Monday, November 24, 2014

Hello from Charleston, South Carolina

We’re happy to report that we had an uneventful trip down to Historic Charleston South Carolina.
It was a beautiful sunny day and we stayed at the Mount Pleasant area KOA. This particular KOA just so happens to be on the grounds of a real Antebellum Plantation, and there's no mistaking you're in Carolina low country when you camp here. Azaleas, oaks and loblolly pines give this campground a signature touch to its charm.
Sandra and Toby attempted the 1.5 mile nature trail, but after reading the sign warning to stay on the trail or take your chances with alligators, poisonous snakes and/or vegetation they opted out, simply coining the phrase “let’s not and say we did”.
On site is a 30-acre private lake where you can simply relax rent a boat, or fish (catch and release only). We deciding to lay low on our arrival day and simply enjoyed the front row view that Chillax’n had of the lake.
The next day we headed into Historic downtown Charleston where horse-drawn carriages clip-clop along the historic harbor and beautiful cobble stoned streets and gas lit alleys. It was one of our hit and miss very warm days. However it was extremely windy, which made walking around somewhat difficult and not so fun.
There was also the threat of severe thunderstorms and a tornado watch in effect. So as we watched our beautiful skies turn gloomy around noon, decided to for-go the carriage ride and take some pictures of the gorgeous 18th century homes and buildings, architecture and  harbor as quickly as possible.
Here are a few photos to try and entice you to visit this enchanting beautifully preserved city so rich in history...

On our way back to the campground we took a quick detour to Patriots Point so we could see the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, the tenth aircraft carrier to serve in the United States Navy. It is out of commission now, but you can walk in the footsteps of YORKTOWN's sailors and officers as you tour the Flight Deck all the way down to the massive engine rooms that powered this great ship.

We made it back to Chillax’n just in time before the skies opened up and technically “rained on our parade”. So with that we will leave you will this gorgeous photo of the night sky as it appeared out the front window after the storm had passed.
We will be heading out in the morning to make our way down to St. Augustine Florida. The weatherman is forecasting another cold front to make its way as far as Georgia, so we've decided to by-pass Savannah and head to where we won’t have freezing temps.
So stay tuned for our next post from there.
Rick, Sandra, Toby and Wee Shameus