Series of beach walks, May 30-June 5, 2009. About 8 miles.
Sea Pines, a community at the southern tip of Hilton Head, S.C., is laced with delightful walk/bike paths through the tree-shrouded community, which we rode at great length and pleasure during a delightful weeklong visit to the community hosted by Blue Ridge Country publisher Richard Wells and his wife Alison.
Walks were mostly along the wide-at-low-tide beach, which to the south curls back around the spit of land into the inlet, with Daufuskie Island just across the way. In the other direction, you can walk along the Atlantic for a long way – certainly well beyond our longest walk of about two miles out and two back. The beach runs to perhaps 100 yards wide at low tide and then shrinks to 15 or 20 feet at high tide, but always with room for sunbathers and walkers to share the space. And for The Greatest Day Hiker Of Them All, the wildflowers of the mountains are always replaced at the beach by sea shells and, especially along this stretch of beach, sand dollars; with care, of course, to be sure she harvests only expired dollars.
June 24, 2009