10/2106: Boat Delivery-Trip down Intracoastal Waterway to Florida: Day 1

2016 was a year of perseverance for Waccamaw River Tours.  Our large pontoon boat was shipped to Tavarres, Florida for refurbishment and was not ready for the 2016 season.  So we leased another passenger pontoon boat from Florida for the season.  We, also were hit by Hurricane Matthew in October.  Downed trees and massive flooding from the hurricane, shut us down for the rest of 2016 season.  We have been cleaning up.  It is amazing how much firewood one tree can create.  Our boats, floating dock and buildings came through just fine but our permanent dock leading out to the floating dock/boats was under water from the flooding.

This lead to us shutting down early for the season and returning the leased pontoon boat Loxahatchee Queen II to her home in Tavarres, Florida in October.  We decided to take the boat by river rather than be trucked which made for an adventure along the Intracoastal Waterway heading south.  The weather was going to be real nice without any rain for a week or more & temperatures in the 70's.  So off we head on the water from our docks at Waccamaw River Tours to Palakta, Florida where the boat will be trailed out by Trident Pontoons, Inc. We brought our tent, air mattress and Rick's dog "River".  Since you guys love adventure & seeing nature & life on the river,  I took my camera with me to photograph the trip.  So come along as I blog about the boat trip and become part of our journey down the Intracoastal Waterway from Myrtle Beach, SC to Palakta, Florida.

We set out on our boat trip in on Oct 27, 2016 (Thursday) from our docks at Waccamaw River Tours.  To give you perspective,  the Loxahatchee Queen II is a 38ft open pontoon with an aweing and a port-a-potty bathroom.  It was more like a camping experience but camping on a pontoon boat.  We slept in a small tent with an air mattress, ate out of a cooler that had to be iced daily and cooked on a small propane grill.  Each evening, we would dock at a marina since navigating the ICW at night is not an easy task.  River dog enjoyed these defueling stops and excursions to find the perfect blade of grass in which to make her nature calling deposits.  Capt. Rick learned quickly that he needed more doggy bags. 

Day 1:  Myrtle Beach, SC to Charleston, SC:  It was a beautiful day.  Morning temp in low 50's that warmed up to upper 70's by mid-day.  Several other boats traveling the ICW south so we felt we were in good company as boaters are a friendly sort and willing to help each other.  We could see damage from Hurricane Matthew especially of docks and trees down.  Occasionally, some of the homes had some damage but most of it was fixable (shingles).  We all we lucky, it could have been worse. The flood waters had receded so you could not see that damage from the river.  The view of the world from the river is beautiful.  Water can be calming and peaceful.  It is mostly Natural Wildlife Refuge from Waccamaw River Tours to Georgetown.  Georgetown was stinky from the paper mill.  Smoke billing from its stacks.  Such a beautiful river sight polluted by industry.  We stopped in Georgetown, SC to fuel up then back on the ICW.  We made it to Charleston, SC to the Harborage Ashley Marina for the night.  We had travelled about 90miles.  It was noisy under the bridge at the marina.  I was thankful that I brought some earplugs.  The bathing facilities were nice and clean here.  Loved seeing Charleston from the river.  Beautiful city rich in history!

Capt. Rick Lanigan and River.  She is his best mate.  Leaving Waccamaw River Tours heading south on ICW towards Florida.  Oct 27, 2016

Capt. Rick Lanigan and River.  She is his best mate.  Leaving Waccamaw River Tours heading south on ICW towards Florida.  Oct 27, 2016

Charleston, SC.  Battery with the bridge and cruise ship in background.  Day 1 Oct 27, 2016Photo by Kim Carlson

Charleston, SC.  Battery with the bridge and cruise ship in background.  Day 1 Oct 27, 2016Photo by Kim Carlson

Charleston, SC:  Sunrise at Harborage Ashley River.  Day 2 begins Oct 28, 2016

Charleston, SC:  Sunrise at Harborage Ashley River.  Day 2 begins Oct 28, 2016

  

 

March 2015: We are OPEN for the Season!

