Sullivan’s Island Vicinity Launches and Trips

I gave some thought to some good spots for a kayak trip around the Sullivan’s Island / IOP area. I would recommend avoiding launching from IOP marina, as powerboat traffic in that area is heavy and could create unsafe conditions based on boater experience and temperament. Here is a map of my suggested launch spots, as well as one for one of my favorite trips, Gadsenville Boat Launch to Capers Island:

The key with all of these trips is to work with the tides. Here’s what we are looking at for the next couple of days:

For an afternoon trip, I would recommend being on the water (in your boat and paddling) by no later noon on Wednesday, 12:30pm Thursday, or 1:30pm Friday. The launches above are on tidal creeks and will not have enough water to paddle through as low tide approaches. The launches will be approachable again 2-3 hours after low tide each day.

Retreat Trip Options

Option 1: The Chatooganing, part 2

Float/paddle Section 2 of the Chattooga, camp at either the take out (Earls Ford) or put in (Long Bottom Ford). Long Bottom ford is where we got out of the river last time.

The Chattooga at Earls Ford.


Option 2:  Cypress Forest in Francis Marion

An out of the way camping spot on Chicken Creek (right off the Santee River) in the Francis Marion national forest. Cypress trees, fishing, beautiful spot!

A little video from my paddle on the Santee River:

My campsite on Chicken Creek. As in ON the creek.

The view from the hammock.


Back to Freshwater at Lake Hartwell

Last weekend I took a break from the salt and sun of the South Carolina low country and went to Lake Hartwell with a couple friends. The house where we stayed was situated close to a creek mouth on the northern end of the lake. A cute lake cabin with a steep driveway and everything one would expect to check all the lake cabin boxes.

We fished from the dock using minnows under a bobber. I must admit we weren’t really out there trying to slay the fishing game, as we had some floats in the water tied off to the dock for when the heat got to be a bit much. The bite was steady before noon, with one keeper sized bass and several smaller siblings stopping by for a bite. The fish (and the fishermen) took the afternoon off, with only a couple dinky bass to show for the lunch shift. They lived to dink another day.


Snacks on the Go: Kalahari Biltong

So I tried a new on the go snack today and it may be a new go to. Lightweight, compact, and it tastes good too. Now I admit I have no idea what Peri-Peri is or what it is supposed to taste like but I did not find the Spicy Peri-Peri to be spicy at all. In fact I did not taste much difference between the Peri-Peri and Original flavors. I like them both, but they tasted about the same. The Garlic flavor did in fact have a distinct garlic flavor, not overpowering or too strong, but present and sufficient to keep any nearby undead at bay. 

So how is this different from jerky? First and foremost the texture. If you’ve had much jerky in your life you’ve probably worn out your jaw muscles chewing. Kalhari Biltong (keep in my this is the only biltong I have tried so far) is softer than jerky, kind of like when you first bite into a stick of gum. Also this biltong seemed to pick up moisture faster than jerky once the package is opened. It is best eaten within the same day the package is opened, especially if you are in a moist environment. 

The tagline, “You’ll never go back to jerky”, is perhaps a bit strong. It’s good, but I am not a 100% convert. I will definitely add biltong to my camping/hiking go to protien sources, but I will also be back for some jerky. 



Sooo… Maybe I Was Wrong.

Remember how I was talking about not messing with all the things? Maybe we should mess with all the things:

The Hunt For Redfish In October

To sum up, cooler waters bring redfish up into the flats to eat fiddler crabs and other delicious morsels hiding out in the grass. How does one get up in the flats to chase and catch those hungry redfish?

Option A is to find yourself a pier or dock that goes out that way. Doable, but limiting.

Option B is to put on some waders and stomp out there. Messy, but can be fun.

Option C: get your butt in a kayak and paddle.