Sometimes Mother Nature Says to Rest

A winter storm has reached down from the north to blanket the low country of South Carolina and Georgia with ice and snow and that does not happen very often.  It has been since 2010 that we had the last measurable snow fall and being from West Virginia it is nice to see some snow which will melt in a day or two.  We were just in Buffalo, NY for Christmas and saw plenty of snow.  But it is something that kids in the south don’t often get to experience.  With schools closed for a couple days local kids, many who have never seen snow, are outside throwing snowballs, making snow angels, building a snow man, and if they can find some sloping ground, riding an inner tube down a hill.

With temperatures in the 30’s and battling a cold it makes me think that Mother Nature is speaking to me about finding other things to do indoors to keep active.   Or perhaps it is time to take a few days off to rest.  Occasionally I overdue it when it comes to exercising and push myself a bit too far resulting in aches and pains.  Those aches and pains are my body telling me to back off a bit.  If any type of exercise causes you discomfort you are pushing yourself beyond your bodies ability to positively respond to the stresses placed upon it.  Always listen to your body.  It does speak to you.

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A rare scene in the low country of South Carolina.  The plastic tent is my attempt to protect a small orange tree we planted last spring.

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As my daughter said, “Palm trees and snow don’t go together.”

On days like this when you don’t feel like venturing outside you look for indoor activities to keep you moving.  You can curl up with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate,  organize your office or garage, go through your closets and gather clothes you have been thinking of donating to Good Will or other charitable organizations, or catch up on movies you have recorded on your DVR.  I know some of these suggestions do not involve too much moving but you will at least be accomplishing something positive.  I had an aunt whose daily goal was to accomplish one thing.  That sounds like a good goal to me.

It is okay to sit around and relax on days when the weather is bad and you can’t get outside.  Don’t feel guilty and just enjoy the time you have at home.  Wasn’t it part of an old McDonald’s commercial jingle that once said, ‘You deserve a break today…’?  So take a break and you will be ready to get moving when the weather clears.

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Final Port – Labadee, Haiti and some scenes from the Oasis of the Seas

The last stop on our December 2017 cruise was to Royal Caribbean’s private island resort in Labadee, Haiti.  This 260 acre private resort has been continuously updated over the years to include many types of activities, shopping, etc., to the point that you can spend an entire day enjoying a relaxing day at the beach, taking part in the many types of water sports, or zooming down a zip line from a nearby mountain top down to the waters edge.  There is something for everyone on this small strip of land.

This blog turned out to be more of a photo blog of Labadee and scenes from the Oasis of the Seas.

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So much to do on such a small peninsula

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View from the pier of Labadee Bay on the Island of Haiti

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Lounging on the beach at Labadee

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Waves crashing on a breaker that protects this small bay

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Ready for beach goers

On the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, the Oasis of the Seas, you can see the evolution of a merry-go round horse.  Yes, they have a merry-go round on board.

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Phase 1 – blocks of wood glued together

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Phase 2 – design layout and initial carving

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Phase 3 – Head and neck completed as carving begins on the body of the horse

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Phase 4 – Body carving complete and painting is underway

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Ready to ride

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Sun rays through distant clouds

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My favorite cookie – Coconut Ranger cookie

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Looking down on the aqua theater and interior balconies

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The Rising Tide bar that travels between decks 5 and 8

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The Royal Promenade

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My lovely wife relaxing in our stateroom

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I had to try the zip line.  A fast 7 second ride seven stories above the Boardwalk.

 

San Juan, Puerto Rico and Castillo San Felipe del Morro, ‘El Morro’

Our second port-of-call was San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Much has been reported about the difficulty this island is having as it recovers from the impact of Hurricane Irma in September of this year.  We didn’t venture outside of Old San Juan but the itineraries of the shore excursions were not much different than they were from our previous visits.  While not seeing the damage outside of the city it is reported that much of the island is struggling to recover.  Electric and water service is still not available to a large part of the island.

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This building near the port sustained considerable roof damage.

We walked the streets of Old San Juan browsing through shops before I went of on my own to tour Castillo San Felipe del Morro, ‘El Morro’.   Before describing the fort let me say that it appeared that Old San Juan has recovered more than reports from other parts of the island.  Electricity has been restored to most of Old San Juan but you could still hear the occasional generator humming.  From the streets there appeared to be very little damage but you could not see if the roof tops sustained any damage.  However, some of the shops did have a slight musty smell which would indicate some roof damage and water infiltration.

