29.06.2010 - 29.06.1010 35 °C
The medicine I’ve been given to treat my foot has drowsiness as a side-effect, the side-effect was in full force when I got up for breakfast this morning and hopefully it won’t be so difficult now that I’ve had my first night of it. At breakfast I met some people from Germany, Sweden and the UK. I was invited to join them at a beach near the Mount Pleasant holiday resort and having endured temperatures in the middle 30s in big cities since New York I jumped at a chance to get out of town to just do nothing but go in the sea and lie on a beach. The water looked dark, cold and uninviting. The sky was cloudy. You might have thought that we chose a poor day to venture outside, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Even with the sky cloudy the beach was very hot and sun strong, deceptively so when we all went back far redder on our shoulders than we expected. So what about the sea? It was like falling back into a warm bath. I hadn’t ever thought it possible that the Atlantic Ocean could be so warm. I soon forgot about all this, however. After about four minutes being in the water one man not far away shouted at his children that he had seen dolphins in the water and pointed in my general direction. I couldn’t see them so asked him where exactly. I thought they would be perhaps 50-100m in front of us. Well he told me to look down. There, no more than four metres from me, were two dolphins splashing about in the water. It was a pretty incredible moment.
I ended up staying at that beach for most of the day and when thoroughly exhausted from doing nothing we drove back to the hostel. That evening a few of us walked down to Charleston’s South Battery. On the way we passed many of the luxurious homes that have made this place so popular, it is quintessentially colonial. As the sun was setting over the Cooper River I could understand why we endured the heat and humidity and colonised South Carolina.