Sullivan's Island - Fort Moultrie

Sunday, November 25, 2018

6:30 a.m.

Up and out the door with the dogs - it wasn't as warm as the day before (46°) but still warmer than other parts of the country. 

We were totally naughty for breakfast lol!  We weren't really than hungry so we ended up eating a lemon hand pie - Clinton had picked one up at the grocery store the other day when I wasn't looking!  This one was from Krispy Kreme so it makes it alright doesn't it?!

11:00 a.m.

After finishing the blog and uploading a video from Saturday, we were ready and on our way for another day of exploring.  We decided that since we were going to have a sunshiny day, we would head to Sullivan's Island and the beach.  That turned out to be a great decision.

It was a short drive through Charleston and over the amazing Ravenel Bridge to Sullivan's Island.

I obviously did not take this picture!  It was taken by:  Photo by David Martin Jr. on Unsplash

From this angle, it doesn't look that scary but it was a little scary driving across it - it slopes up quite a bit - making it feel very far off the ground.  But it is truly beautiful and there is a pedestrian path all the way over it with lots of people walking and jogging it! 

I recently had a conversation with my sister about how we Americans are so hung up on lists - like restaurant lists - and how they can really be harmful to businesses but I went to Yelp anyway and looked up the #1 restaurant on Sullivan's Island.  It was the Obstinate Daughter.  Well with a name like that - you've got to go! 

We ended up falling in love with that restaurant!  I loved it so much, I'm considering buying a vacation home in the area just so I can eat there on a regular basis!  I'm not kidding! 

Seriously, so far it is our favorite restaurant of all the ones we've visited on this trip.  It is a little hard to find.  It is upstairs in this little building with a bakery in the bottom.  It is hard to describe the atmosphere in the restaurant but once you walk in, you feel like you're at home - in a really cool, hip home close the ocean with a slight nautical theme that's not in your face anchors and ships. 

We got there at noon and there were quite a few open tables but they were all reserved!  So if you don't want to eat at the bar (which is what we did and it was totally awesome) or at tiny hightop tables, you will need to make reservations. 

So you're probably imagining what we got that was so good right?!  Well we got pizza lol!  But it wasn't any ol' pizza - it was the Duck Amuck - duck confit, figs, gorgonzola, mozzarella, red onion, arugula, and vincotto.  I had to look that last ingredient up - I had never heard of it!  It is similar to a balsamic vinegar reduction. 

It was amazing!  We really loved the crust!

So we're eating away on this pizza (which the picture does make it look larger than it was) and we decided that a cup of their chowder sounded like it would pair well with this pizza.  It was the best decision!  

I would eat this every week of my life if I could!  It's called Frogmore Chowder.  It was this thick, creamy chowder filled with huge shrimp, sausage, potatoes, and corn.  It had some kind of dreamy oil swirled on top.  It was so warm and so good with the pizza!  

Ok so you're probably tired of reading about our lunch!  We did do other things lol!  We walked around all the beautiful homes of Sullivan's Island.  It was such a beautiful, relaxed area.  

We walked past beautiful homes, an amazing elementary school right on the beach, one the uglies lighthouses I've ever seen (sorry Sullivan's Island) and then took a relaxing walk on the beach.

Here's a video of part of our walk:

We then got back into the truck and drove a short distance down the island to Fort Moultrie.  Most people have heard of Fort Sumter which is where the Civil War started.  But here's the thing about Fort Sumter - it is on an island in the bay of Charleston.  It is free to enter Fort Sumter but it costs $22 per person for the boat ride there!  We were told by our Charleston friends to visit Fort Moultrie instead for $3 per person!  We were so glad we did.  It was totally worth the cost - it had a nice visitor's center and we watched the 22 minute overview video which really helped to give us the history of this location.  

Here's a video of our tour of Fort Moultrie:

4:00 p.m.

We were gelato and drove further down to Isle of Palms but a couple of those ice cream places were closed so we headed back to a cute little ice cream/sandwich shop that we kept driving past as we went from the campground to Charleston.  We did drive by our lottery dream home on the Isle of Palms! 

Once we got to Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream & Sandwich Cafe, we decided we wanted more than just ice cream - so we split a cheeseburger.  It was so good!  Then we finished off our dinner with some ice cream.  It was so good but we felt kind miserable afterwards! 

We finished the evening doing laundry at the campground. 

Here's a breakdown of the costs for our day:

Oops I forgot we also filled up with diesel which cost $64 ($2.89). 

Monday we plan to go back into Charleston one last time before we head further down the coast Tuesday.

Stay happy Campers!

Michele and Clinton


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