The Hands of Jery B. Taylor There are so many things in life that challenge us daily. Camping is perceived as a challenge and it's really not.I am disappointed that more of us don't do it. I have been unable to write to you for a while because life has challenged me but like life ... Camping is worth it!!
We're back in the Low Country islands of the Gullah Geechee People (St. Helena S.C). and this time we are joined by our family. Whom we haven't been camping with for many years. Our first night was a long one! Filled with laughter and joy which lasted into the wee hours of the morning. I am always amazed at the level of relaxation I'm able to achieve while camping. I am generally a bit hyper and tend to keep moving until it's time for me to sleep, but in the woods my body slows down and I find that I can become still and take in all the beauty of my surroundings.
We also enjoyed our visits to Barefoot Farm to purchase our fruits and vegetables and take in the wisdom of the elders. I was picking out tomatoes, zucchini and peppers for our outdoor dinner that evening when I remarked how hot it was. The elder woman then said, "how lucky we are to feel the heat and still have our mind"... She went on to add that there are those who don't even know it's hot and don't have presence of mind. I think I shall never complain again! Here in the South Carolina islands there is much to see and do. First the beauty of palm trees and live oaks with their Spanish moss blowing in the warm tropical breeze. With the ocean warm and inviting. The sand dunes are filled with loggerhead turtle nests, and are preparing for there journey to the sea. Long stretches of soft sand, perfect for romantic walks or morning runs if your so inclined.
And there is the rich Gullah history here and the basket weavers who still use their talent that was passed down to them from the ancestors. We were quite fortunate to have met the talented and noteworthy Jery B. Taylor who's works are featured at the Penn Center Museum.
Jery B. Taylor Her hands hold such historical value one wonders if they have been insured. St. Helena Island is one place everyone of us should visit, and making it a camping excursion is the way to go in my book. So unplug and let your body and soul take in all that these beautiful islands have to offer.
An African American couple, with over thirty years of family camping experience.
From north to south, tents to campers, simple to superb...
Back in the 70's we began camping as young adults. We became hooked!
While we were reminded of our childhood experiences, this was different. It became our cabin in the woods, but without the mortgage.
Our family would pack up after work on Friday and head to the lake. We would swim, fish, and ride bikes together, and my favorite the campfire. We went home each weekend feeling refreshed, and with great memories of the time we spent together. Leaving being so hard to do.
Soon others came with us, nieces, nephews, friends and other family. All of whom still camp today and take their own families. We are presenting this with the goal of infusing family with the appreciation of nature. With so much technology and desensitizing information.
We hope this will awaken your senses and motivate you to Camp in Color.
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