The cruise port terminal did not appear to sustain any damage and the surrounding area is open for cruise traffic.  We were one of three cruise ships in port that day that deposited about 10,000 visitors to San Juan.  A definite boost to their economy.

Spain’s Empire in the America’s extended from the Atlantic coast of Florida, across the Gulf Coast, down to Mexico and Central America, then along the Northern Coast of South America.  This area was called the Spanish Main and from the 1500’s through the 1700’s brought great wealth that supported Spain as a world power.

Castillo San Felipe del Morro, ‘El Morro’, along with Castillo San Cristobal, is part a major fortification to protect San Juan bay’s deep harbor from attack by sea.  This was the first good harbor for ships en route to the New World after crossing the Atlantic.  Construction began in 1539 and continued for almost 250 years.   El Morro originated from a point at the mouth of the bay that served as the cannon level to what is now a six level fortress that protected Spain’s access to New Worlds wealth most of 400 years.  In 1660 a smaller fort was constructed across from El Morro, called El Canuelo, located about a half mile across the entrance to San Juan bay that provided formidable cross fire.

We can only hope that the hurricane recovery continues and restores this beautiful island.  The Puerto Rican people we encountered were friendly and hospitable and are proud of their heritage and country.  Hopefully this island can get back to a level of economic stability that will endure for many generations to come.

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Looking towards the promontory at the entrance to San Juan bay (bay’s entrance is on the left)

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A Sentry box looking east where approaching ships would becoming from after crossing the Atlantic via trade winds and ocean currents

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View of El Morro from the town.

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View from El Morro looking east along the northern coast of Puerto Rico

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Looking west at dry moats that provide additional protection from attacks.

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This room is a modern addition to the fort.  This opening to a balcony is actually in the men’s restroom.

 

We Keep Moving by Cruising

As I have stated in past blogs, my ‘Keep Moving’ theme can mean many different things related to how we handle our time in retirement.  Some activities are more sedentary that keep hands and minds nimble like crocheting, sewing, needlepoint, reading, writing blogs, traveling, etc., to more physical activities like bicycling, walking, golf, tennis, pickelball, joining exercise program, etc.

Recently my wife and I were moving at a speed of about 15 knots as we embarked on a cruise from Port Canaveral, Fl.  Our ports-of-call for this cruise were St. Thomas, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Royal Caribbean’s private island, Labadee, on the island of Haiti.  If you recall just three months ago Hurricane Irma slammed into both St. Thomas and San Juan with category 4 and 5 winds and wrecked havoc on both islands.  These two ports just recently opened to cruise ship traffic.  Both islands rely heavily on tourism as a major source of revenue so it was important to open the ports as soon as possible to begin restoring some measure of normalcy to the people.  It was also beneficial for the cruise lines as well.

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Looking down on the harbor pilot boat from our balcony on deck 7 as it maneuvers close to our ship.  The harbor pilot boards each cruise ship as it leaves port to “guide” it safely out of the harbor.  The harbor pilot boat then comes along side the ship and the harbor pilot jumps onto the harbor pilot boat and returns to port.

However, two hours out of Port Canaveral the Captain announced that a passenger had a medical emergency that required more treatment than the on-board medical staff could provide.  So we returned to Port Canaveral and five minutes after transferring the patient to an awaiting ambulance we were underway again.  We did hear later that the patient’s condition was not life threatening and he should recover.

We were now four and a half hours behind schedule and 1,049 nautical miles from St. Thomas.  That meant we had a need for speed.  That term is relative since the maximum cruising speed of the Oasis of the Seas is 22.6  knots and we were originally traveling at 15 knots.  So we headed out to the open sea hoping for two days of smooth sailing.  The second day we awoke to cloudy skies, a 20 knot head wind, and rain.  Those conditions created 10 to 12 foot swells which this large ship cut through like a hot knife through butter.  However, even ships this large are at the mercy of the ocean and  with stabilizers deployed we felt the ship roll a bit which made walking in a straight line difficult.

We arrived in St. Thomas on time and docked at Crown Bay.  The cruise ship Bahama’s Paradise was docked in the next birth.  This ship is being used to house power line workers and others involved in the recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma.

