August 26, 2019

Palm Tree Island Excursion

We have a wonderful resource right around the corner:

Palm Tree Island!

Our excursion to Palm Tree Island was undoubtedly the shortest distance traveled, but one of our largest attendances.  That was “by-design.”   Our boat club excursions book up to the maximum quickly.  This is because space on boats and the number of captains are limited, and, of course, because they are lots of fun!  Since our destination was only a tenth of a mile away, it was easy to shuttle boat club members back and forth.  The challenge was the tides!

As you may know, Palm Tree Island only emerges from the depths at mid-tide and above.  Tide cycles are about 13 hours total, or 6 ½ hours from low to high.  So when the tide was about ½ out, our crew, Spencer Perritt and Parker Dickens, were locked and loaded to take a grill, steamer pot, tent, chairs, coolers and much more out to the island.  As soon as there was dry land to set in on, they were unloading. 

Two days before this time Captain Tyler Barrack was baiting crab pots and setting them out in the Lolli-pop Bay entrance.  Then, early on the day of the excursion, Club Members set out with Tyler to harvest the crabs.  They came back with a bountiful catch! Sue & Chris Mooney’s dog “Grady” went along too.  Grady promised to keep his nose out of the cooler full of crabs!

Meanwhile, Fallon and David Summerlin were finishing their shopping to create an absolutely wonderful Low Country Boil!  As you may know, David joined us this year as our Marina Manager.  With a family of 4 children, David and Fallon are accustomed to juggling a lot of things at once.  One person said, I can’t believe she (Fallon) did all of that cooking with one hand; the other was holding their youngest “Salter.”  However, it was easy to find people who wanted to hold little Salter!  It turns out that Low-Country-Boils are Fallon’s signature dish.  She grew up in Brunswick county and her parents are in the restaurant business.

Time went by quickly and soon the water was reminding us that we were welcome on the island for only so long.  By the time the last group was shuttled of the island, the water was ankle-deep.  This didn’t spoil the fun, however, because back at the docks the band at nearby Blue Water Restaurant was still playing.  Some of the group hung out and enjoyed the music and good company!

Does anyone know why the steamer pot is in a shade tent? 

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