We took a walk at Vereen Gardens one fine spring Sunday where a mile-long boardwalk extends over many acres of salt marsh and along the Intercoastal Waterway. It is near Little River and the North Carolina- South Carolina border.
The park was the site of the pre-Revolutionary War plantation of the Vereen family but nothing is left of that except the old graveyard.
When the boardwalk ends, the trail meanders off into the woods and leads to a surprise.
Apparently it is a tradition for visitors to pick up an oyster shell from the beach, make a wish, and hang the shell in a tree. There is a large area of woods where shells are dangling from the trees on both sides of the trail.
We had no knowledge of the tradition and nothing to hang a shell with but we enjoyed seeing others’ efforts.
I think if I had a pen and string to hang a shell, the wish I would have made is that Covid would soon be conquered everywhere so that the whole world could return to moving freely wherever we want to go!
In the distance behind me you can see the boardwalk.