We opened for the 2015 season on March 3rd!  Our 2015 season is from March-Novemeber. We are looking forward to our second season in business.  The warmer weather has been calling not only us back to the river but also the wildlife.  The osprey are returning to their nest all along the river and a few new ones have come as well.  It is wonderful to see them arrive and know this river system is healthy to support their diet of fish, mice and snakes.  You will have to check out some of my  recent pictures on facebook. I have one picture of an Osprey with a large catfish he caught.  I call it "Osprey: Catfish Suchi" .  Our facebook page is Waccamaw River Tours.  Join our facebook and get to see some of my river photography.

What's New in 2015:  We have added in an Osprey Photography Boat Tour that will run from March-June on certain days.  It is for novice or professional photographers or want-a-be photographers wanting to take active photos of osprey and their young in their natural nesting habitat.  It is a fun adventure and challenging trial to try to shoot that perfect shot of osprey.  By boat, we will be getting up close to osprey nest and we will move from nest to nest to help you get that "Osprey Shot".  All levels of photographers are encouraged to come for the photo adventure.  It will be an 1.5hours of osprey photographing. This boat tour will be limited to 15 people to allow everyone to freely move about on the boat.  No tripods will be allowed but a single stick pod is fine.  A minimum of 8 people need to be signed up in order for the trip to run. So sign up you and your friends.  Cost will be $19.50/person.  No discounts accepted with this specialty tour.  I know you want to do this, so go ahead:   Book online at www.waccamawrivertours.com or call 1(888)315-9439.

The great egrets are also returning to the river and the alligators are out sunning themselves.  Spring fever is happening on the river!  I think we all are enjoying this nice, warm weather after such a cold winter.  Hope to see you soon. 

Regards from the River,

Kim                                                                                                                      

Great Egret with some of his mating plumage. Photo by Kim Carlson

Great Egret with some of his mating plumage. Photo by Kim Carlson

3 ft alligator sitting on top of the reeds enjoying the sun during Spring Break.  Photo by Kim Carlson.

3 ft alligator sitting on top of the reeds enjoying the sun during Spring Break.  Photo by Kim Carlson.





February 2015: Cold & Rain is slowing us down!

February has been a cold and rainy month for us this year.  We are all looking forward to spring and the warm days it will bring.  We really shouldn't complain, since our neighbors up north are being buried in snow and cold. Our plans are to re-open on March 3rd, 2015.  We have experience some delays in doing our annual maintenance on the boats due to the cold weather.  We hauled the boat out (shipyard) in mid February and we ended up with sleet and freezing weather for the last 2 weeks.  The water pipes froze and broke at the shipyard.  We are back on track and praying that warmer days come and stay. 

The good thing about all this cold:  the spring flowers should be beautiful this year.  Those of you who have battled an extremely cold winter deserve a wonderful vacation.  So come on down and visit us along the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach, SC.  Until then, here are some bird pictures to enjoy.  I really enjoy capturing wildlife on film and sharing it with others. 

Regards from the River,

Kim Carlson

The blue birds have been feasting on sunflower seeds at the feeder.  Photo by Kim Carlson

Male Red-BEllied Woodpecker at Waccamaw river tours.  he as been active finding larva and seeds in the trees. Photo by Kim Carlson

Male Red-BEllied Woodpecker at Waccamaw river tours.  he as been active finding larva and seeds in the trees. Photo by Kim Carlson

Robins have been coming in by flocks of 50 or more.  They have been feasting on Holly berries.  Photo by Kim Carlson.

Robins have been coming in by flocks of 50 or more.  They have been feasting on Holly berries.  Photo by Kim Carlson.

male Cardinal warming up in the sun at Waccamaw River Tours.  Photo by kim carlson

male Cardinal warming up in the sun at Waccamaw River Tours.  Photo by kim carlson

December 2014: Closed for the Winter Season

After celebrating Thanksgiving with our family,  we return to Waccamaw River Tours with full bellies and a few extra pounds.  We are in the process of getting the place ready to close for the winter season.  We will reopen on March 3rd, 2015.  You can call us to schedule 2015 group tours  (843)668-4250 or you can book future tours on our website:  waccamawrivertours.com or call Zerve 1(888)315-9439                                                               (Note: We consider a group to be 15 or more people)

 

We are thankful that this business did well for its first season and look forward to many more.  It would not be possible if not for our customers, friends, fellow business owners and vendors.  You all helped us to be known this year.  Thank you for sharing your experiences here at Waccamaw River Tours with others.  We look forward to seeing you again in 2015.  Until then,  may you be blessed and loved beyond all understanding.  Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Love from the River,

Kim Carlson & Rick Lanigan

October & November 2014

October 2014 was a busy month of groups, fundraisers, charity and Ghost Stories.   Events we did:

Wine Tasting on the River on Oct 3, 2014 was to raise funds for the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPERS program.  Jonathon from Duplin Winery was entertaining as he taught us about wines.  We tasted several wines. The wine and the beauty of the river was awesome.  Several of you have asked me about having more Wine Tasting boat tours and our answer is "Yes".  We will have wine tasting boat tours in the spring and summer months for 2015. 

