South Carolina Coast - Beaufort, Kiawah Island, & Charleston

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    Pat Conroy, Southern Literature, & Movies Around Beaufort

    Pat Conroy moved to Beaufort, SC in his high school years and died there in 2016 - he is considered a leading Southern author of the 20th century w/ a number of his books made into movies - below are just some quotes from the link - if interested, much more to read about. The Prince of Tides w/ Barbara Streisand and Nick Nolte is a favorite of mine - believe that both actors stayed in Beaufort during its filming.

    Many movies have been made in and around the Beaufort area - see list below and brief descriptive pic - also an image of Pat Conroy w/ Streisand. Dave :)

    P.S. the last pic is from a Beaufort tour site - apparently van tours of the movie industry are available, another miss this time for us - will return for sure!

    The Great Santini (1979) - Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner
    The Big Chill (1983) - Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Kevin Kline,William Hurt, Jeff Goldblum
    The Prince of Tides (1991) - Nick Nolte, Barbra Streisand, BlytheDanner, Kate Nelligan
    Daughters of the Dust (1992) - Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers
    A Perfect World (1993) - Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, Laura Dern
    Forrest Gump (1994) - Tom Hanks, Robin Wright (Penn), Sally Field, Gary Sinise
    The War (1994) - Kevin Costner, Elijah Wood, Mare Winningham
    The Jungle Book (1994) - Jason Scott Lee, Sam Neill, John Cleese
    Chasers (1994) - Tom Berenger, Gary Busey, Marilu, Henner, Dennis Hopper
    Something to Talk About (1995) - Julia Roberts, Dennis Quaid, Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick
    White Squall (1996) - Jeff Bridges, Caroline Goodall, John Savage
    Last Dance (1996) - Sharon Stone, Rob Morrow, Randy Quaid, Peter Gallagher
    Gone Fishin’ (1997) - Joe Pesci, Danny Glover, Rosanna Arquette, Willie Nelson
    G.I. Jane (1997) - Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Anne Bancroft
    Animals (1997) - Linnea Quigley, Cat Eberwin, William DeFalco
    Forces of Nature (1998) - Sandra Bullock, Ben Affleck, Maura Tierney, Blythe Danner
    Rules of Engagement (2000) - Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Kingsley
    Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) - Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron
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    Any oysters?
     
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    Santa Elena - First European Capital Town in North America - Established in 1566!

    Before leaving Beaufort for Kiawah Island, we stopped at the Santa Elena Foundation, a converted Federal Courthouse (first pics below) - over the centuries, the Beaufort-Port Royal area was controlled by many countries, represented by the flags outside the building. In 1494 the Treaty of Tordesillas gave Spain virtually most of the Americas (see map w/ boundary line - rather poor geographers at the time), including the North American eastern seaboard from Florida to Newfoundland - the area was called La Florida, and the first governor was Pedo Menendez de Aviles - from 1566 to 1587, Santa Elena was the first capital of La Florida (see quotes below from link).

    Menendez had eliminated the French from Fort Caroline (near Jacksonville, FL which we have visited) and establish Santa Elena on the southern tip of Parris Island (where the golf course is located - see maps, excavation location, and proposed drawing of its appearance) - the town lasted 20+ years and then the capital was changed to St. Augustine in Florida (USA). Remember that the English attempted a colony on Roanoke Island in 1585 which failed quickly - there first permanent settlements were Jamestown (1607) in Virginia and Plymouth (1620) in Massachusetts. The Santa Elena History Site opens up much early Spanish settlement in eastern North America and is highly recommended. Dave :)

    P.S. in honor of the 450th anniversary of Santa Elena in 2016, a Spanish built replica of a ship of the early 16th century entered Port Royal and was on display (last pic).

