The day after we arrived at Blackbeard Island we had finally recovered from our overnight and decided to venture inland to picnic on a white sand beach. The island has no cell phone service and we had no map. We walked for 4 hours before finding the beach... The island is gorgeous. Enormous trees covered with spanish moss with palm tree undergrowth. We startled several deer just as badly as they startled us as we walked. There are apparently even wild boar on the island. The walking paths are well cleared but full of burrs. Our flip flops were not appropriate as we later were told there are Rattlesnakes and Water Moccasins on the island. As we walked we noticed there were little to no human footprints in the sand. Just as we were about to give up our search after Dan took us down a path that wasn't a path we met two hikers/hunters who happily showed us a map. We had been circling the island. We were within 1/2 mile of the beach several times on our journey. By the time we got to the beach we were dehydrated, starving, and our feet were bleeding.
I think we found Jurassic Park
Boar trap set up by park rangers.
Mile after mile of beautiful canopy.
We found the beach! My orange shower sandals have never been worn as walking shoes. By this point my poor blistered feet are happy to have found respite from the burrs and sandals alike.
Perfect sand beaches and forests of driftwood brought us back to our dinghy. I complain and I joke, but getting lost is the best way to discover a new location. The island is 5,618 acres total and we were able to see just a bit of it.