Oct 8th, 2014 Coastal Network Cooperative (CNC).  We hosted CNC Fam.  Members visited Waccamaw River Tours to learn about our business and be treated to a Nature & Wildlife River boat tour.  It was a beautiful day on the river.  Thank you, CNC!

Oct 12th, 2014  We hosted Scents for Soldiers Fall on the Water event.  Wounded soldiers and their family attended a cook-out (Food by Danny's BBQ) and boat tours & fishing tours at no cost to them.  Scents for Soldiers helps provides for soldier needs that are not covered.  This group of individuals and their families from bases in NC and SC enjoyed themselves.  We were blessed to have them here!

Scents for Soldiers:  Enjoyed a Nature & Wildlife River boat tour at Waccamaw River Tours and a cook-out and fun on the property.  Oct 12, 2014

Scents for Soldiers:  Enjoyed a Nature & Wildlife River boat tour at Waccamaw River Tours and a cook-out and fun on the property.  Oct 12, 2014

Oct 25-31, 2014 Ghost Stories on the River.   We told Ghost Stories out on the boat at night along the river.   It was our first attempt at creating such an event.  We had fun making props and learning local ghost legends/stories.  One of the best things was sitting around the campfire making smores and socializing.  The hard part for us was to securing our ghost props along the river.   Some of those ghost decided to leave. 

October is  a beautiful time of the year here at Waccamaw River Tours.  The hot summer heat has left and the mild temperatures are just right to be on the river.  The sunsets are beautiful this time of year!  We had several group tours in October.  School groups, Church groups and local groups came for boat tours. Also the locals like to come out an play along the Grand Strand in the fall.  We thank you all who booked a boat tour and look forward to seeing you again.

River Oaks Elementary 3rd graders are ready for a Nature & Wildlife River boat tour.   They learned about rivers & swamps, wildlife along the river,  rice plantations, Indians, European Colonist, and more in a fun environment.  Oct, 2014

River Oaks Elementary 3rd graders are ready for a Nature & Wildlife River boat tour.   They learned about rivers & swamps, wildlife along the river,  rice plantations, Indians, European Colonist, and more in a fun environment.  Oct, 2014


September calls and the season begins to change.

It's hard to believe that we have finished our 1st spring/summer season. We are thankful that this first season has gone well and appreciate all the wonderful customer reviews we have received on Trip Advisor Myrtle Beach, Zerve and our website.  You cannot help but fall in love with this beautiful river and laugh at Capt Rick's kidding and jokes.  Yes, he is a spoofer!  I hope you learned more about the river, area history and wildlife.  It is amazing what surrounds us, if we only look and listen. 

We are now shifting to our fall hours.  We will be going to one trip a day at 3:00pm Tues-Sat starting on Tues. Sept 9th, 2014.   We still will take groups of 15 or more people on different time tours.  Groups & School Groups will still need to call us direct to schedule those tours (843)668-4250.  So gather your group and come to the river.  It is wonderful to see the changing of the season along the river.  Birds are migrating and the trees will start changing colors not to mention the temperature will change from hot to mild.  I am ready to start wearing jeans and putting on sweaters.  Just to let you know,  we have seen the local osprey already migrate out around the second week of August.  So you better be ready for winter, it might be coming early!   Big Thanks to all our customers!!!!

We have some SPECIAL  TOURS coming in October! 

Oct. 3rd, 2013 5:00pm-6:30pm  WINE TASTING ON THE RIVER                                          Fundraiser for Waccamaw  Riverkeepers:  Keeping our river drinkable, swimmable & fishable.  Have a fun evening tasting and learning about different wines from Duplin Winery while cruising the river with Waccamaw River Tours!  Its a winning combination for a lovely evening!

