If I played the word association game with “beach,” my first thoughts might be either “surf” or “ocean.” I’d rarely think “lake,” and might never think “river.” Yet during a visit to the Salkehatchie region of South Carolina I enjoyed some brief, but memorable beach moments along the Savannah River.
Ninety minutes north of the city of Savannah I spent a few days at a quiet remote destination in the wild woods of South Carolina. And on this trip, two different leisure activities put me on the sandy banks of the Savannah River.
The first was an evening “safari.” The river cruise designed to spot the 10-12 foot alligators and the birds that call the area home delighted. Bird enthusiasts would appreciate all the birds we spotted; Osprey, Swallow-tail Kites, Cormorants, Egrets and our national Bald Eagle. And then after a few hours we did stop for a break along the sandy shores to stretch the legs.
The other activity, a morning kayak, enabled us to even get even closer to the water. Here we navigated the river paddling a few miles down stream. We listened closely to hear nature and felt energized by some morning exercise.
On both occasions small sand deposits enabled us to stop , come ashore, and enjoy time on the bank of the Savannah River. To enjoy a moment on the riverside beaches in Salkehatchie.
I still might always answer “ocean” or “surf” when I hear the word “beach,” but this trip reminded me how a beaches do exist on riverbanks. So this beach Thursday, I wanted share this memory and remind us all the beauty of a beach can be found along the oceans, lakes, and rivers.
Stay Adventurous, Craig
This is post 4 of 13 in the Winter Series – Beach Thursday, a Special Series on Stay Adventurous. In addition, I’d like to thank Salkehatchie regional tourism for opening my eyes to this unique part of my country.