We left from the Isle of Palms Marina and arrived at Bull's Island about a half hour later. On the ride there we sipped on some of Hamilton's delicious hot chocolate (peanut butter and chocolate...yum) since it was still kind of chilly. By the time we got to the island it had warmed up significantly and was probably 75 degrees.
In order to get to the beach we had to take a 1.5 mile long path that was surrounded by water on both sides, which also meant we were surrounded by huge alligators. I don't consider myself to be afraid of many things but I was absolutely terrified of being so close to them. Luckily Hamilton was skilled in the art of chasing them away so we never had any super close encounters (well maybe one but I'll get into that later...)
We arrived at the beach about a half hour later, and it was totally worth the near death experience (ok I'm being dramatic but the alligators were really scary). The beach looked like something out of a Salvador Dali painting; it was like a cross between a desert, a beach, and a mirage. We spent hours roaming the island looking for Sand Dollars and Conch shells. When we finally crashed we found a spot near a stream, ate our lunches, and napped for about two hours.
We started our trek back around 4:30 and heres where it got interesting. As we approached the path back to the boat, there was the biggest alligator we had seen all day (probably around 10 or 11 feet) blocking the path. Hamilton assured us that once we got closer he would get scared and run off. But this thing would not budge, and he was just staring at us moving his tail back and forth. I was sure this thing was going to lunge at us. but after 10 minutes of Hamilton coaxing it back in the water, it finally cleared the path.
Our day ended with a sunset boat ride back to Isle of Palms that made us all realize how lucky we are to live in such an incredible place where a hidden gem like Bull's Island is only a stones throw away from a city.
Happy Spring Break!