Old Town Kayak Tours – Bluffton, South Carolina
Old Town Kayak Tours was my choice for a unique 70th Birthday present for my Dad and will recommend the tour to everyone that I know.
We enjoyed an amazing afternoon on the May River learning from historian and guide Jeff Fulgham who explored Native American, Colonial and Civil War history during a gentle paddle from Bluffton Oyster Factory Park.
Jeff talked more than he paddled during our gentle cruise south past Palmetto Bluff, discussing the history of Native American tribal culture in the Low Country.
Schools of baitfish jumped from the water in front of our kayak’s. A bottlenose dolphin surfaced, trolling the estuary and beginning to feed.
Jeff shared a story of English occupation of Hilton Head Island and the role that pre-Civil War conditions affected the role of Bluffton during the Civil War.
We turned north on the May River and were paddling past the old Hunting Island Plantation when a shark thrashed in the water in front of Dad.
I learned some back history about his first book “The Bluffton Expedition: The Burning of Bluffton, South Carolina, During the Civil War.”
Jeff has a second book in progress that provides an in-depth look at the British and Spanish occupations from Charlestown to St. Augustine along his treasured coast.
He was raised in historic Bluffton and had paddled his personal kayak along the route we took on our tour hundreds of times before ever thinking it could be a viable business last year.