We joined a group that was taking a tour of the island and stopping at several points of interest including the ‘Top of the Mountain’, an area that on a clear day offers a 180 degree view of the Caribbean sea and the surrounding islands of Jost Van Dyke, Tortola, and St. Johns.  However, as we approached the summit we drove into the clouds and endured an hour of heavy rain and fog.  So the 180 degree view was limited to about 200 feet.   We were glad we had seen the view on previous trips.

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Communication tower at the ‘Top of the Mountain’.  Note the tower next to it nor the satellite dish were not damaged.

It is hard to say how long the recovery will take but work crews are making progress.  The main roads around the island have been cleared but many side roads and streets remain blocked or have limited access because of downed trees.  Any wide spot along the narrow, winding roads are piled with vegetative debris, appliances, furniture, and other damaged items.  Many roof tops are draped with blue tarps, communication lines from power poles remain on the ground, hundreds of power poles have been replaced and hundreds more are stacked and ready to be installed.  Debris is segregated into piles near the port by the type of disposal needed.  There are piles of vegetation, white goods (appliances), and construction and demolition debris (building materials).  I don’t know what the final disposal plan for these items will be but being on an island will make that task more difficult.

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Part of the roof from this building can be seen on the hillside below.

Our tour guide told us that about 40% of the island has electrical service restored.  As we departed at dusk you could see lights scattered among the houses dotting the mountains above Crown Bay and Charlotte Amalie.  It is hard to tell if all those lights were powered by restored electricity or from generators.  I thought it was interesting that each street light outside of town has its own solar panel.

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This used to be a coconut grove at Magan’s Bay.   Photo by Marilyn Baker

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Equipment loading hurricane debris.   Photo by Marilyn Baker

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Up rooted trees across telephone and electric lines.  Photo by Marilyn Baker

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Magan’s Bay beach area.   Photo by Marilyn Baker

 

Next port-of-call – San Juan, Puerto Rico.  See you there.

Is It Ever Too Late To Start Exercising?

I have been wondering what to write about in my next blog that was related to my theme of  ‘Keep Moving’.   As I was taking a walk it occurred to me that what I was doing at that moment is essential to good health, a good healthy habit, and is an activity for virtually every senior citizen.  As I walked along I started to think about the benefits of exercise and how it was related to our quality of life.  As we age we need to understand that exercise can have a positive effect on our lives.  It can delay some aspects of aging such as the ability to move and a decline in mental agility.

Remember, it is never too late to start an exercise program.  An active lifestyle is important to our overall health.  By moving we can boost energy, maintain our independence, protect our current health, manage symptoms of pain and illness, and improve our outlook on life.  A recent Swedish study found that physical activity is a key contributor to longevity even if you start exercising late in life.

There are many physical and mental benefits to regular exercise and an active lifestyle that can improve your quality of life.  For example, some physical benefits include:

  1.  Weight loss.  As we age our metabolism slows and exercise helps to increase         metabolism and builds muscle that burns calories.
  2. Reduces the impact of illness and chronic diseases, improves our immune system,  helps to control blood pressure, and improves bone density, as well as aiding in lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and certain cancers.
  3. Improves mobility and flexibility by improving strength which helps with balance control that can reduce the risks of falls.

Mental health benefits can include:

  1. Improved quality of sleep.
  2. Proper rest between workouts gives our body and mind time to recharge and regenerate.
  3. Improved mood and boosts self-confidence.
  4. Helps us feel younger
  5. Reduces stress levels

If you start to exercise late in life it can be more of a challenge to get started, so don’t lose sight of the fact that you are never too old to start.  You just have to set realistic goals for yourself and what level of fitness you wish to achieve depending on the types of activities you wish to participate in.  Start out slow and keep up a regular routine and you will gradually, and surprisingly, see how much you have improved.  You will have more energy, your mood will improve, your stress level will fall, you can better manage symptoms of illness and pain, and you will see improvement in your overall well being.

Examples of simple exercises and activities that benefit seniors include but not limited to walking, water aerobics, yoga, Tai Chi, senior sports, gardening, fitness centers, bicycling, and dancing to name a few.

