Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sundial Charters & Sliver Island



As long as I live, I will never forget our trip out to Sliver Island.

It's not really called "Sliver Island"...but that's what I call it.

It's actually called Little Tybee, but because the part we explored was only about twenty five steps wide, I decided to call it Sliver Island instead.

Obviously, because it's an island, you can only reach it by boat.

And while the very thought of being able to go somewhere that was uninhabited, unattached, unplugged, and unbelievably beautiful instantly intrigued me, it also sort of scared me.

For starters, I'm kind of a worry-wart.
(Okay, I'm a full-blown worry-wart, but don't tell anyone.)

And I'm not the best swimmer either.
(When I was a child, the swim instructors at the YMCA actually handed me back to my parents and said, "Sorry. She doesn't float.")
So traveling anywhere by boat is guaranteed to raise the ol' anxiety level a couple of notches.

That being said, I knew I'd regret not going if I chickened out, so I put on my game face (or maybe I should say my "game brain"?) and hopped in Captain Rene's boat like it wasn't nothin' but a G thang.

And even though my anxiety level was initially slightly higher than normal when we pushed away from Fisherman's Walk, the trip turned out to be quite an amazing, and non-scary experience after all.


On the way out to Sliver Island, we saw TONS of dolphins. Some even came right up and under the boat! It was amazing. We saw Osprey, and their huge nest. We saw sunlight dancing on top of the waves, and lush green grasses wiggling in the wind the whole way there.

(Me and Mom, pointing at dolphins)

It was an fascinating ride, and I really did enjoy it.


Once we got out to the island, we jumped out of the boat and started scavenging for souvenirs among the sea grass and weathered bits of wood.

I immediately found the biggest sand dollar I had ever seen outside of a shell shop.
I felt like the luckiest girl in the world!

And as for the island itself, well, I will never forget standing out there on that little sliver of sand, below a sky full of swirly, silver-lined clouds- all drifting and shifting wherever the wind decided they should go. The Sea crashing on one side of me, and miles of winding salt marsh on the other.


Simply. Spectacular.

A giant tree had washed ashore, and for some reason I could not take my eyes off it.


It was truly a bizarre and beautiful sight.

Seeing it there reminded me of how unique and small we all really are.

I must have spent twenty minutes studying its gnarled roots and daydreaming about its history.


Where did it come from?
How did it end up in the Sea?
Did it float here, or did it travel along the Sea floor all this way?

I wondered if it would be there the next time I visited Sliver Island.

I wondered if I'd ever have the chance to visit Sliver Island again. (?)

I sure hope so.

It's definitely the kind of place that fills you up, and makes you think.


And any place that makes it impossible for one to stop smiling is definitely worth a temporary spell of heightened anxiety, don't ya think?




Wanna see the video we shot that day?
(Make sure you hit the "expand" button in the lower right hand corner of the player, if you want a closer view of the dolphins!)

Wanna visit Sliver Island?
Visit Captain Rene at SundialCharters.net!


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emily said...

I was just thinking I wish I lived in the south right now. And then you threw in the whole 'seeing dolphins' thing. Now I really want to. Thanks for sharing.

Lindsay-ann said...

Thank you so much. Watching this was a wonderful way to start the day. I enjoyed your video so much. I felt like I was right there with you. The dolphins, birds, waves and that beautiful shoreline have convinced me that I want to go there myself one day. You have a really beautiful country. Thanks for sharing it through your blog.

Susan said...

~oh, that just sounds wonderful~ ::Thanx for sharing:: xoxo

Erin Wallace said...

This sounds like a lovely and magical place. I enjoyed living vicariously through you!

xo Erin

CalleLillyCafe said...

Okay, I missed back home before & thx to your video, it brought it all back. Tears & all. It was amazing.

sassytrash said...

Your wonderful photos and video really got my mermaid tail twitching and reminded me how much I need to get back to the sea! Just beautiful!!

Willow Decor said...

Wonderful and beautiful!! Thanks for taking us along!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the video it looked like heaven on earth. I didn't know what a sand dollar was (I'm in Australia) so I'm glad it was on the video. Beautiful photography too. (Kathy, Australia)

Tessa said...

looks & sounds magical. wonderful pics of you!

