A Happy Discovery in Bluffton
21 June 2013 | Bluffton, SC
"I've worked very hard to plan a spontaneous adventure." -Martin Harvey, "Captain Ron."
Today was the first day of our cruise that was not like Martin Harvey's "spontaneous adventure." We had a number of surprises, most good.
We began this morning with a nice sail up the May River, about 5nm to our anchorage - or so we thought. Our cruising guide is seven years old and in that time a lot has changed in Bluffton. The May River is now lined with million-dollar homes and million-dollar docks to go with them. We approached the spot indicated as a good anchorage, but we didn't feel comfortable dropping the hook. We felt like intruders. While we were discussing what to do, I spotted a man spying us from his property. I don't think he was a welcoming committee. Had we stayed, there would have been a confrontation, I'm sure. We didn't need his wrath, though, to decide to move on. We pressed on up river, eventually finding a great spot at the other end of Bluffton near an Oyster factory, and well clear of any private homes.
Along the way, we spotted a Bluffton public dock - another feature that didn't exist when our guide was published. So as soon as Aria was anchored, I got the dinghy in the water and away we went ashore.
What a strange feeling to find oneself wandering an unknown town with no car, no map, no real plan. We followed signs to a historic home and soon found ourselves on a guided tour. We also toured a wooden church built in 1834 on a gorgeous bluff overlooking the May River. Along Calhoun Street, there are perhaps 15 antique shops and art galleries, interspersed with cafes and a Farmer's Market. We wandered happily into the mid-afternoon, then headed for our dinghy and a return to Aria.
My favorite day!
NOTE: In this picture, taken from the church's grounds on the bluff, you can see Aria anchored in the background.