We left Wilmington really early to avoid the River Fest traffic and travelled south on US 17. Most of the towns have a bypass surrounding the bigger towns so we were able to avoid the downtown areas. However, since we were looking for a place to have breakfast, it was a problem until we hit the Myrtle Beach, SC area. First time in SC with the RV and since we ate and slept here, we were able to put the SC state sticker on our US/Canada map. Had breakfast at Cracker Barrel. We traveled on to Oak Plantation Campground about 10 miles south of Charleston, SC. Really nice campground with a Good Sam Club discount. The sites are huge and level with full hookups and satellite access at least in the row we were in. (Site PP5) The campground was quite large and the folks who were at the front desk were very nice and offered maps of Charleston along with coupons for discounts at the various venues.
About an hour before sunset, we drove to Kiawah Island about 20 miles from the campground to go to Beachwalkers State Park and watch the sunset. I made mojitos and we had Buffalo Chicken dip and chips. Unfortunately, it costs money to get into the park and the park closed at 6:00. We got there at 5:55 and they were already closed so, since that is the only public spot on Kiawah, we were out of luck. We did stop at a lookout point along the road and walked down to the salt marsh.
It was amazing to see an army of fiddler crabs marching away as we approached. Seriously, there were hundreds of them all clattering along the mud outlined in the fading sun.
There was one belted plover on the shore and at least six beautiful butterflies clustered on what appeared to be goldenrod. So, though we didn’t have the picnic we planned, it was still worth the drive.