Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
This afternoon, Mark and Dortha wanted to get flu shots at the CVS in Hilton Head, so we took the opportunity to do a little sightseeing while we were in the neighborhood. There is a lighthouse in Harbour Town in the Sea Pines area, so we headed there first.
Gee, I hope this guy is just getting ready for Halloween:
Now, I've heard that Hilton Head is pretty ritzy, but honestly, I've never been to a neighborhood that charges $5 for visitors to drive into! But that's what Sea Pines does, so make sure you take your wallet with you if you visit.
Here's a view of the lighthouse past all the yachts:
And a sail boat:
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
We were assigned a table on the third floor.
All four of us chose the Dinner Buffet. I picked tiny samples of most of the vegetable offerings, plus a few bites of meatloaf and beef stew. The biscuit and hoecake got to me though, they were really great! Dessert was included, and my choice was banana pudding, although I would have liked the chocolate chip gooey butter cake. I'm still pretty sure all of my "extra" points are used up for the week! My 11,000 steps today did help offset some of those calories, and it was definitely a special experience.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
This boat might have come in real handy if the rain had continued a little longer!
Yesterday was cloudy and overcast all day, but at least there was no more rain. Dortha and I attended a Weight Watchers meeting in the morning, while the guys found a place to eat breakfast. Later on in the day, we all went to Camping World. Mark found a ladder and we found a new pair of lawn chairs that are not recliners.
We've been keeping in touch with another RV-Dreams friend, Charles (Roz). He and his wife, Ethel, have been workamping in Maine for several months and are on their way home to Jacksonville, Florida. They wanted to catch up with us, so yesterday, Charles contacted Dortha to see where we are now and when we'd be in Savannah. When he found out we are still in Charleston, he and Ethel decided to travel a few extra miles so they could stay here and get together.
We were delighted to meet them. They arrived around 6 pm and we all went out to dinner together at the Folly Beach Crab Shack. After dinner, we gathered to visit at Dortha and Mark's rig.
This is Charles, visiting with Jasmine. (for Ginger - she's got on her new "bling" collar). Finally, we called it a night and retired to our respective homes. This morning, Charles and Ethel said their "see ya later's", and headed out around 10 am. It was a great treat to meet them, and we hope we get to spend more time with them down the road.
In my last blog, I mentioned seeing some white birds around here that I believe to be White Ibis. I did get some pictures of them today:
I was looking for them yesterday, when I saw this much larger bird with a totally different bill. I think this is a Wood Stork:
Friday, October 24, 2008
I thought this mailbox on Sullivan's Island was more interesting than pictures of the fort:
We stopped for lunch at a seafood restaurant in Mt. Pleasant before deciding to visit the outlet mall. Dortha wanted to see if the Corning Outlet store had any dishes she could love, and I needed to see if I could find a new pair of jeans. I did get a pair of jeans, as well as a pair of shoes and 2 shirts. Of course, I then had to clean out my closet when we got home. I managed to find a few items that I don't wear, so now I have room for the new things.
It's been a good day, but I will be glad to see the rain stop!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
We learned about some of the history of Charleston, founded as Charles Town along the Ashley River in 1670. It was moved to it's present location on a penninsula between the Ashley and Cooper Rivers in 1680. The name was changed to Charleston in 1783.
These are a couple of the many historic homes along the waterfront:
A harbor cruise wouldn't be complete without our pelican friends:
Charleston was an important location in the Amercian Revolutionary war, and it was the place where the first shots of the Civil War were fired on Jan. 9, 1861 by Citadel Cadets when the ship Star of the West attempted to enter the harbor.
Fort Sumpter was held by Union when, on April 12, 1861, it was attacked by shore batteries led by Confederate General Pierre Beauregard. After a 34 hour battle, Major Robert Anderson surrendered the fort.
Our cruise took us past the Yorktown Aircraft Carrier, seen here with part of the new Arthur Ravenel/Cooper River bridge in the background:
After our harbor cruise, we headed off on foot to our chosen lunch destination, Jestine's Kitchen. On the way, This pretty house caught my eye:
Jim and Mark were hungry! Jestine's Kitchen is named in honor of the lady who began it, she lived to lthe age of 112. It is known for it's great southern home-style cooking at moderate prices. It did not disappoint! The guys had pecan crusted fried chicken. Dortha had a delicious meatloaf, and I had the Blue Plate Special - shrimp creole. Side dishes included okra gumbo, squash casserole, hoppin John, collard greens and cornbread. Oh, yes, and the coconut cream pie the guys had for dessert. (Dortha and I got some bites of that!)
After our wonderful meal, we once again set out on foot to our next tour, a horse drawn carriage through the historic district.
We saw many alleys like this, but this particular one was of interest because it was the only place where dueling was legal!
In the days of slavery, during the winter when there wasn't much work in the fields, slaves made bricks. Many buildings are built with brick, and many of them have been covered by plaster, stucco, or wood.
Some very interesting architectural detail:
The Exchange, where tea was stored during the time of the Tea Protest prior to the American Revolution. It was also the location where representatives to the Continental Congress were elected, and where South Carolina declared it's independence from the British Crown:
In addition to surviving several wars, including the American Revolution and Civil War, Charleston survived two major hurricanes in 1885, and a devasting earthquake in 1886. Many of the homes we saw today were built long before that, but they have been lovingly restored and maintained.
During the tour, our guide, Robert, told us stories of the individual houses we saw. Gee, I didn't take notes, so now I don't remember which house went with what story.
This house was built by a cousin of George Washington:
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
After some discussion with Dortha and Mark, we decided to visit nearby Magnolia Plantation first today. I had no idea what to expect since this is our fist visit to this part of the country. The only plantation I really know anything about is Tara from "Gone with the Wind".
Just a short drive from the rv park is this lovely old plantation, still owned by the Drayton family, as it has been since it was founded in 1676. Through wars, hurricanes, earthquakes and family tragedies, this plantation has survived. It has the oldest gardens open to the public. We arrived and purchased tickets for a tram tour and a house tour as well as the grounds and gardens.
This is the third house built, one was destroyed by fire, the second was burned in the Civil War.
On the tram tour, we got to see some, wildlife, including this great white egret:
I think if I was one of those turtles, I wouldn't be so eager to hang out near this alligator!
We stopped for a picture while we walked the gardens:
Spanish moss hanging everywhere:
Even though there weren't a lot of flowers, we did see some:
We spent about 4 hours here and finally decided we were getting hungry. We all decided we'd like to go downtown for awhile, so we found a Ruby Tuesday's on the way so Dortha and I could have a good salad. After our late lunch, we drove across the Ashley River and headed through downtown Charleston.
This certainly isn't one of the most attractive buildings in the city, but it does house the market and we were in the mood to do some shopping:
Dortha and I have had our eye on the local artisans' Sweetgrass Baskets, which are made only in this area. The origin of the baskets were African slaves who brought the skill of basketweaving with them. The men were primary basket weavers during the time of slavery. They were used in rice processing. After emancipation, women became the primary weavers and soon baskets were being made for sale. Dortha and I picked out the same style and got a discount on them:
One last flower as we headed back to the car after our shopping excursion:
Back home for a quiet evening in. Tomorrow, more adventure awaits!