After Nashville we made an overnight stop at a rest area in Asheville, North Carolina and the next morning we headed to Charleston, South Carolina. It was two long days of travel but we finally made it to Givhans Ferry State Park, which is about an hour’s drive (33 miles) from Charleston.
The park is situated along the Edisto River, which saw a lot of floating and swimming activity while we were there over the 4th of July. There is a nice little sandy beach and the water is perfect for family fun, including a tree rope swing. We were silent observers and just people-watched. The only negative experience there was lack of cell phone service. We hiked the 1.5 mile trail there and saw a bit of the river, but mostly we explored the neighboring towns of Summerville and Charleston, of course.
The town of Summerville is quite large so that’s where we took care of our shopping, laundry, post office, haircuts, etc. we even took in a matinee and saw the comedy movie, Spy with Melissa McCarthy.
In Charleston we parked near the Visitor Center and rode a free trolley to the downtown area where we then took a horse-drawn carriage tour of downtown. Lunch was at a microbrewery called Southend Brewery and Smokehouse and the fried green tomatoes and gourmet pizza were awesome, as was the very refreshing Peach Bellini I had!
We spent a day at Patriots Point where we got on a tour boat and took a scenic ride out to Fort Sumter. We enjoyed seeing Dolphins swim alongside the boat on the way out and back. It was very interesting to visit the fort where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Also hard to believe those cannons could fire and reach distances of up to three miles when I could barely see that far to the shore!
Back at Patriots Point we went aboard the USS Yorktown and after going through the Medal of Honor Museum we climbed up and down and all over that ship. Ken and I both marveled at the narrow vertical staircases as we very carefully navigated them and thought of all the sailors who obviously had mastered them!
Next up is Chippokes Plantation State Park near Williamsburg, VA. See you soon… Until then, enjoy life and be good to one another.