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    Well, you must have missed my restaurant post (#10) - we shared over 4 dozen in Beaufort - shared a dozen on Kiawah Island last night (upcoming posts), and plan to have some more tonight! Happy campers - Dave :)
     
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    Battle of Port Royal - American Civil War - November 1861

    Port Royal and the Beaufort area were important in both the Revolutionary War and during the Civil War. Port Royal Sound is after New York the deepest harbor along the Atlantic seaboard and important for naval operations. The Battle of Port Royal occurred in early November 1861 (just 8 months after Ft. Sumter) - under the Union command of Samuel Du Pont, the Union fleet captured Port Royal and Beaufort, which served as the southern command for the Union naval blockade for the remainder of the war - Beaufort remained intact because the citizens abandoned the town - known as the Great Beaufort Skedaddle - see quotes below and links; also a few pics, BUT the video is just 10 mins and worth a watch for those interested (based on the one we saw at the Parris Island Museum). Dave :)



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    Kiawah Island - Relaxing Vacation Spot!

    Kiawah Island is just a 30 min drive south of Charleston - Susan and I have been visiting since 1984 - the luxury hotel on the island is called The Sanctuary - quite expensive, so we usually rent a lagoon 2-bedroom condo near the hotel, which has several fine restaurants (more later) - some more history quoted below from the link.

    Relaxing in the condo or on the porch looking out at the lagoon is peaceful OR there are plenty of activities, including swimming (ocean is nearby and an easy walk), beach walking, golf (7 outstanding courses, including the famous Ocean Course where major pro tournaments are held), water activities, walks and cycling, nature tours of all types. About 700 alligators live on the island (more info HERE).

    Pics below include maps of the island - real estate is plentiful and in all sizes and price ranges, purchase or rental - our present condo is in Turtle Cove on a lagoon surrounded by other buildings (4 condos per structure) - views of our rental condo - AND this afternoon we had a visitor in our lagoon (last pic) - more to come! Dave :)

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    Some great views there! Can the condos be rented for longer times such as by the www or month?
    One thing I"ll never see anywhere near my house is an alligator.
     
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    Sure, we've stayed in a condo on Kiawah for 4-5 days, so I'm sure longer rentals are available; also, even private houses can be rented which would be nice for 2-3 couples w/ kids to split the cost.

    Alligators extend into the southern portion of North Carolina around Wilmington which we visit annually (Wrightsville Beach) - possibly w/ 'global warming', their range may go even further north (talking about decades)? The one I saw today was going up & down the lagoon in front of the porch and stopped at one end near our place, where I took the pic (obviously w/ the zoom feature of my camera - the rule is to be about 40+ ft from an alligator - I was a little closer). Dave :)
     
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    Walk to the beach on Kiawah Island

    On our first full day on the island, we relaxed in the morning - in the afternoon we took a walk from our condo to the beach near the Sanctuary Hotel and then back - nice couple of hours and counted as my exercise day - :)

    The last holes of the Turtle Point Golf Course where on our route to the ocean, lined by lagoons, tropical vegetation, and housing of various types - very pleasant walk. A boardwalk led us to the beach near the hotel - on our way back we saw more of the golf course - pics below w/ a great panoramic shot of Susan.

    Also and sadly, we crossed a bridge well known to us from previous trips that had an Osprey nest in a dead tree - nothing alive was evident this time - 4 years ago, I took a pic of the same tree w/ the parent Ospreys flying overhead and the babies popping up from the nest - seems that many of the branches are missing (probably storm damage) - before and current pics at the end below. Dave :)
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    Kiawah River - Dolphin Tour

    On our second morning, we took the 90 min dolphin tour - the boat is small (see first pic) because at low tides (true in the morning), water depth might be only 3-4 ft - the weather was great and surrounding views spectacular - a lot of oyster beds exposed and birds of all types feeding - about a dozen dolphins live in the river; summer visitors include fish, sharks, and manatees, migrating up from Florida - manatees that fail to leave late in the year are flown back south via helicopter.

    A lot of pics below of some of the shore scenes, wildlife, and about 4-5 dolphin sightings - Dave :)
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