RAE said...

That was absolutely the most beautiful and amazing thing I have ever seen. I absolutely positively loved every minute of it. Like you, I thought the tree was beautiful and loved the knarled roots. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...


e.e. cummings put it best:

“for whatever we lose (like a you or a me) / it’s always ourselves we find in the sea”

Thank you for sharing this magical place. Last night I posted about mine:

Sent you email.

Your Friend,

Mrs. M said...

Spectacular. I feel better just watching it on the screen. I can imagine the cleansing peace it brought in person.

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

I really enjoyed your story and video. So relaxing! I love dolphins! That tree is stunning. What a wonderful thing to stumble upon. Looks like a wonderful experience and thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Ahhhh Sweet!

Simply LKJ said...

Breathtaking and magical!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Beautiful! I have a place nearby with gnarly trees like that I love them too. Just amazes me. I have not seen a horseshoe crab in a long time. They're pretty neat. Lucky you finding the sand dollar! Thanks for sharing. And I love that EE Cummings quote that Deborah put up.

Nicole said...

Layla, your photos are always so amazingly beautiful. What camera are you using to shoot them? Thanks.


robyn said...

Beautiful pictures - and just wanted to add that I was also kicked out of YMCA swimming lessons as a child so you're not alone! They told my mom I was scaring the other children. :)

Unknown said...

oh how I wish I could have done this. The day we were going to visit Tybee island , there was a wreck. Which I'm sure you know what that means. Traffic was stopped and there was no getting into the island for HOURS. We ended up going to Hilton Head instead. We had a great time. I wish I could have tried out all the things you recommended to me! Maybe we'll just have to visit another time! (Georgia is only 9 hours from us, who knew?!)

sherwhy said...

Wonderful video and photography!! How neat to find that huge in-one-piece sand dollar. Did you keep the horseshoe crab? Amazing creatures. BTW, who is the song by? Thanks for sharing your adventure.

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

Gorgeous. That is a place I would love to visit - it has it all sand, sea, driftwood, dolphins...

liz @ bon temps beignet said...

Anticrepuscular rays... I think my dad tought me that word when I was about 5 years old. Now, everytime I see it,(like in your first picture) I have to say it out loud. So since no one is here and I don't wanna be a weirdo and say it outloud to myself and the dogs, I'll just have to type it. It's a good word. Almost as good as your sliver island!

Bonita Rose said...

Layla.. thks so much for posting this... love it.. my family and I will be on Tybee Aug 25 for a week, and we booked the same boat tour with Rene At Sundial for the 27th at 9a.. we can't wait... dolphins and a visit to Little Tybee, we can't wait! Thks for sharing this... it's 35 days and counting till we are gonna be on Tybee for a week.. we can't wait!

I can't wait to do this and take pics just as you have.. hugs xo
bonnierose in fargo

Laura said...

You have GOT to frame the picture you showed in minute 2:25 of the video. Amazing!! You could sell that!

that.could said...

Layla, Although I agree that your pictures are gorgeous, and your descriptions amazing, the greatest feeling that I drew from this post is that you must have a beautiful soul, that you are as beautiful inside as out! Thanks for all you share!

Lynne Daley said...

A lovely boat trip to Little Tybee. We live on Skidaway Island and boat to Wassaw and Ossabaw Islands. A great place to visit and live. Love your decorating abilities!

Ashley said...

The pictures from "Sliver Island" made me a little misty eyed. I often feel impossibly small next to the coast when I start thinking about the world and it capabilities. It's amazing what the coast can do for you. We also saw dolphins on our honeymoon to Florida this past winter. They are beautiful and amazing creatures! They alone are worth a trip to the coast.

Layla, I'm glad you dealt with your fear long enough to visit the island. Sometimes the best things come out of pushing yourself a little. :)

vintage tickled pink said...

i'm not hitting on you but my favorite is the picture of you with the water infront of you. beautiful. make it black and white and frame it. it looks great. diane vintage-tickled-pink

Pony Girl said...