The idea of adding regular exercise to your daily routine is more about adding movement and activity to your life rather than building muscle mass and doing more strenuous activities.  It helps with everyday activities that we take for granted.  For example, climbing stairs, walking, house cleaning, washing the car, mowing the lawn, gardening, getting in and out of the car, opening a jar, and being able to turn our heads when backing out of the driveway (although rear view cameras are making that a thing of the past) to name a few.  As we age some of these everyday activities become harder or almost impossible to do without assistance.  Therefore, we want to maintain our independence for as long as we can and regular exercise can help.

I should mention that before beginning an exercise program one should :

  1. Check with their physician to get his or her approval to begin an exercise program.
  2. Listen to your body as you progress.  Exercise should be enjoyable not painful.  If you are hurting after a workout back off some of the activity.
  3. Start slow and gradually build up to more strenuous activities.
  4. Warm up and cool down to prevent injury.  Stretching after a workout can help remove tightness.

Whatever activity you choose to undertake make it enjoyable as well as productive.  Maybe find a friend to exercise with so you can motivate each other, but I hope you can find an activity that will keep you moving for years to come.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

 

 

 

What Inspires You?

Staying active in retirement goes a long way towards a long and fulfilling retirement.  I understand that other things like health issues can unexpectedly derail our plans and alter our path through retirement.  If that happens we must try to deal with whatever adverse situation we may face as best we can and with the most positive attitude we can muster.  This can be easier said than done yet we must be grateful for each day we have.  I once heard a young women who has cerebral palsy say that she faces each day with an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’.  This is a sentiment we should all ascribe too.  I have been blessed beyond comprehension with good health and a wonderful family, yet I don’t always give thanks for those blessings.

As we age it seems like our bodies age faster than our minds.  I know at times I think I can do some  things I used to do when I was younger.  Some I can still do, just not as well.  If we are fortunate to escape the ravages of dementia or Alzheimer’s, or other serious health issue, we can still remain active as we age.  Granted, those activities might be done at a slower pace, but we can still do them.

To me, age is just a number although I am amazed at how those numbers are getting larger!  On any given day in our Sun City Hilton Head community you can see residents engaged in all types of activities, hence the billing as an “active adult community.”   We move here for the lifestyle.  There are people pitching horseshoes, bicycling, playing softball and pickle-ball, walking, gardening, playing golf, attending exercise classes, etc., as well as more sedentary activities like quilting/sewing clubs, ceramics and art classes, Zumba classes, photography, or participating in book clubs, travel clubs, card clubs, etc. to name a few.  We are not “God’s waiting room” as some might think.  People who move to this and other active adult communities are trying to squeeze every last ounce of enjoyment they can get from their lives.

Part of my routine to ‘Keep Moving’ is to visit our fitness center 2  – 3 times a week to workout with exercise bands to strengthen my shoulders to alleviate shoulder pain and lift light weights to maintain strength and muscle tone .  At my age I don’t lift weights to build bulk because increasing muscle mass at my age is difficult and I am not that dedicated nor is my goal that lofty.  I want to maintain strength and agility to participate in activities like softball, golf, occasionally pickleball, bicycling or any other activity I might pursue.

Fitness centers in an active adult retirement community are not places where people try to impress each other with large muscles or the ability to lift large amounts of weight.  There are men and women of all shapes and sizes. We are not there to show off our latest in exercise fashion!  You sometimes see plaid shorts and knee high black socks.  There’s no need be self conscious.  Just do your workout because you are doing it for yourself.

Some people who come into the fitness center can serve as motivation and inspiration for others.  For example, it is not unusual to see someone entering the facility with the aid of a walker.  Now they could be rehabbing a hip or knee replacement, or have some other medical issue, but they make the effort to come in to supplement their physical therapy so they can resume normal activities to the best of their abilities.  I don’t know about you, but that is enough to motivate and inspire me to do what I can to ‘Keep Moving’ and I hope you can find something that will inspire you as well.

 

Sometimes You Just Gotta Chill

I have written a lot in past blogs on the subject of ‘Keep Moving’.  That phrase can mean any number of things, from more strenuous physical activities, to walking or strolling along a tree lined road or down a shaded path, to more social activities such as dancing.  It can also include more laid back activities like gardening, taking art classes, or intellectual pursuits such as taking classes at a nearby college or as in our area attending the Osher Lifelong Learning lectures.  The point is to find things that interest you to keep your mind, body, and soul engaged each and every day.

