Sunday, December 16, 2012
Visiting Daufuskie Island’s ‘Newest Connection” Thunderbolt
Made a trip to Savannah yesterday for a rare and special treat, beignets at Hueys on River Street. Huey’s beignets are fine tasting indeed and on a par with my favorites , Café Du Monde, New Orleans. A cup of hot Café’ Au Lait to wash these sugary treats down and all is well in the world.
As I was savoring my second one I said “Hey Mary” ….. lets check out Thunderbolt where the Bloody Point ferry boats are housed. Only been to Thunderbolt once to chow down at Tubbys but that was long ago. I was interested to seeing for myself what would be in store for Bloody Point members and visitors alike that would embarking to a place called Daufuskie.
Well off we went and our Jeep Wrangler scooted down River Street made a right on Truman Parkway and in a flash, the five mile trip brought us into the place named for a bolt of lightning. Once there we were captivated by this funky little place that in 1856 had been a shipping port for local plantations. Thunderbolt has a nice “feel” to it and I surmised it would be accepted by Daufuskie passengers in that light as well. And I thought that was important to be departing from a place that had a touch of class and arriving at a place called Bloody Point that exuded comforting “low key” LowCountry elegance.
Now one must understand that you have to look hard or you will miss the cute downtown. But shops of all kinds abound and the maritime theme exerts itself with Marinas located on each side of the Intra Coastal Waterway (that’s ICW) for you mariners out there. And for the members living on Fuskie the sign of “the pig” (that’s Piggly Wiggley for Southern folks) is a sight to behold. Just think…no big deal to get your groceries. Plus that….saw a whole plethora of banks, restaurants, hardware stores and the like that are so important to “us Fuskie locals”. And there’s a Starbucks too for that comforting time to sit back on the “other side” and amuse oneself with all the bustling activity that is non existent on Fuskie.
Now one would think after all of this I would see a fine upstanding sign promoting to the world “BLOODY POINT/DAUFUSKIE EMBARCATION“. But after the Jeep navigated Thunderbolt’s every nook and cranny, it wasn’t until after I arrived home that I found out the jeep needed to cross over the ICW to the Savannah Bend Marina. There I was told is where Bloody Point signs are positioned to direct golfers and wide eyed visitors alike to their watery mode of transportation.
So the next time you are in Savannah shuufle off to Thunderbolt. Then take it upon yourself to tell your friends how Bloody Point has strategically situated themselves in Savannah to entice drivers and air passengers alike, to what is now called “Savannah’s North Pole”. I have always believed that Savannah should be Daufuskie’s portal and solution for Fuskie’s future success. It is apparent that the fine folks at Bloody Point Resort believe that too.
Joseph H. Yocius
Owner/Keeper Historic Bloody Point Lighthouse
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Bloody Point Lighouse Compound "For Sale"
The "True"History and Tradition of Bloody Point