Thank you for joining us this week as we finish our time in South Carolina!
Hard to believe we have been here 23 days. What a whirlwind of weather, sightseeing, visits with friends and just enjoying the history of the area.
I will say, we are excited to get on the road and head to Georgia. Charleston is lovely, but I am very tired of the warm weather and the humidity. Do I sound like a broken record? Please forgive me. I will get off my weather rant and just recap the things we really enjoyed.
The people are incredibly friendly and kind. We had an amazing time at the campground where they have the best camp hosts and employees. Everyone is incredibly helpful and wants to make sure you have the best experience. If you are an RVer and want to visit Charleston, please consider staying here! It is one of the top 3 KOA’s we have stayed in.
We loved visiting downtown Charleston. The food tour we had was so fun. The food was just ok, but the guide was so knowledgeable about the city’s history. That’s what we love to do, as you know, when visiting a new area: learn the history of an area.
We walked along the Battery looking at the incredible homes and the Atlantic. Truly beautiful homes that have been in families for generations. Mansions everywhere!
We got to experience the Charleston City Market. The history is amazing. I must share it with you!
In 1788, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney ceded the land to the City of Charleston for the express use as a public market, and he stipulated that the land must remain in use as a market for perpetuity.
To fulfill this requirement, the low buildings—sheds—that stretch from Market Hall to the waterfront were built between 1804 and the 1830s. These sheds originally housed meat, vegetable, and fish vendors; each booth rented for $1.00 per day, or $2.00 if the booth had a slab of marble used to keep the meat or fish cold. Butchers often threw meat scraps into the street, much to the delight of local buzzards, which were nicknamed Charleston Eagles. Over the years, the sheds have survived many disasters, including fires, tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, and bombardment.
In 1841, three years after the Masonic Hall on the corner of Meeting and Market Streets was destroyed by fire, the current Market Hall was erected. Architect Edward Brickwell White was paid $300 to create the building’s blueprints, which paid homage to the Temple of the Wingless Victory in Athens. The resulting handsome structure was originally used by the Market Commissioners for meetings and social functions, while the space beneath the hall housed vendors.
Since the 1970s, the original sheds and surrounding neighborhood have housed many small and unique shops. Of special note are the more than 50 sweetgrass basket weavers who carry forth a special Charleston tradition.
The Charleston City Market, recognized as one of the oldest in the country, is part of a permanent exhibit entitled “Life in Coastal South Carolina c. 1840” at the American History Museum of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C
We loved Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palm. Enjoyed visiting two plantations, eating great bbq, fried pickles and lots and lots of shrimp! We even made our own low country boil! Here’s the recipe we used and will continue to use it wherever we go. It’s so easy!
We loved touring the Patriot Point museums. I know that was the highlight for Jerry. Taking the ferry to Fort Sumter. And, we didn’t get seasick! Trust me, that’s huge for both of us!
Overall, we loved it here. What’s not to love? There’s so much to do and we did a lot, but, there’s so much more to see and do. We will be back.
We had the best time visiting with friends who drove to Charleston to visit with us. We felt so incredibly special that they would travel to see us! Thank you David and Cindy.
Annie and Elene came to grab lunch with us this week from Myrtle Beach. We were fortunate enough to have been in the site next to them in Myrtle Beach for a week. They are full-time RVers who just started this adventure. We know we will keep in touch and hopefully see them down the road!
We had a great lunch together at the first funky restaurant we ate on the first day we arrived in Charleston. Seewee is a local place with the best fried pickles!!
Moving on…the night before we left, Jerry was checking the brake lights on the RV while hooked up to Hunky. Guess what? The left ones didn’t work. Yep, another fun “adventure”. Something was wrong with a wire in the outlet on the truck. Thank goodness Jerry figured out how to plug the RV into another outlet on the truck, but only for the trip to Georgia. He has to take the truck into the Dodge Service Center in Georgia where we are staying. There’s always something. Thank goodness my husband is so diligent when it comes to checking everything before we leave. I will keep you updated on this “adventure”.
We will be in Georgia when you read this. Very excited to be visiting with relatives on my mother’s side. My cousin Susan (which we need to figure out how we are cousins) has invited us for Thanksgiving with lots of family I have not met. We plan on spending a lot of time together as we will be there for 8 days. She has many plans for us. Looking forward to meeting with a relative that is doing a family tree.
This will be our first Thanksgiving away from our family in CA, so the fact we can be with family is so important for us!
The RV park we are staying at is very close to Atlanta. We will definitely be going there to check it out. Of course, driving Hunky in major cities is always a challenge. We shall see how that turns out. Trust me, you will be hearing all about it.
We want to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving and know how grateful we are to each and every one of you!
Just One More….State to put on the Map