  Cost:  $45.00/person  (Yes, it is a fundraiser!  Come & Help Us)                                                      Reservation Required:  Call (843)668-4250                       

Dress for the weather.  You may bring a blanket. The river is cooler than on land.

 

Oct 25-31st, 2014  7:00pm nightly (Saturday-Friday)  GHOST STORIES ON THE RIVER              Narrated Ghost stories as you ride down the river into the darkness of the swamp hopeful that you will not hear, see or feel anything scary!                Cost: $20.00/person                                  (Not recommended for children <13years old---no children prices)                                              TICKETS: Purchase tickets at Waccamaw River tours Gift Shop.  1st Come, 1st Serve!          Gates open at 6:00pm.  Hot chocolate, coffee, drinks and snacks available for purchase.  Make smores around the campfire!   Dress for the outdoor weather!  You may bring a blanket.

Come to the river and visit us at Waccamaw River Tours.

Until we meet again, take care!

Kim

Wine Tasting on the River with Duplin Winery Oct 3, 2014

Wine Tasting on the River with Duplin Winery Oct 3, 2014

Scents for Soldiers:  Fall on the River Day for wounded soldiers and family.  Hosted by Waccamaw River Tours on 10/12/14

Scents for Soldiers:  Fall on the River Day for wounded soldiers and family.  Hosted by Waccamaw River Tours on 10/12/14

                                                                                





                           




Summer Time News: Gift Shop & Group Tours

It has been a good summer for us on the river for our first year.  People are finding us here in our little place of river heaven.  We have had several of you come and bring family more than once.  We are always glad to see you and your friends/family. 

We have made adjustments and tweaked our practices as we continue to develop and improve Waccamaw River Tours.  We were able to open our gift shop and education center this first year which was not part of our original business plan but it has turned out to be a blessing.  I have had a great time making handmade signs, wreaths and walking sticks for the Gift Shop.  Of course, there are other items such as singing audobon birds, stuffed alligators, pirate & princess merchandise, swing ring games along with a few home decorating items.  It has taken shape nicely.

As you can tell on one visit to our Gift Shop,  I like inspiration signs.  We all need inspiration and pick-me ups to move us in the right direction.  So check out our wooden sign collection and if you have a saying that has meaning to you, share it with me. 

We thank our locals and tourists who found our hidden gem along the river.  We have enjoyed sharing with you the river and its wildlife.  We thank those of you who have shared your pictures on facebook, Zerve and this website.  Together, it was a fun summer. 

We are hoping for a great fall.  We are working on our group tour side of the business this fall.  So if you are a school group or a group of 15 or more people and want to book a tour, give us a call 843-668-4250.

School tours will consist of a 30-minute tour for the younger grades and a longer education boat tour for the upper grades.  Call us and we can discuss which tour will meet your educational and budget needs.

Until then, stay safe, count your blessings and love others along the way!

Regards from the River,

Kim

These young guest had fun playing pirates on the property before their boat tour.  Pirate hats, eye patches and flintlocks are available for purchase in the Gift Shop at  Waccamaw River Tours.

These young guest had fun playing pirates on the property before their boat tour.  Pirate hats, eye patches and flintlocks are available for purchase in the Gift Shop at  Waccamaw River Tours.

Grand Opening: Thank you for coming!

Rick and I want to thank everyone who came by and celebrated our Grand Opening!  We hope you enjoyed the fun and the boat rides.  Special thanks to my family (especially my sister & nephew) for coming to help make this a special day.  They were a big help!  The cake was delicious along with some lemonade/raspberry punch and all the other goodies at the food table.  Collette's Popcorn was great!  Ron Crane entertained us with music and vocals.  It is good to have our friend back and looking healthier each day.  I was so busy and excited that I forgot to take any pictures so I am depending on my fans to send me those pictures.

We are ready at Waccamaw River Tours to start our 1st season.  Let the fun begin!  Come and visit us for some time on the river.  You will be glad you came.

Waccamaw River Tours Grand Opening on May 24, 2014.  The cake was good along with the raspberry lemonade punch!

Waccamaw River Tours Grand Opening on May 24, 2014.  The cake was good along with the raspberry lemonade punch!

Special Grand Opening Boat prices were given to help celebrate.  It was fun being out on the river.

Special Grand Opening Boat prices were given to help celebrate.  It was fun being out on the river.

