Happy Fourth of July! I hope everyone who celebrates is having a wonderful holiday today. It’s always good when a holiday is in tandem with a weekend.
June came and went with a vengeance. I mean where did that time go? Maybe it has flown by because I have had the pleasure of my daughter home with me that has kept me busy and traveling home to South Carolina.
First, June mileage has been the strongest so far! I concentrated on running in May and now will throw my efforts into cycling. An exciting announcement is I have broken the 8,000 mile mark. Now remember we’re counting down – lol. I’m now in the 7,000s! Exciting for sure! It’s always nice to see those miles melt away.
Second, I made the trek home to see my family in South Carolina. My parents rent a house about every summer out on Fripp Island and all the siblings and their families come down to live under one roof for about a week. It is a very generous and wonderful gift. I can’t tell you how calming and invigorating it is to just hear the wind blow through the palms or the ebb and flow of the waves. I love Fripp because it’s not over commercialized beach resort. Don’t get me wrong there is plenty of things to do there, it’s just not a hectic or crowded beach place. You can really come down and relax. If you want some night life you can be in Beaufort, SC in 30 minutes. Beaufort, SC is my new love too. Such history there and a beautiful southern town.
I was able to get in a couple of runs. I had no problem adjusting to the humidity and my skin was thankful for it. I would have ran more but I was busy doing this:
Fripp is interesting because it is home to protected deer and some alligators. The deer are friendly and will come up to let you pet and feed them….the alligators I would suggest leaving them alone.
Can you see me?
Fripp is a combination of swamp, beach and dry land vegetation.
The moss hanging from the trees is my absolute favorite.
We took a nature boat ride and ended up on a small island to pick up shells. To my surprise there was a combination of dark and light sand and it sparkled when the sun hit it just right.
A detailed pattern in the sand.
Driftwood on the beach
Moment in time….
There are many beaches to enjoy on Fripp, but if you choose to be more adventurous you can go one island over to Hunting island. There is a lighthouse to explore, beaches and a pier for a small fee. Well worth it especially if you love lighthouses….which I do.
Spectacular view inside the lighthouse.
Towards the end of our trip we stopped in Beaufort, SC. I absolutely fell in love with the charm of this town. Huge trees with moss hanging from the trees, plantation houses that have been turned into bed and breakfasts, eateries, art and plenty of history. I just loved it. I’m a bit of a history buff and nothing says history like an old graveyard. Yes, I’m one of those. I find cemeteries fascinating, the older the better. A few of my fave pics:
My favorite tombstone in the cemetery.
Dying so young.
Grateful for this life experience. As I write this I’m thrilled to have reached another milestone in this journey. I have completed 3332.64 miles and have 7982.26 miles remaining. A little tired at times, but no worse for wear. I look forward to the next adventure. Happy Miles to You!