The term free-range means that livestock are not raised in an enclosure, but are free to roam at-large to seek their own food and water. Since they are getting plenty of sun and no chemically-altered feed, and because of the exercise are presumed to be stronger and healthier, it is generally assumed that free-range meat is better. On most of our crowded farms, the term is misleading, because even “free-range” livestock, especially poultry, are in some kind of enclosure. That’s not true here. I have no idea of the numbers, but large numbers of cattle are indeed free to roam hundreds of square miles without a fence in sight. Even the river doesn’t confine them, as they walk or swim across the channels at will. This also meant they were free to roam freely through the campsites, and bovine landmines were everywhere. We would have to kick them out of the way to make camp, or step carefully, especially in the dark, to avoid stomping through the patties while preparing meals. We even got slowed a couple times while cattle forded the channel as we floated nearby and waited for them to pass.
All-Terrain Vehicles for sure. Not your usual ATV.
Possum Bluff Rest Area. Click on any picture to enlarge.
The Isle of Palms was easy to spot from a distance. It was the
only thing rising above the grassy marsh.