Jessie and Karen came to help us celebrate our Grand Opening..  Jessie loved the stuffed birds and other toys at the Gift Shop.  Yep, her mom ended up buying her an bird that makes the official sound of that bird. 

Jessie and Karen came to help us celebrate our Grand Opening..  Jessie loved the stuffed birds and other toys at the Gift Shop.  Yep, her mom ended up buying her an bird that makes the official sound of that bird. 

Grand Opening: May 24th, 2014 (Saturday)

You're invited to our Grand Opening Celebration! 

Date & Time:  May 24th, 2014 (Saturday)  10am-4pm

Where:  Waccamaw River Tours

              8496 Enterprise Road, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588                                                                                     (Enter the road into Waccatee Zoo & follow it to our signs to the back by the river)

Boat Tour Times:  11am, 1pm & 3pm 

Special Priced Boat Rides:   Adults $10.00   Children (12yr & under) $5.00

Games & Snacks for Everyone!

Come spend some time with us and check out our new business.  Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.  Come for some fun playing the swing ring and corn hole games.  Sit in the rocking chairs to enjoy the beautiful river and take in the fresh air.  Take a boat ride and feed the zoo animals along our property.  It will be a day of celebration and showing off our "hidden gem" of a place.  We do Nature & Wildlife boat tours from our dock at Soccastee creek.  It is an exploration and educational experience of the natural southern, black water river, its wildlife and history by boat.  It is mostly untouched Wildlife Refuge around us. We look forward to meeting you!

Regards from the River,

Kim & Rick




Shorts & Flip-Flops: May is here with Warmer Weather! Finally!

It has been a harsh winter for us all and winter crept into April.  May has finally brought in warm weather and I have finally exposed my legs and feet!  Shorts & flip-flops.....oh the joys of spring & summer.  The month of May came in with a bang for me.  My 58 year old sister Sandra Lynn "Sandy" passed away on May 2nd  and we had her memorial service on my birthday, May 5th.  It was an honor and blessing to celebrate her home coming on my birthday.  The last 7 days of her life were a struggle and I never prayed so hard that God would give her grace and mercy along with her family in those last days.  She was always more than a little stubborn and always pushed the envelope as far as she could.  Her journey through life had ups and downs as well as great joys.  It was not unusual that she would try to outwit & outlast death.  I will believe that heaven has a beautiful angel that no longer has any pain or suffer.  She would have loved Waccamaw River Tours.  She was never able to make it here in person.  She needed the peace and tranquility that Waccamaw  River Tours has naturally.   There is no better home than that of eternal life in heaven.  Yes, I do believe she made it there!  Thankful to family and friends that help Rick and I make it through this rough time especially helping Rick with the business. Rick and our friends were able to make it without me for a week. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and beyond. Special heart felt love to Rick, my daughter Ashley and sister Kelly who were my rocks of support.  They held me up when I was exhausted and stepped in to help where needed at just the right time.  Blessed!

May on the river has brought out the alligators, the osprey eggs are hatching, and the snakes are out sunning themselves.  A beautiful rainbow snake has been molting (shedding its skin) by the dock.  We have had baby flounder by the thousands in the cove.  They looked like moving leaves until you looked closer.  I found out from our friend and naturalist Jerry Walls that flounder are born in fresh water nurseries and will make their way to brackish and salt water as they mature.  We are a nature's flounder nursery, too! This place has such wonders to explore!

Hope you enjoy my photos of all these wonderful things!  Life is all around you.  You just have to look!

Kim

Baby Flounder in the cove at Waccamaw River Tours.  Fresh water.  Photo by Kim Carlson.

Baby Flounder in the cove at Waccamaw River Tours.  Fresh water.  Photo by Kim Carlson.

Yellow Belly Slider came to visit us on the property.  I think it is a female trying to lay some eggs.  Cute little face and beautiful markings.  Photo by Kim Carlson

Yellow Belly Slider came to visit us on the property.  I think it is a female trying to lay some eggs.  Cute little face and beautiful markings.  Photo by Kim Carlson

Rainbow snake is molting (shedding its skin as it grows). Photo by Kim Carlson

Rainbow snake is molting (shedding its skin as it grows). Photo by Kim Carlson

Peacock: To dress like a peacock

The peacocks are fully dressed with their spring plumage.  They are fanning out and strutting their colorful feathers trying to attract a female.  Only the males are called peacocks.  The females are called pea hens.  When all are together, they are called pea fowl.  A gathering of pea fowl is called a party.  They are wonderful birds to watch due to their beautiful colors & curious demeanor.  They roam freely along the zoo and Waccamaw River Tour property. 

