Q Where are we?
A This is the 2nd fairway of the Osprey Point Golf Course, and that lagoon is Egret Pond—aptly named because the egrets fly in every night and fly out every morning. It’s wonderful.
Q How long have you been here?
A We’ve lived in this home thirteen years!
Q How did you find Kiawah?
A In July of 1985, we chartered a trawler with another couple out of Beaufort, South Carolina. We were cruising on the Intracoastal Waterway and came up to Bohicket Marina, where we docked for the night. We asked if there was a beach we could go to, and they said, “Oh sure, take our car and drive over to Beachwalker Park.” And that’s how we found Kiawah!
The following year John and I came down to this far end of the Island on a jeep tour. We went to Vanderhorst Plantation and then to the end of the beach, which is now The Ocean Course. I saw my first oystercatcher there. Live oaks! Pines! Maritime forest! We were hooked.
In August 1987 we bought our first home in Inlet Cove. Then we bought this land in 1994 and started building in 2000.
Q Where are you from?
A I was born and raised in Ewing Township, New Jersey. John was born and raised in Troy, New York. We moved here from Little Silver, New Jersey, which is on the coast.
It would take us thirteen hours to get to Kiawah. We’d get up on that first day of vacation at 5 am and drive straight through. We’d get here and it would be nirvana.
Q I hear you’re on the turtle patrol.
A Aha! Well we’ve had a banner year! Four hundred and one turtle nests. I think before this year our all-time high was 296. I started in 2002 as a turtle patrol volunteer, and I’ve stuck with it. We went out this morning, and the sunrise was gorgeous. The shrimp boats were on the horizon, the deer were in the dunes, and it was just picture perfect—you couldn’t ask for anything more beautiful.
I’m on the hatching patrol. When we identify a hatch, we wait for three days after the hatch and then dig down into the nest. If there are any baby turtles still in the nest that couldn’t get out, we put them in a bucket of sand and carry them ten to twelve feet from the water’s edge. Placing them on the sand and letting them swim into the ocean allows imprinting to occur. Every year it’s a miracle to see these little guys. They’re just so tiny! And then you see a mother, who weighs about three hundred pounds. It’s a nice experience.
I have also served on the Board of the Kiawah Conservancy for three years and on the Community Association’s Land and Lakes Committee. I love this Island!
Q Do you golf?
A John and I belong to the Governor’s Club and the Golf Club at Briar’s Creek. I play with the Ladies on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday and with John usually on Sunday. It’s a great pastime. We really don’t even care about each other’s abilities—it’s just about being outside, enjoying the beauty and each other. I was also the chairperson for the Volunteer Uniforms and Credentials Committee for both the Senior PGA and PGA Championships.
Q What’s the Kiawah community like?
A Unbelievable! We had no expectation that it would be the community we’ve discovered. When we moved here, we joined the Newcomers Club, and we met so many people through that. We play golf, go to the theater, and enjoy Charleston.
I also belong to a group called the Biker Babes. There are about fifteen ladies in our group. Every month we meet at a different home and then go for a bike ride. Afterward we enjoy dinner, prepared by the hostess, and wine. Always wine!
Q How often do you get into Charleston?
A Usually once a week. We generally go more in the summer because daylight lasts longer. For years we’ve had season tickets to the Dock Street Theater. We spend the night in town—go to dinner, go to the show, spend the night, get up and have breakfast, and then come back home. Charleston is very special to us.
Q What’s an experience you’ve had that’s unique to Kiawah?
A One night we were coming home and saw a male and a female bobcat, and they appeared to be doing a courting thing. They were right on the side of the road. For about ten or fifteen minutes, we sat there watching them yowling at each other and circling in the bright lights of our car. Then they went off into the woods to live happily ever after!