March 11

We visited Harris Neck NWR first thing and saw a few different species of warblers. The drive from the entrance to the visitor center was lined with live oaks drenched in hanging moss so I finally got to get some landscape photography in. While I took these pictures Alan walked out on a boardwalk and snapped some nice photos of a male belted kingfisher.

Having been here a few years ago, we remembered the layout and hiked a little bit, and drove the wildlife trail. There were loads of birds about, their calls and songs were everywhere, but spotting them was a huge challenge. We did see the wood storks at their rookery, and snapped a couple of pictures of some flying overhead.

After a nice picnic lunch at the NWR we headed to camp. What should have been a 3 hour drive turned into a 4 hour drive with traffic on I-95 backed up for miles because of road work, plus highway patrol had pulled a few folks over.

I made salads and cooked up a one-pot meal of spam with rice and vegetables korma for dinner. Weird? Yes. But it tasted pretty darned good.

Campground: Santee State Park, Lakeshore Campground in South Carolina. This was a very nice park to stay at, and we enjoyed the solitude of it. The bathrooms were clean. The sites were not level, but the campground itself made up for that.