According to this website, “Angel Oak” is approximately 1,500 years old and reportedly the oldest living thing east of the Mississippi River. Holy old tree, Batman! It is located on John’s Island, about 30 minutes from our home/Daniel Island/Mt. Pleasant.
Although incredibly impressive to look at, this poor tree has seen better days. It is held up and together by many cables and wooden posts. That poor trunk and gigantic branches have survived lotsa hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and disturbance by stupid [ignorant] people. Angel Oak was hit the hardest in 1989, when Hurricane Hugo reared his ugly head in Charleston. Hence, his necessary man-made stilts.
3 Visiting Recommendations:
1. Don’t head to John’s Island just to see this sight! There is nothing not much to see on Angel Oak’s campus. There’s a little shop (that we did not feel inclined to browse), a metal fence, a porta potty or 2, and some picnic tables. Not.very.impressive. Afterwards, go to Folly Beach (like we did on our anniversary this year), Kiawah Island (like we did!), or Wadmalaw Island (we MUST get there soon!).
2. Put on bug spray prior to exiting your car. We put some on while under the tree. Too late, my friends. Wayyyy too late! I believe I counted 14 fresh mosquito bites in 10 minutes (in addition to the 4 I acquired from Jaws at the aquarium). I itched it up for days!
3. One visit is probably enough, so take lots of pictures. At least I think once is enough for me. Unless we’re hosting visitors that wanna check him out!
Happy Saturday, friends!
p.s. Anyone else have a lazy Saturday where their big comfy recliner was their bff? No? Nope, me neither.
p.s.s. Scott and my Dad brewed up some beer this morning. Check out the hubby’s beerventures on his website – Charleston Craft Beer!