12 Dec A Place to Experience Skoolie Life
A Place to Experience Skoolie Life
Since I was a child, I spent my summer vacations in the Lowcountry of SC. Every time my Dad drove over the causeway, I would roll down the window and smell the air. Have you ever smelled pluff mud mixed with salty sea air? Oh, that is the smell of my home. I didn’t know it then, but years later it would become home to Skoolie Beach, a place to experience Skoolie life.
Why The Lowcountry of South Carolina?
As a child, when I traveled down the winding road lined with mossy covered Oaks, my heart raced. I couldn’t wait to get out of the car, put my toes in the sand, and fling open the door to my Grandparents’ house. Sweet tea and banana pudding were waiting for our arrival. The days were spent lying in the sun, playing in the ocean, and enjoying life outdoors. As I got older, I learned the history of Charleston, SC and of my ancestors. Visiting plantation homes, the battleship USS Yorktown, crabbing, and savoring the foods of the area are memories that I treasure.
So, when Jeff and I talked about moving from Tennessee, it was only natural that I wanted to move to the Lowcountry. We were looking for a small spot of land to park our bus and someday build a tiny house. When searching the internet, the property that Skoolie Beach is on appeared before our eyes. (Totally a post for another day.) Within a few days, Jeff made a trip to Edisto Island to check out the land.
The Dream Begins
After seeing the property, a dream to make it into a place to experience Skoolie life for owners and people who were in the dreaming phase was born. The vision is to give people the experiences that I had as a child. One where they can find treasures in the sand, or pull a crab out of the water with a piece of chicken on the end of a string. One where when their head falls on the pillow, they think, “I want to remember this Skoolie day forever.”
We Welcome Skoolies
Today, Skoolie Beach has 2 – 30 amp sites for Skoolie owners to park their bus and one place to experience Skoolie life in a bus that Skoolie Homes converted. There are also 2 off-grid sites and places to set up a tent if the kiddos want to ‘rough-it” outside the Skoolie. Pets are welcome with responsible owners.
There is a bathhouse with a full bathroom and laundry. Because most of us work remotely or at least enjoy some computer time, free Wifi is available. Behind Skoolie Beach is another 3 acres where you can explore, hike, and find a secluded spot to get lost for a day. In the middle of the summer, remember to bring along water and mosquito repellant. It is the Lowcountry after all, so watch out for the marsh and pluff mud!
Edisto Island, SC
The Atlantic Ocean is only 1 minute and 57 seconds from our drive to your toes in the water. Pack a picnic lunch, slather on some sunscreen, and grab some towels for a day at the beach. Within minutes from Skoolie Beach, you will find seafood restaurants, a great burger joint, and delicious pizza. Of course, it wouldn’t be a beach vacation without souvenirs. You will find these quaint little shops to hold some special treats.
After a day exploring the beach or Edisto Island, come back to Skoolie Beach for a campfire right outside your door.
If you have the time for a day trip off the island, Charleston is located only 45 minutes away. The Morris Island Lighthouse on Folly Beach is less than an hour away and Savannah, Ga is about 1.5 hours from Skoolie Beach. There’s shopping, coffee shops, and fun activities for the kids if it is raining and you want to find adventure away from your Skoolie.
It’s Island Life
One important thing to remember before visiting Skoolie Beach is, this is island life. The water is rich in iron and has a salty taste. The locals drink it but most people bring their own water.