Skidaway State Park

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So sad.

We came here to Skidaway Island to bring the boys for a walk.

Hurricane Mathew came through and made a mess of things early last October. There is still a lot of clean up needed.
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Oreo pulling me down the trail

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Sadly, the boardwalk to the observation tower was damaged.

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Wow! Prickly pear! Very cool thing to see.

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I think these are clams.

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Trees really don’t have deep roots. With winds over 157 mph, I’m shocked more aren’t blown over.

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This is a salt marsh, a very unique area.

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© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

24 thoughts on “Skidaway State Park

    • Trees, in general, keep 80% of their roots within 18″ of the surface. High winds will topple a tree pretty quickly if its in an open area.
      I really wanted to go to the wildlife preserve, but they got so much damage, they’re closed. They did say no animals were hurt, just enclosures and paths. Whew!

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    • I did check with the animal preserve (that was closed due to damage) if they wanted us for a work day, however our timing with the holidays is bad and no one is working this week. I would have had some fun with a chainsaw! I don’t often get to clear big trees like this.
      I did give the RV park we’re at some free tree risk assessment notes. They were happy 😁

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    • It’s a common thought about roots. Then you see one of these toppled guys and you’re newly educated 😉
      These are even closer to the top than at home, as the area sometimes floods. The trees need oxygen in their roots too and don’t want to drown.
      The trails were trip hazards unless you learned how to march. Ha!

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    • Although there was a lot of damage, it seems they got most things repaired. Some of the parks still need repair, but the city looks nice.
      Right after I left Cozumel, Mexico, they got hit bad by a hurricane. I found many areas that were damaged & I had matching ‘before’ pix. Crazy!

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  1. Very cool pictures. Thanks for sharing. Wind and rain can do a number on the countryside for sure. Our poor old trees down here in the southern plains must have pretty deep roots. They rarely blow down unless we have a flat out tornado. Their biggest problems seem to be ice storms. This country looks like a bomb went off after a bad ice storm

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    • Thank you! 😆
      Many different factors can contribute to how a tree gets damaged. Some trees are more bendable and can handle wind (palms). Some grow fast, which makes them weaker branched, and break more (maples). And like you said, some have better root systems to hold them down (oaks), or some have a lack of and get blown down.

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