OMG, I loved this post! Cracked up at the "she doesn't float" comment...I too am NOT a good swimmer. Never figured out how to tread water. Four years ago I dated a guy with a boat and we'd go out tubing and wake-boarding with his 7 yr. old daughter and I'd be in the lake with a life jacket on and she wouldn't, LOL!
What a peaceful beautiful place, the video footage of the osprey at it's nest was amazing!! And I think Kevin's photography just keeps getting better and better!! Thanks for sharing the music credit at the end, I LOVED that song!
Have a great week!!!!!

DonnaK said...

This may be my most favorite thing on your blog. It was touching and beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

-Donna K.

My Cottage Charm said...

hey sweet thang! :)
I was so glad to read that I'm not the only one who doesn't float so great! I had some anxiety of my own going out in the boat to go over to see Fort Sumpter. I took note of where the life preservers were as soon as I got on board. :-)
We got to see dolphins when we were on vacation too...they were right beyond the breaking of the waves of our beach...so soothing to watch...such beautiful creatures!
I LOVED that big ol' tree you saw on your visit to sliver island...what a beauty! I bet that was an amazing and peaceful day. I wish I had been there! :)
Have a great day my friend!
Melissa (or you can call me Missy..that's what my "real life" friends call me. :)

Kim-A Creative Spirit said...

What a wonderful way to join you on your trip out to Sliver Island. The video of the bird hovering over the nest was a wonderful view of nature at its best. Thanks for sharing

Unknown said...

I was sent back to my parents when taking swim lessons at YMCA for the exact same reason! To this day I still cannot float...no matter how hard anyone tries to disprove this. Glad you understand! :)

Casey said...

Thank you for your beautiful post today Layla! LOVED IT!!! The beach just sends me to my beautiful land of bliss!! And how I love it!! :)


geri said...

Well Layla another thing to add to my list of when I visit Tybee,& when I stay at Screened Inn.
Loved the video trip to Mini Tybee.
I also loved the story of the YMCA.
Maybe it is the Y. I went when I was 13 with my 2 girlfriends.
I was so worried about blowing bubbles, and holding my breath and putting my head under water with these very cute 18 year old instructors that I sadly never learned to swim. However I did do a mean float since that wouldn't run the mascara. hehe
Love your stories. geri.

Unknown said...

It is always amazing to visit a place where just for a moment...you feel your the only one who is experiencing what our great earth has to offer...total bliss... Thank you for bringing back my moment with your video ~JoAnn

Nicole said...

Incredible place captured with great photos and awesome video. Gave me goosebumps!!! :) I have been a follower of you for about 6 months and enjoy all of your posts, but especially the ones about Tybee. We were trying to decide where to go on a family vacation and looking back on your first trip to Tybee made me want to visit there so badly. We will be going there at the end of August and cannot wait! We have just added this little place on to our "must see/must do" list! Thank you so much!!

Modern Cottage Living said...

WOWZA's do you look like your mom!! Beautiful family and beautiful posting about Tybee and Sliver Island. Thanks for sharing!

~The girl who at 34 years old still holds her nose to go under water~anne

Unknown said...

Beautiful, and inspiring too.

Sweet girls who don't float too well should ALWAYS wear lifejackets in the boat ;)

Anonymous said...

You have a really magical way with words, and this post really made Little Tybee aka "Silver Island"... I just felt in amazement myself, like I were you.

Thanks for sharing, and giving me something to dream. <3

Teresa said...

Layla and Kevin,
I just enjoy your blog and all the sharing that you do. I have a smile on my face or a deeper grin once I have spent a few minutes or more with your words, thoughts, photos and videos. Thank you for sharing your talents for all to enjoy. All my best to you and yours, Teresa

shelia said...

I just saw the video from the island trip, it was beautiful. Since you and Kevin are such arty,soulful spirits you should check out some of Walter Anderson's art and his story, your trip made me think of him,he was a native Mississippian..(whew)(as am I). He spent his life off the coast of Ocean Springs, MS and painted all the beautiful things he saw on the coast and islands.
Keep up the good work!