Showing posts from July, 2011

#34 July 2011 St. Simons Island, GA - Shelter Cove Marina, Hilton Head Island - Isle of Palms, SC

We began the month of July in Shelter Cove Marina, Hilton Head Island, SC, and are loving being here.  Never would we have expected to find ourselves in SC in July but after 102 degree days last July in Washington DC, we decided to take our chances.  We can't deny that it was HOT but think we fared far better than much of the country.

In 1663, Captain William Hilton saw a headland near Port Royal Sound's entrance so he named it after himself---Hilton Head.  The island has 12 miles of Atlantic Ocean beachfront as well as a rich history beginning thousands of years ago with seasonal occupation by native Americans.  It continued with European exploration and cotton trade and was an important base of operations for the Union blockade of the Southern ports during the Civil War. Hundreds of ex-slaves flocked to Hilton Head once the island fell to Union troops and this is still home to many of whom are descendants of freed slaves.  They are known as the Gullah (or Geechee) who have ma…