Gang's all here - minus Thomas & Laura - and most of us are looking somewhere near the camera. We tried Dad's selfie stick but, fortunately, a nice beach goer stopped and offered to take a "real" picture.
Edisto is just gorgeous and very natural. There are no condos or high rises just beach homes, one Bi-Lo grocery store and a handful of shops and restaurants. And a little history lesson: In 1666 a British expedition found the island's inhabitants, the Edistow Indians, to be very friendly and welcoming. They went home and reported they'd found the perfect place for a British colony. However, when they returned the Indians had changed their minds and sent them a few miles north to the natives in Kiawah country -- what we now know as Charleston.
It's hard to sum up a week of fun in just a few words and pictures!
Elizabeth Magee loved the beach. I think she definitely has Dad's enthusiasm for all things beach related. Above, she's showing off the whole sand dollar they found. She also loved watching him ride the waves and stayed out in the water far longer than I would have imagined!
The girls, however, prefer to stick to the sand and read and talk and read and talk. I could do nothing else and be completely happy! I finished three books and got a good start on a fourth.
Poppy didn't really warm up to the beach until the last day. She did rock a hat and sunglasses though and preferred to stay on a towel.
Mary Thorne, however, loved every second of the sun and sand. This girl marches to the beat of her own drum.
Ryan, Net and I went crabbing one evening and caught a few crabs for Net's gumbo.
EM watching Dad "ride the waves."
Ryan brought a kite and bocce ball for beach toys. He and Oliver are not "beach people," but they are coming around with the aid of beer and 3G cell service:)
The Siggi Show was in full force all week -- these girls love Siggi and one would say "My Siggi" to make the other two cry.
EM had the kite flying down.
On our last night we checked out Flowers Seafood. The crab cakes and fried shrimp were amazing.
Sis and I went to check out the cemetery at the Presbyterian Church - this mausoleum was mentioned in a book we both read during the week, "The Time Between" by Karen White that is set in Edisto. You can read about the legend here.
One of the best parts about the week was being feed by all these great cooks in the family! Net spoiled us all with seafood gumbo, boiled shrimp and shrimp salad. Mom made great vegetable stir-fries. Dad made us this cheese dip pork dish that I can't wait to try. And Oliver brought his ice cream maker and made strawberry and cookies 'n cream. Ryan made his vanilla ice cream one night. And I'm leaving off some, but needless to say, we ate well!
Besides eating and playing on the beach, we also saw quite a bit of sea life!
Like this huge sand ray...
and a shark that was caught by a man fishing on the beach. Yikes! Wouldn't want to see what his jaws could do!
And in the non-freaky category, Mom, the girls and I came across this newly hatched loggerhead sea turtle early one morning.
He was headed the wrong way towards the road so we moved it a few feet from the ocean and watched him swim into the ocean. A sea turtle rescue person told us that out of 1,000 eggs only one turtle will make it to adulthood. Sad! There were markers all along the beach showing where the nests were buried. On our last night, we saw one start to hatch.
There were pelicans everywhere. Hopefully, not eating the baby turtles!
That fin is (thankfully!) a dolphin. We saw big pools of dolphins several times. So cool! Although, I did do a double take every time a little fin would pop up.
It was a wonderful trip and we can't wait to go back. We extended the feeling of vacay by wearing our Edisto Marina t-shirts all day on Sunday!