Well, we have officially experienced the hottest, driest summer on record. Last week was marvelous, with low humidity and temperatures. Now that summer is gone for the year and fall is on the way, let us hope to break no more weather records.
The yellow sulphur butterflies are winging their way around Bluffton, and I love it when they appear. When I catch a glimpse of one of those lovely creatures, I know one of my favorite times of year is almost here. I am hopeful that a nip will soon be in the air and an oyster roast won't be far behind.
The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge has reopened and is full of "birdy" sights. If you have never taken a trip through this wonderland, I suggest you do so. This is a great way to show your children nature at its best. Load up the car with some binoculars, Audubon bird books and a patient state of mind and head out for a few hours of free fun. If you go the back way to the Savannah airport, you pass right through the refuge. When the foliage begins turning, you will notice the absolutely gorgeous tallow tree's beautiful yellow and orange leaves, which take my breath away. These trees grow all over the Lowcountry and love marshy wet areas that abound here.
Actually, the fair is great fun, and the home canning and cooking section, livestock display and "wild" animals exhibit are worth the trip to Columbia. I would not go at night, but a day trip to the capital of our lovely state would be a swell treat for young and old. One year we almost got a chance to ride a genuine camel, but he sat down and wouldn't get up. He looked at us as though he was going to spit, so we thought better and left. I often wish we had waited awhile so I could then say I walked several feet on a camel and survived.