Wednesday, September 21, 2011

September 21

Summer officially over
Even though fall should start today we got quite a warm day here on Campobello Island. It was almost like the summer wanted to remind us that we still could go in shorts and short sleeves.
And the morning fog could not hide the sun for long. Molly and I went to Herring Cove Beach early to check out whether I could shoot a couple of nice pics. 

And pictures we got as you can see. The long line of sticks in the water is part of a Herring Weir, meaning the dumb little herrings must swim along a net which will finally lead them into the round weir from where there is no escape. Setting up a Herring Weir is quite an expensive affair. And it rarely survives the winter storms.

The sun was still relatively low and appeared a bit "gloomy" behind the fog. Molly had a great time with sniffing up all the half-rotten seeweeds and what worse she could find. The tide was quite low so the beach appeared huge.
Herring Weir

Whenever I get to a beach it reminds me of my home town Eckernfoerde,Germany.  Growing up in a  coastal town had a profound impact on my later choices in life, especially the last one with seeking out coastal surroundings here on the East Coast of Canada.

One of the most interesting coastal landscapes we have seen is the Charleston/South Carolina area. It was in November 2009 that we ventured down the East Coast to Charleston. Of course we had both read Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind" and consequently, Charleston held a special interest for both of us. The beaches are gorgeous and the water is really warm, even in November. But Charleston is also a very special city. For everyone with an interest in architecture must be thrilled about wandering the old town. Most famous of course is the walk along the "Battery", from where we could see Fort Sumter out on the island. It was here that the American Civil War started in 1861. 
We all know how that ended. 
At James County Island RV-Park

Along the "Battery" in Charleston

We also visited the Hopsewee Plantation, which was not a cotton plantation but produced rice of a special quality. Indeed the rice was so special that it was even exported to China. Under a big storm saltwater flooded the fields and destroyed the operation.

Only the park, the main house and a few small buildings, one of them the former slave quarters, remain.

If you've never seen this area we can recommend to stay at the James Island RV-Park. It is not too far into the city and one can also easily get to the beaches.


  1. We only had one day in Charleston and I sure wish we would have taken more time. But that year I was on a schedule. I've since learned that schedules are meant to be broken or not made in the first place.

  2. Great pictures of the shore. When summer fades, it is time to head south:)

  3. I tried sending you this directly to your e-mail but it was rejected...any how here are the directions:

    North Shoal Creek Falls.
    From Murphy NC take 1326 (Joe Brown Hwy) to intersection with Hiwassee
    Dam Access Road (HDA). Turn left onto HDA road and go for one tenth
    mile to the junction with Morrow road.
    Turn right onto Morrow road and continue for 1.6 to the junction with
    Prospect road. Turn left on Prospect road for less than one half mile.
    Watch for an abandoned forest road on the right.
    Park here and walk down an unmarked trail on the right.
    Follow thus trail for 200 feet to the top of the falls,it is steep and
    can be slippery.

    Buck Bald view point.
    From Tellico Plains Tennessee take Hwy 68 South for 12 miles ,turn
    left into Buck Bald RD 311 and go till the end.


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