Cheerio is a peacock that visits Waccamaw River Tours grounds often. Cheerio and I have a special bond.  He loves my morning cereal "Cheerios" as much as I do.  Thus I named him Cheerio.  He is right at home here.  He comes often to the office door and calls out to let me know he is ready for some cheerios.  He will sit on the porch railing and look in the window at me working. He will sometimes visit with our guest on the porch and in the yard.  He is friendly and noisy.  I hope you come to love him as much as I do!

Cheerio the peacock, posing for a picture in his full glory.   Adds meaning to dressing like a peacock. Photo by Kim Carlson

Cheerio the peacock, posing for a picture in his full glory.   Adds meaning to dressing like a peacock. Photo by Kim Carlson

Cheerio strutting his stuff for the ladies. Photo by Kim Carlson

Cheerio strutting his stuff for the ladies. Photo by Kim Carlson

Explorer 1 Is Up & Running

Explorer 1, our 49-passenger pontoon boat, is at our docks with her new Coast Guard papers and we are doing tours on her.  It is good to say that.  We have added some of our own touches to her such as painting her front panels and placing our logos.  The front panels of the boat were ugly with rust stains & peeling paint but now she is fresh & clean looking.  Rick was able to convert the rust on the anchor and paint her black. I have repainted the head.  It was not inviting but it looks so much better with some fresh & colorful paint.  We are waiting on our new sound system to be installed. My voice will be thankful once it is finished being installed and our guest will also so they can hear all the interesting Nature & Wildlife narration.

The river has come alive!  After a long winter, the alligators have come out of their dens and the osprey & egrets are nesting.  The trees are turning green, the pink honeysuckle is blooming and the turtles are sunning.  I am finally able to go outside without a jacket attached to me.  Yes, spring is here along the river!

Our advertising and word of mouth is working.  People are finding our hidden gem here along the river!  Our first season is going to be awesome.  Come on by and check us out!  We have a small Gift Shop & Educational Center (called Education Station) with a small Snack Bar selling drinks (water, soda, etc), snacks (chips & crackers) and candy.  Our guest can enjoy the swing ring and corn hole games on the property or just sit in the chairs to enjoy the beautiful river view.  You can feed the zoo animals along our property.  The wisteria on the property is in full bloom and beautiful. So come early and enjoy our great outdoors! 

We are doing Nature & Wildlife River boat Tours at 11am, 1pm  & 3pm (Monday-Saturday) and 1pm & 3pm (Sunday) through May.  We will add in Breakfast and Sunset Nature & Wildlife River boat Tours in June.  Keep checking our schedule for the new additions.  

Regards from the River,

Kim

  

Explorer 1, our 49-passenger pontoon at Waccamaw River Tours, LLC

Explorer 1, our 49-passenger pontoon at Waccamaw River Tours, LLC

Alligator sunning on a long during a Nature & Wildlife River boat tour at Waccamaw River Tours.  Photo by Kim Carlson

Alligator sunning on a long during a Nature & Wildlife River boat tour at Waccamaw River Tours.  Photo by Kim Carlson

Cheerio (peacock) sitting on the railing of Waccamaw RIver Tours porch to the Gift Shop & Education Station.  He likes to greet guest!  Photo by Kim Carlson

Cheerio (peacock) sitting on the railing of Waccamaw RIver Tours porch to the Gift Shop & Education Station.  He likes to greet guest!  Photo by Kim Carlson

Slow Passing of Winter!

It has been a cold winter here along the river as it has been across most of the country.  We survived a winter ice storm with little damage.  We have cleared the property of the tree limbs and have placed out the hammock in hopes of calling spring in. 

Not only has spring been slow in coming but our 49-passenger boat has been slow in making her way to Waccamaw River Tours.  We patiently await!  We are ready to welcome her to our waters.  It is said that good things come to those who wait.  I like that thought.  The time has helped us finish the renovations to the Gift Shop, Snack Bar and Education Station.  I have slowly been filling the gift shop up with goodies such as handmade rustic hiking/walking sticks, handmade wreaths and wall signs.  I have been a content and busy beaver making these things.  You'll have to check out my handy work.  We continue to do Nature & Wildlife 1 hour boat tours with the 6-passenger pontoon.  We have had a few glorious warm days in the past week that have made these trips wonderful.  It is nice to not wear a jacket! 

