that both definitions stem from the Old French word for "pig's snout," for what that's worth! :)

Mom said...

Great sign! Webster's says:
rigid structure built out from a shore to protect the shore from erosion, to trap sand, or to direct a current for scouring a channel

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

Thanks for the definitions...I had this image in my mind of a large giant buried under the sand!

Heather, yes we did enjoy the coastline of WA and Oregon when we lived in the Northwest. I could never bring myself to really get in the water...growing up on the Gulf of Mexico I am used to "bathwater" oceans for swimming!

Melissa said...

Yep. Those definitions of groins are correct. We also call them pilings, which is what I prefer since groin sounds quite strange :) Your pictures are making me want to go back to Hunting Island! We had a great camping trip there years ago, and I think O might be old enough for her 1st tent camping experience. Did you see the lighthouse? I'm not sure if I'm up for climbing it with a toddler on my back. I might have to get my husband to wear O if we can get a trip planned :)

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

Melissa, we did see the lighthouse but it was too late to climb it (not to mention it would taken a long time with a two year old!). Yes, you should make a trip to Hunting Island. If you didn't want to camp, you could rent one of the cabins on the other end of the island. We can't wait to go back soon. Going to try to make it to one of the nature talks. Really a very special place. And by the way, we had a great weekend in Charleston. Maybe even headed back next weekend for a soccer game and to visit the children's museum...the weather was too beautiful to be inside :)

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