We actually did the “brown Sign” tour (just stopping at brown signs while you are driving between destinations) on the way from Murrells Inlet to Edisto Island. One of the places we stopped was Hampton Plantation which is an old rice plantation (it is the first picture below). We spent two days at Edisto Beach State Park, camping right on the beach. It was nice to hear the ocean at night and we enjoyed just relaxing at the beach. Next, we came inland a bit to Charleston for a few days. We took a trip to Fort Sumter which requires a mini cruise of Charleston Harbor and you get a great view of the Charleston waterfront on the way there. It was very foggy the morning we went and Don got a great picture of the Ravenel bridge over the Cooper River. We went right by the U.S. Yorktown (pictured below) on the way back to the dock. We also learned that South Carolina tried to secede as early as 1833 and that Citadel cadets did not really fire the first shot of the Civil War (although they would say it is a technicality that they did not get credit because the ship they fired on did not fire back). We ate lunch at two restaurants that we would recommend. One was S.N.O.B. (Slightly North of Broad) and the other was Five Loaves. Both of these are the kind of restaurants you might not find or enter just so, but they were highly rated on Trip Advisor so we checked them out. Five Loaves allowed you to order a soup sampler. It was so cute we took a picture. We had no idea we were going to be here during Spoleto so we got quite a surprise when we went to the Farmer’s Market at Marion Square and there was a Spoleto art show. There were some beautiful paintings of Charleston and the beach. Our next stop is Hilton Head, SC, but right now we are watching Beryl to see whether or not we can go.
May 22nd – 26th, 2012 – Charleston, SC and Vicinity