Once a month, we lock up the HQ and head out on an adventure with our Free Fly co-worker family. This time, on the menu was a trip to one of the coolest wilderness areas in the south. Past trips have included paddle boarding down Shem Creek, fishing, bowling, candle making, and more It's a great way to try new things, get to know your co-workers better, and live the Free Fly lifestyle.
Caper's Island is class one wilderness. A pristine natural environment with great air and water quality, this area is the biggest preserved barrier island on the east coast, and we're lucky to have it in our South Carolina backyard. To experience it for ourselves, we took the work family outside for a Friday adventure in the Lowcountry with the good people and expertise of Captain Robert at Barrier Island Eco Tours.
We certainly saw for ourselves that this picturesque island, about an hour east of downtown Charleston, is one of the best places in South Carolina to enjoy a coastal eco tour or even a paddling backpacking trip.
We're talking about an island with surreal ocean views, interrupted only by petrified trees, and the shade of centuries-old live oak canopies. That day, we all met at the boat launch at 9:00 am at Isle of Palms Marina, hopped on the boat, and headed out for the adventure.
Common sightings for the day include bottlenose dolphins, deer, ospreys, pelicans, bald eagles, herons, egrets, and more.
Along the way, we checked crab traps, caught bait, tossed the football, got the lines wet, beached cleaned, had a beer or two, and explored the pristine island in search of shells. Oh, not to mention, we had the meal of a lifetime with a Lowcountry Boil.
If you visit Caper's, one thing to put on your list is Boneyard Beach, a ghost-like forest of petrified trees sticking out of the sand, left behind by Hurricane Hugo.
When we arrived and began to hike around the beach, we all started to realize that this island is so isolated from development it feels like you're the only person left in the world during the quietest parts of the day. It was pretty special experience to have and share with our co-workers in today's busy world.
There's certainly plenty of things to do once you anchor up on the island. We recommend finding a tidal flat to fish from, hiking around the island, or simply setting up your hammock and taking a nap on island time.
Looking for the recipe to make this your own? Last year, our friend Marty from Badfish shared his Lowcountry Boil secrets with us. Check it out here to learn and replicate the road to success.
Thank you Captain Robert for having us onboard, sharing your knowledge, and taking us to this special place. We highly recommenced it if you're looking to get off the grid and experience the Lowcountry in it's finest light.