Traveling to Charleston

Friday, November 23, 2018

6:30 a.m.

Our last morning at Dreher Island State Park.  We were almost sad to leave!  We just loved the people we were camping by and the campground itself was so pretty.  I enjoyed my last walk with the dogs.  I even squeezed in a yoga session - with Truman of course!

There was rain in the forecast so we got around pretty quickly.  We never get in a big rush while packing up but we didn't dilly dally this morning. 

We ate yogurt, fruit and granola while we were cleaning and putting stuff away.

Our sweet family beside us came over to tell us good-bye and the nice fisherman on the other side did the same while we were dumping the tanks.  We got on the road by 10:00 a.m.

12:45 p.m.

After a very easy drive southeast, we arrived at Oak Plantation Campground.  Thankfully it never rained, it just got cloudy.  We stopped once along the way at a rest area.  We are so thankful for rest areas while pulling the RV!  They are so easy to get into and provide a great space for us to stretch our legs, use the potty, and give the dogs a chance to walk around.

The campground was huge and it is over half full.  We have a great site under a tree.  It's really just a grassy pull-through spot but it's level and there is actually quite a bit of space between us and our neighbor. 

I didn't have time to take pictures - I will post some and a video on another day.  We decided to go on a tour of historic Charleston which started at 3:15.  We set everything up, ate a turkey sandwich, and headed to downtown Charleston which was only 11 miles from our campground.

3:15 p.m.

Driving our great big truck on tiny, downtown streets - especially old, historic, narrow streets is not my favorite thing in the world but I managed to finally find and get into a parking spot.  We quickly hopped abroad the mini bus for our tour. 

We haven't been going on official tours in order to stay on our budget but I thought there was so much to learn and see in Charleston that we decided to splurge and go on a tour.

After reading the reviews, we decided on Pineapple Tour Group.  They had the best reviews and covered the most ground - compared to a carriage tour or a walking tour.  Besides it was cool and with a chance of rain, so a mini bus was ideal.

We ended up with the owner of the company, Ben, as our tour guide.  He was fantastic!  We could have listened to him all day long! 

We learned so much about Charleston.  The way he talked about the Charleston church massacre brought tears to my eyes. 

I didn't take a lot of pictures (I was sitting in the aisle seat) and didn't take any video because I was so engrossed in our guide's stories. 

This is a picture of a house that has been completely preserved - not restored - was locked up before the Civil War and wasn't reopened until like the 30's! 

We learned about other homes like these:

It was the perfect way to start our visit of Charleston.  Now we have an idea where some things are and which ones we would like to learn more about.

5:00 p.m.

After the tour, we walked around downtown just a little bit. 

We were tempted to eat at one of the many wonderful restaurants but we had already spent quite a bit on the tour and we had Thanksgiving leftovers back at the RV so we resisted and headed back to Roxy.

6:30 p.m.

We had just reheated our leftovers - I fixed some more mashed potatoes and had hot turkey open face sandwiches for dinner - when part of our power went out.  It affected our TV, fireplace, and ceiling fan.  We didn't trip a breaker, we didn't blow a fuse - we couldn't figure it out.  Finally Clinton went outside to the box and figured out the problem - it wasn't plugged in the right spot.  Thank the Lord it wasn't something worse! 

We finished the evening watching Christmas shows, blogging, and looking up stuff about Charleston.

Here's a breakdown of our costs today:

Saturday we hope to reconnect with a gal I worked with years ago.  We have remained in touch through Facebook.  She relocated to this area years ago.  It will be awesome to see her again and get a local's perspective of this amazing area!

Stay happy Campers!

Michele and Clinton


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