We were not fortunate enough to see any of these of birds on our hike but we did see one lone duck in the waterfowl area shortly after seeing our gator
We decided to spend an extra day in the Charleston area as there I wanted to see an interpretive center that I had read about and I still hadn't had time to see Fort Sumter's visitor center ( we didn't have time for the boat ride out to the fort this time around and it was a little too chilly in January anyway ) Caw Caw Interpretive center was smaller than I had thought but still interesting. Displayed were facts about wildlife in the area and also about rice production done by slaves as the center stands on part of an old rice plantation. They talked about the dangers to slaves that worked on the rice plantation, from malaria to alligators and also about the tools used to produce rice and the process of flooding the fields. Pretty cool stuff but the majority of our time at the center was spent hiking the surrounding trails. The trails would probably be nicer to see in either the spring or fall but for $1 a person I can't complain...all in all a cheap and fun day out and we finally got to see our first SC alligator!
We are beginning our Great Escape part 1 around the USA from December 27th 2010 to August 18th 2011 when we arrive home for a short break and a wedding...
The goal is to see as much of the United States as possible within this time frame and make it back in one piece.
The travellers are Bob, Kam, Chris (Kam's 13 yr old son) and our English setter puppy Casper which at the start of the trip will be 6 months old.
The vehicle a Ford F450 duelly pulling a 40 ft bath and a half bunkhouse.
The challenge to survive on the road homeschooling Chris with many of our worldly items in storage and ... full info
GatorMy only disappointment here was that Bob had control of the camera and didn't quite get the alligator in focus...it was there however and after taking several shots when it decided to move back into the river we decided to leave...this was also taken with a 500mm lens.The area that this was taken was in the old rice paddies.
sweet grass basketsThese were called winnowing baskets and were used to separate the grain from the chaff. I mentioned these baskets before in the Boone plantation entry, these are now regarded as artwork and cost lots of money for even a small basket
Draining the fieldsThis area was interactive and explained how and when the fields were flooded and drained and to what extent. It let you flood fields on the model and drain the water to get it just right for the various seasons.