Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Weekend Road Trip: St. Helena Island, SC

This past Sunday we decided we had gotten a full 3 weeks into 2012 so a ROAD TRIP was in order.  I do believe we have a bit of gypsy in our bones and we catch wander lust from time to time.  This trip was inspired by a show we saw (about 3 weeks ago...hmmm?) about St. Helena Island, South Carolina and the wonderful Gullah Culture that is rooted there along with a unique style of art and food.

I did mention food, right????
 Our first stop was for sustenance
because you can't explore on an empty stomach. 
We found our way to Gullah Grub.
 It was a  real treat! Chef/Owner Chef Bill Green
has been cooking for nearly a half century
and has been featured on Martha Stewart Living and
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.
 Inside the restaurant is filled with great Gullah art and artifacts...
including the snarling gentleman in the corner.

 We all came away full after stuffing ourselves with sampling yummies like Shrimp & Grits, Shrimp Gumbo, BBQ, red rice, lima beans, cornbread and the best collard greens I think I have ever tasted.
After getting nourishment for our journey we headed over to Hunting Island State Park to visit the lighthouse.  The Hunting Island historic lighthouse is the only lighthouse open to the public to climb in the state.  It was tall.....
 Did I mention the plan was to climb to the top?
 up....up....10 stories, as the stairs got narrower
 and narrower with each story
 The view from the top.
See that dot on the ground?  That would be me...yep, I chickened out about 3 stories up.  I had to go back down.  I didn't realized that I apparently have a thing about heights, or maybe small steps???  But don't I look just tiny in this photo?

Check back for my next post continuing all the fun things we saw while visiting Gullah Gullah Island (do any of you remember that show?)

12 comments:

proudpatriot07 said...

I remember that show, lol. Then again I was just a kid a few years ago ;). Looks like you guys had a fun time, I've never been to a lighthouse before, maybe hubs and I can check this out one day :).

A.L.

Sues said...

How did I EVER *not* know about "Gullah Gullah Island" growing up?!?!?
I want to eat at that restaurant!!!
Ooo, and that lighthouse would have killed me - I did Tybee, and I was shaking like Jello the WHOLE time! :-D

Sundresses and Smiles said...

I love little adventures like this!!

Ally Garner said...

Gosh it's been years since I've been to St Helena Island. What a magical place!

Miss Char said...

Another southern adventure for me to add to my list Michelle. Thanks for sharing.

Michelle a.k.a. Farmchick said...

You do look tiny in that last photo! Holy Cow!

Hines-Sight said...

What great food. Love the little dot!

Linda said...

My oldest son watched it years ago. I loved it!!

Rebecca said...

What fun!! Sounds like an awesome way to spend the day. I really enjoy studying the Gullah Geechee culture. Sapelo Island is one of my favorite places to visit also, for a glimpse into that world.

beth said...

This is right near where we live! My husband has to drive out there all the time so I'll tell him about the restaurant. When you get around to Bluffton and Hilton Head, pick me up! I can't do lighthouses either, but the one in Harbour Town on HHI is doable!

Ruth said...

How wonderful! Both times I have made it to the low country I couldn't fit in a Gullah tour and I am still sad about it.

Heather said...

Oh, I have climbed two lighthouses in NC and it is AWFUL at the top, at least for me. I think it's the combination of the height and the lack of substantial barrier - the railings seem too airy and then it's windy on top of that. Ick. I think you made the right call for sure!!