We have spent the last week in Charleston, SC. What a beautiful city! Having never been there before, after some exploration, I can honestly say that I could live there. Right down in the middle of it. I doubt we could afford it, but it’s a really cool little city and one, I’m sure, we’ll come back to again.
We arrived at Oak Plantation Campground in Johns Island last Thursday. This is one of the nicest parks we have stayed in and is the closest park to downtown Charleston.
It just reeks of southern charm. Just look at that Spanish moss hanging from the trees. This house belongs to the owners. We settled into our nice spacious site and made ourselves comfortable :)
On Friday, we headed downtown to explore and see the sites. We found a convenient parking spot close to the harbor and set off on foot to see what we could see. The Waterfront Park was amazing.
They even dyed the fountain pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month! How cool is that?
We took in the City Market where they sell all kinds of beautiful things. Some were expensive and some were super expensive :) We donated a little bit to the local economy when Rick bought a new baseball cap :)
We wandered up and down, in and out, much on cobblestone streets until our poor feet cried “Uncle” and we stopped at Henry’s for a refreshing afternoon brew. Henry’s just happened to be across the street from the Market and next door to the candy store :) Perfect location :)
We stayed close to home on Saturday as we had cleaning inside and out to do and we were waiting on our mail to be delivered from our mail service in SD. We were expecting something we had ordered a couple weeks earlier and were looking forward to installing it. Rick gave Lucy a good bath in preparation and then proceeded with the installation. Before he could even get started, our neighbor, Manny, introduced himself and offered to help as that is what he did for a living.
So in Manny’s capable hands, “Lucy”was installed :)
Later that afternoon, our friends Ronnie and Cynthia arrived and joined us for Happy Hour and hot dogs and brats on the grill.
We took the Charleston Harbor Cruise on the Carolina Belle on Monday despite cool, cloudy weather.
It was a pleasant hour and a half tour all along the harbor passing Forts Johnson and Moultrie as well as Fort Sumpter (which was closed due to the government shutdown).
We finished off our day at the Water’s Edge Restaurant where we sat outside and watched the tide come in while enjoying half price appetizers during Happy Hour :)
Tuesday was another “close to home” day. Cynthia and I took a run to Costco in the afternoon and left the guys to fend for themselves. I heard Ronnie got to watch and supervise while Rick changed our water filters and replaced the anode rod in our hot water heater. Do you think it was about time???
We threw some burgers on the grill that night and just enjoyed the beautiful Fall-like weather.
On our last day here, Wednesday, we set out to walk the Arthur Ravenel Bridge, a beautiful cable-stayed bridge over the Cooper River connecting downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant.
This bridge was completed and opened in 2005, one year ahead of schedule and under budget! How often do you hear of that happening? The bridge consists of 8 lanes of traffic and a bike/pedestrian lane separated by a concrete abutment.
It’s 2.5 miles from one end to the other; 5 miles round trip. We parked on the Mount Pleasant side of the bridge and started out. Ronnie and Cynthia weren’t sure if they were going to do the whole thing, but they wanted to at least make it to the halfway point where the views of the harbor and skyline were wonderful. Rick and I intended to complete the whole thing, so off we went!
Once we arrived at the end, we turned around and hiked back arriving back at the car in about 2 hours. It was a wonderful walk, one that appears to be very popular judging from the number of people out there. The only drawback was the noise and gas fumes. It was fairly breezy Wednesday so the fumes were not too bad but earplugs probably would have been a good idea :)
From there, we took our last tour of this beautiful city at Palmetto Carriage Works. We joined a few others on our carriage ride through the historic district directed by our guide Ron and made possible by our mule team, George and Thomas :)
We left Charleston Thursday morning and are continuing our trek south. We plan to wander some all over Florida this winter, but will be in the Crystal River area for the last half of Dec and all of Jan & Feb. Maybe we’ll see some of you down the road!
Thanks for stopping by.