Last month Nikki & I spent a few days in Charleston, SC which had been one of the many places on our bucket list. We stayed in one of the many unique b & b’s that are to be found in that historic city, did the walking tour, visited Fort Sumter & of course, sampled the fine cuisine that Charleston is becoming known for. On our way down to meet Nick & Alexis in Amelia Island we stopped by to see the iconic & much photographed Angel Oak tree, reportedly the oldest thing-living or man made-east of the Rockies. It’s a live oak & approximately 1500 years old. It’s not very tall but has wide spread canopy with limbs the size of tree trunks & so large & heavy that they actually rest on the ground (some even drop underground for a few feet & then come back up).
This past November we attended the wedding of Lauren, the sister of Alexis, in Amelia Island, just north of Jacksonville. It was our first time there & gave us the desire to return. In particular, I wanted to visit Big Talbot Island State Park & it’s driftwood beach known as The Boneyard, the salt washed skeletons of live oak & cedar trees that once grew on the bluffs until the erosion of the waves caused them to tumble on to the beach. For me, this was paradise & could have easily spent the rest of the day there, but the rest of the clan was ready to visit some other places.