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Things to Do in Edisto Island, South Carolina, Besides Going to the Beach



What to Do on Edisto Island, South Carolina, Besides Going to the Beach | CosmosMariners.com


I'm all for laying out and soaking up some sun on the beach, but there are times when I want to do something other than read another paperback and get burnt. (I'm one of those annoying people who can't ever be happy unless I'm doing something.)

While Edisto Beach is known for its family friendly beaches and rows of quiet cottages, there's a lot more to do in this, my favorite of all the South Carolina beach towns, than just watch the waves roll in.

Here's are some of my favorite things to do in Edisto Island when I'm not feeling like going to the beach. Have fun!

What I Think Book Review: Debby Irving's Waking Up White



Summary (from the back of the book): 
For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn't understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one 'aha!' moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan.

When I picked up this book, I have to admit that I came at it with prejudice (which is kind of funny considering that the whole book is about not being prejudiced!). Why was this? 

Edisto Presbyterian Church: Live Oaks, Southern History, and the Ghost of Julia Legare

There are a lot of weird things about me: I constantly have cold feet (literally) even in the middle of the summer, I sleep like a mummy (with my hands crossed over my chest and my ankles crossed), and I have to take Little Debbie Nutty Bars, Twix, and Oreos apart before I eat them.

But one of the oddest things about me is that I like traipsing around graveyards. 

Perhaps this makes me morbid. Or maybe I've just read too many Gothic novels.

I know some people find them creepy (and you'd never see me exploring at night!), but they can be super interesting. I love reading the tombstones of the people buried there--it's crazy to think that, at the end of our lives, everything that we were and wanted to be gets summed up in a few words. 

Here in the South, we've got some particularly beautiful graveyards that are filled with old oaks trees, winding vines, and benches hidden in quiet corners. 

Edisto Presbyterian Church: Live Oaks, Southern History, and the Ghost of Julia Legare | CosmosMariners.com


The Sea Cow Eatery (Edisto Beach, SC)

In my opinion, any beach eatery worth eating at should be laid back and a little funky and have simple but delicious fare.

After all, no one packs heels to go to on a beach vacation.

Kayaking with Dolphins

Edisto Island dolphins
Landon and I got a pair of kayaks about three years ago as a way to explore the waters around Charleston. We had to hang them up (literally and figuratively) when I got pregnant because I could barely walk, much less paddle then.

And it goes without saying that kayaking isn't exactly conducive to having a young baby. 

Those poor kayaks haven't gotten out of the garage much in the last year and a half, so Landon and I were excited to take them to Edisto last week.

What I Think: A Review of Joanna Clapps Herman's No Longer and Not Yet

Joanna Clapps Herman No Longer and Not Yet



While I was on vacation, I got some much needed reading in. I'm a reader through and through, and when I don't get to snuggle up with a book, I start to feel as if my brain is atrophying.

I like books that make me think and make me feel. I like books that make me want to know the characters and visit where they live.

Sadly, I don't come across books like that as often as you'd think, so when I do, it's like a fresh breeze. 

Joanna Clapps Herman's book (novel? short story collection?), No Longer and Not Yet, was one of these books, and I enjoyed reading it immensely.

Edisto Island 2014

What a week. It was filled with sand, sun, family, and bike rides.

It was basically the quintessential family beach vacation, and it was awesome!

Even with a house filled with nine adults and three kids under the age of three, there weren't any spats. The kids loved playing with one another, and I loved hanging out with Landon's parents, siblings, and their spouses.

Landon's parents have rented a beach house most of the summers since Landon and I started dating (for the second time) back in 2009, and we always had a blast. (See my posts from 2012 here and here. I didn't do any posts from last year, as I was 6 week postpartum and basically out of it.) 

But having the babies (well, two toddlers and a baby) there this year made everything that much more fun. 


So, how do you have a great summer beach vacation?