After working for 30 or 40 years where every day was structured and we were expected to be at a certain place at a certain time, retirement can be a big change in that routine for some people.  One day you are working and the next day your calendar is clear.  No one is expecting you to be anywhere.  What are you to do?  Hopefully, you have planned for this day and have a gene

ral idea of what you want to do with all the time on your hands.  Maybe you’ve had a list of home repairs that you didn’t have time to make when you were working.  Perhaps you have a bucket list of places you want to visit.  Just have a plan in place.  Remember, a plan is something from which you can deviate as circumstances dictate. It is a blueprint which can be modified by its designer at any time!

I guess the purpose of this blog is to remind you that while you should ‘Keep Moving’ in retirement, sometimes you just need to chill out.   Sit down, relax, take a day off.   Stop and smell the roses.  You’ve earned it and deserve it.  We want to keep our mind and body sharp but we also need to rest now and then.  Even if that means taking an afternoon nap every now and then.  Remember, you’ve earned it.

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My daughter and I were chilling at the beach on Hilton Head

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Then lunch with my wife and daughter at Skull Creek Boathouse on Hilton Head

Bull’s Island

While traveling on long car trips, my wife and I listen to audiobooks to help pass the time. Over the years we have listened to many good books.  I personally enjoy books written about places I have visited and books set in the vicinity of the South Carolina lowcountry.  We recently listened to a book titled Bull’s Island by Dorothea Benton Frank.  Ms. Frank has written many books set in the lowcountry such as Folly Beach:  A Low Country TaleLow Country Summer, and Return to Sullivan’s Island to name a few.  Bull’s Island centers around a wealthy lowcountry family who covertly acquired a 5,000 acre barrier island north of Charleston, SC with the help of a U.S. Senator who altered the language in a funding bill so they could purchase this island that was originally given to the federal government for a wildlife refuge.  They plan to develop this environmentally sensitive island into an enclave of extremely high end housing units and amenities that can be purchased for sale in the millions.  Dislike among families reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet, intrigue, and old secrets keep family members estranged for years only to have those secrets revealed in the end.

I mention the Bull’s Island book because we recently spent several days in Myrtle Beach, SC and returning home we passed the turn off for the Bull’s Island ferry along Rt. 17 about 15 miles north of Charleston, SC.  We decided to follow the story lines in the book to the Garris Landing in Awendaw, SC that serves as the boat landing where the Bull’s Island ferry embarks and as the site of several fictional environmental protests described in the book. The ferry runs on a limited schedule depending on the season.  Be sure to check the schedule in advance so you are not disappointed to find it is not running on the day you visit.

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Bull’s Island Ferry at Garris Landing in Awendaw, SC.  The farthest land you see in the distance is Bull’s Island.

While the book is pure fiction as far as the plot goes the adventures one could have by visiting Bull’s Island are numerous.  As part of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, Bull’s Island is one place we have put on our bucket list to visit.  The 30-minute ferry ride includes an introduction into the wonders and history of this fascinating place.  This uninhabited refuge boasts 16 miles of trails, 7 miles of coastline, and a place called “Boneyard Beach”.  Boneyard Beach is a three mile stretch of beach littered with weathered oaks, cedars, and pines that reminds me of a stretch of beach on Jekyll Island, GA called Driftwood Beach that has hundreds of oaks and pines that have been weathered to a light gray by the sun and saltwater.

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Boneyard Beach on Bull’s Island

According to a volunteer we spoke with upon our arrival at the boat landing there are over 2,000 alligators on the island which covers over 5000 acres. He said it was the second highest concentration of alligators in the U.S.  According to a brochure we picked up, Bull’s Island has been called the “Galapagos of the Eastern Seaboard” and “is managed for the protection of endangered and threatened species”.  The island also is the second most significant nesting location for loggerhead turtles north of Florida.  The volunteer said they had identified and covered with netting over 500 nesting sites this year.

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The farthest land seen in the upper left is the southern end of Bull’s Island

While space is limited you can also immerse your self into the islands ecosystem by booking a 3 day – 2 night stay at the Dominick House  This is a 1920’s era manor house  with six bedrooms, a kitchen, showers, and a large gathering room.  Your stay will include 3 days of guided tours by the Naturalist, low country cuisine, viewing sunrises at Boneyard Beach if you are an early riser, and plenty of time to relax.  The volunteer told us that they are already booked for 2018 so I guess this is an adventure you must plan a year in advance, but it sounds like it is worth the wait.