The ospreys have been returning to their nest along the river.  It has been exciting to see them return and prepare their nest.  The alligators are slow is showing their presence since the water temperature is still cold.  Some greenery is starting to show as the March winds are starting to blow the cold away.  Spring is coming and we will be ready for an Opening maybe sometime in April.  We'll keep you updated.

Blessings from the River,

Kim

When will our 49 Passenger Pontoon be here?

We are in Sarasota, Florida as I write this.  The 49 Passenger Pontoon we purchased is a step closer to making her way to Waccamaw River Tours in Myrtle Beach, SC.  She has been hauled out of the water here in Sarasota for a Coast Guard hull inspection and passed.  Some basic maintenance will be done here.  Then hopefully we will be able to have her trucked to Myrtle Beach soon to do the finishing touches. One blessing about hauling her out in Florida has been the warmer weather.  We left  Myrtle Beach in 24 degree weather and are enjoying temps in 70's here.  However, we are ready to finish this purchase deal and bring our new addition home.  

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Progress

WE ARE A MAKING SOMETHING GOOD! 

We have our home made business signs up and have about completed the painting of the educational cottage/gift shop.  The last strip of old neon blue paint should hopefully be covered by the end of the week when the rainy weather clears.  We continue to update the inside of the old cottage which will become our nature & wildlife educational center and gift shop in the future.  Rick have been working diligently inside the cottage removing a closet to open up the space & outside replace some old wood facing.  Pete and Nick have been a big help with these tasks.  We are thankful to them. We found some treasures of very old nails and wood within the building that I have recycled into signs.  Most of the wood for this cottage was cut right here on the property.  It is amazing that it is still in very good shape since the original cottage was built in some time in the 1950's. 

For Christmas, I went out into the woods on the property and cut some vines to make wreaths.  It is amazing how wonderful it feels to make your own Christmas decorations.  Of course, man-made ribbon was used to put the finishing touches on.  We are thankful and blessed to have this opportunity to start a business through the amazing gift Aunt Barbara left to Rick.  She would have loved this place as much as she did her cottage on Prince Edwards Island.  This one is for you, Aunt Barbara.  May you be dancing and playing cards with Joyce and your fellow Angels!  Peace and Love, Forever! 

May all of you celebrate the reason for the season!  It will be a life long journey of discovery and growth.  We all are given amazing gifts to use. Have courage. Live this life to your best and serve your purpose.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays,...                                                                          Kim & Rick

 

The beginning......

Welcome to Waccamaw River Tours LLC.  Oct 2013, Capt. Rick Lanigan and I decided to take a chance and create a new business that would combine both our talents/gifts.  My love of nature, wildlife and education along with Rick's captaining abilities and adventurous spirit have melted together. When the dock/property at the Waccatee Zoo became available for lease, it was like a snowball rolling down a hill.  Before we knew it, we had our business license, our 1st pontoon boat for tours and immediately went to work cleaning up the property.  We have power washed the docks, buildings and side walks,. We are painting the buildings and clearing out debris from the yards. We are enjoying the wildlife and creatures that have come to greet us.  Cheerio the peacock and his friends are frequent visitors or I should say we are the visitor.  Cheerio will stand outside the office and honk for my morning cheerios.  Thus he received his name.  Rick and I have uncovered a copper head snake under a pile of logs, had a beautiful rainbow snake make his way across our road, wild deer visiting at the docks and had a baby raccoon hide in a tree by the office.  Everyday is a new adventure of "What will show up today?'  Rick and I are in awe of the serenity and beauty of this magical place that is called our work place.  Together, we are plotting a journey of becoming successful business owners.  Our future is full of hope, joy and possibilities.  Come and watch us grow and enjoy a river adventure or two with us!

P.S.  We have purchased a 49-passenger sightseeing pontoon boat.  If all goes as planned, she should be shipped to us in late December.  She needs some beautification so we will be going to shipyard.  I'll keep you updated.

Rick Lanigan clearing and burning the debris on the property.