Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Postcards to Myself: Part 3, Jekyll Island and home

17-21 February 2018
227 miles from Jekyll Island to
Poinsett State Park, Wedgefield, South Carolina

Poinsett State Park is an idyllic midland spot surrounded by acres of ugly, clear cut foresting and control burns as well as US government property used for air to ground bombing training by US Air Force.  But once inside this park it is an oasis consisting of 1000 acres of woods, ponds, mountain laurels, streams and plenty of trails for mountain biking and hiking as well as boating and fishing. 

The park was developed by Civil Conservation Corp in 1934. Only 5 cabins remain as well a beautiful CCC lake lodge made with a native building material known as coquina, a sedimentary rock consisting of numerous shells and dates back to a time when the ocean reached the SC Midlands. Park ranger explained many of the cabins that were built by the CCC were taken apart and shipped overseas as living quarters for servicemen during the war.  

I spent most of my time painting and drawing along the 10 acre pond and Singleton's Grist Mill remains.

21-24 February 2018
263 miles from Wedgefield, S. Carolina to
Chesapeake Virginia

I drew a lot but no plein air painting because of the fog and chilly temperatures.  The Chesapeake Campground is located across the street from the Great Ditch of Great Dismal Swamp. I visited my son, Jeremy, who lives on a boat and is employed at a marina in Virginia Beach.   I visited the Great Bridge and the Intercoastal locks systems.

24 February 2018
293 miles from Chesapeake, Va to
Best Western Hotel, Westampton, NJ

25 February 2018
295 miles from Westampton, NJ to
Lowell, MA

We are HOME!   

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