As my wife and I continue to travel  we will listen to more books about the lowcountry and those written about places that will inspire us to visit.  Have you started your travel bucket list?  If not, what are you waiting for?

A Lesson Learned about Lowcountry Fishing – Will the Learning Ever End?

Recently a friend and I went on a fishing/scouting trip to an area that I hoped would be suitable for fly fishing for redfish.  We went down to Hilton Head Island and put in at the Haigh Point landing then ventured up McKay’s Creek to the north end of Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refugee.  According to navigation charts there is an area just off Pinckney Island, where at low tide is an area about a half square mile where the water is 1 to 2 feet deep.  While I have boated around this area several times I never looked at it as a possible location to fish.  We were scouting this area to see if there was any smooth cordgrass in the water that might attract redfish that feed on fiddler crabs or periwinkle snails that attach themselves to the blades of grass.  It turns out I had it backwards.  At low tide this area is just a sandy bottom where we saw a few blue crabs scampering along the bottom.

 

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North end of Pinckney Island at low tide.  This grassy area would be partially submerged at high tide.

The grassy area I thought I would see partially submerged at low tide is actually partially submerged at high tide which is where I assume redfish would feed on crabs and snails.  It is in areas like this that you can sight fish by seeing dorsal and tail fins above the surface of the water as the fish search for food, or you can see a distinct “V” moving on the surface as a fish swims just below the surface.

After fishing the area with no luck, we got in the boat and worked our way back through McKay’s Creek stopping at a few spots to do some bottom fishing for sharks.  This area around the Broad River is a virtual shark nursery.  When my grandkids visit in the summer they love to fish for sharks because they are abundant and easy to catch.  We usually end up catching small blacktip and bonnethead sharks using cut mullet or squid as bait.  Occasionally, we catch a larger shark which makes the day all the more exciting for them.

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We didn’t end up catching any sharks or redfish on our scouting trip, but I did catch a small stingray.  So even though we struck out fishing just being out on the water  was worth the trip.  Being in this area around Pinckney Island, as with any waterway here in the low country, is spectacular.  The scenery changes with the tides and around every turn.  While I grew up and lived in the mountains for most of my life I can’t say enough about how fortunate I feel to be living in the low country of South Carolina.  I guess I am what the former director of the county department I worked for would call a “Damn Yankee”.  He said tourists that visit this area and return home are “Yankees”, and those who visit but don’t go home are “Damn Yankee’s”.  I take pride in that moniker, but he also said that since I was from West Virginia he kept me around for the entertainment value.   I must have been an entertaining Damn Yankee.   But I also understand his concern for the expansion of development in this area.  On one hand it is amazing and on the other hand alarming how much development has taken place in the nine years I have lived here.  Only responsible development can protect the water resources that makes this area special for fishing and shellfish growth.

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Late afternoon near Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refugee

The Perfect Bicycle Storage System for Me

Storage in my garage is sometimes at a premium from all the “stuff” we accumulated over the years and not having enough space to organize and store “stuff”.  Even though my wife and I have downsized and de-cluttered we still seem to have “stuff” we don’t often use or has some sentimental value.  I have often heard people say that if you haven’t used something in 6 months to a year you probably don’t need to keep it.

Bicycles take up a lot of floor space so having a way to store them off the floor is helpful. There are many bicycle storage rack systems on the market from hanging bikes from the ceiling to wall mounted racks.  I found that I did not have enough head room to hang my bicycle from the ceiling using ropes and pulleys, like the 2-bike Elevations Garage Hoist kit, nor did I want to hang a wall mounted storage rack like the Homee Bicycle Bike Wall Hook Rack Holder Stand Bike, so I searched for a storage rack that could store my bicycle off the floor while still leaving some floor space for other “stuff”.  I found this Delta Donatello 2 bike leaning bicycle rack that serves that purpose but what I really found appealing is that it functions perfectly to keep the bike off the floor so I can do routine maintenance.  This storage rack can accommodate 2 bicycles and has adjustable arms to hold almost any bike and leans against a wall with a tab that can secure the rack to the wall for added stability.

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Delta Donatello 2 bike leaning bicycle rack

As I said earlier, there are a multitude of bicycle storage racks on the market and each serves a particular purpose depending on our individual needs.  With a little research each of us can come up with the perfect bicycle storage rack to make room for our other “stuff”.