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Morris Island Lighthouse Sunset Tour

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My aunt and cousin are in town for their annual visit. My aunt is one of the last surviving members of my parent’s generation. She has always been an important part of our lives, and we are so happy that we are still a part of hers. She means the world to us, and we love that she makes the journey to see us each year. My cousin asked that we again this year plan “something special” for her mom. One of my sisters threw out a couple of boating ideas that I quickly caboshed as “boring and/or pedestrian.”

So I took over the assignment and knew I needed to kick it up a notch. I am not much of a boat person, and if I am going on a boat, there has to be a purpose. I have always wanted to see the Morris Island Lighthouse up close and personal. So I put my thinking cap on and began my research.

Charleston Outdoor Adventures – Rocks!

I found Charleston Outdoor Adventures based out of Bowens Island near Folly Beach. I looked on their website and found that there was a Morris Island Tour on the date that I needed. The fine print states that tour times are based on the tides. My fingers are crossed. There is at least one Morris Island tour every day, and at times those tours fall during sunset. The date I needed offered a sunset tour, so I was thrilled. The tour is $47 per person; is two and a half hours long and departs from Bowens Island.  So far so good but I wanted a private tour for my group of eight. And I had a couple of other special requests.

Morris Island

Fortunately for me the day I called, I got Joe the owner on the phone. I told him what I wanted: a private tour for just my group, I wanted to leave later so we can still be on the island for the sunset, and we can bring wine for the ride and a picnic once on the island. I got most of what I wanted. We could not stay on the island until sunset because it would be too dark for the ride back to the dock but he did push it back 30 minutes.

An additional fee of $20.00 per person based on our count of 8 guests is required for a private tour.  The upcharge could be different if you have fewer guests and depending on the time of year private tours may not be possible. But I lucked out as we went during a slower time of year.

One more thing

When talking with Joe, I mentioned that I am a photographer and a blogger. I told him that this is a “photography” dream of mine and that I was going to write about the trip on my blog. He asked me if I had a drone to capture aerial images, (I do not.) and long story, short he tells me that he will captain our trip AND bring his drone. Done and done.

4:00 pm Launch

We needed to be dockside at 3:40 pm for the 4:00 pm launch. We had lots of stuff: sweaters and jackets, lots of wine and a cooler full of nibbly bits and my camera gear. This trip was not something that I would trust my phone to capture. A camera with two lenses is required. We pack it all onto the Carolina Skiff Bay Boat, and off we go through the creeks of James Island heading to the Morris Island Lighthouse.

The South Carolina ecosystem is one of the largest and most diverse in all the world. Joe, our guide (yes, and the owner) knows his stuff and fills us full of whatever knowledge we choose to absorb.  The weather is perfect. The sky is clear, and we are in for an experience of a lifetime. Images probably tell the story the best, so here we go.

Morris Island
Our chariot awaits. Crais is ready to head out.
Morris Island
Our captain and my guests.
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Captain Joe

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(Not Alfred Hitchcock’s) The Birds

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Morris Island

Morris Island

As Our Destination Comes Into View

We Approach Morris Island and the Lighthouse

Disembarkment on Morris Island

We have to anchor on the creek side of the island because the boat is not suited for ocean currents and waves. The sand is soft and we sink as we walk to set up our picnic as the sun sets behind us. Joe launches the drone for some spectacular views.

 

Morris Island

Morris Island

Morris Island

Morris Island

We feast and we drink on the most beautiful day, at this beautiful place with family. Yes, that dot in the sand is us.

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Morris Island

Morris Island

Morris Island

Morris Island

The View From Above

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Island Views

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Morris IslandTime to Head Home

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A Visit from a Few Friends

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Morris Island

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The Sunset Caps off the Perfect Evening

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Morris Island

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Morris Island

Morris Island

Morris Island

Morris Island

Morris Island

You made it to the end of this post. As a reward, here is a three-minute video view from above. Enjoy. A special thank you to Joe Lott and Charleston Outdoor Adventures for the drone images and footage. It made this day so much more memorable.

I was not compensated for this post. I just had the time of my life and felt that it needed to be shared so that others may have the opportunity.

Charleston Outdoor Adventures offers Kayaking, Paddleboarding, Fossil Hunting Tours, Dolphin Tours, Morris Island Lighthouse Tours, Kayak Fishing and Inshore Fishing Charters. They can be reached at 843-795-0330.

 

Cheers,

rick

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8 Comments

  1. Jessica H

    This beautiful post left me in tears. Charleston is home, I grew up a water rat, spending any available time on the water. I am currently living in Richmond, VA and am sooooo homesick! Thank you for brightening my day. I’m looking so forward to coming home Thanksgiving!

  2. Michele

    WOW!! Gorgeous!! We are definitely booking this tour – so serene and beautiful! Thanks for sharing Rick :0)

  3. Wowza! Those pictures are unbelievably gorgeous! That was definitely not a “pedestrian” trip for your aunt, and THAT is the way to experience Charleston. I wish we had done something similar while we were in town. We’ll have to go back because those views are breathtaking!

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  4. Sheri Robinson

    OMGOSH!! How amazing was that??!!! I bet you are in charge of the future festivities!! I have friends in Greenville North and South Carolina!! Might be time for a visit in the spring!!

  5. Jenn Workman

    WOW. I quietly read your posts everyday from Wilm NC but just had to comment on this beauty today! I found you from Natalie’s blog and I have to admit…..I sure wish that I was a neighbor also 🙂

  6. Steven E. Clem

    Beautiful! It looks like it was an amazing day!

  7. Lauren

    Those pictures are GORGEOUS!!

  8. Pam

    Great post!

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