Whew…where to start?! My BFF (Michelle) and her hubby came down from Virginia to see our new home. Not to mention it has been two years since we have been face-to-face! The last time I saw her, she was getting married to the love of her life. They actually celebrated their two year anniversary while here (well, actually we were in Charleston). Needless to say, it was some much needed bonding time for all of us. You can check her blog out here.
Without further ado…here is a chronology of our time together:
Saturday: Downtown Columbia, SC
First stop was for lunch at Sandy’s Famous Hot Dogs which has been a staple in the Downtown area since 1979. It’s a great place to grab a quick lunch of all-beef hot dogs with all the fixin’s. Trust me, you do not want to miss these. They are so huge I eat mine with a fork!
Next up, the South Carolina Statehouse. We took them to see the Statehouse grounds where in recent months has been a National topic of discussion because of the recent removal of the Confederate flag.
While touring the grounds, we noticed a sign for free tours of the Statehouse. It as absolutely beautiful, and as a lifelong SC resident, I even learned some things I didn’t know about SC history and the history of the state capital. It was raining when we left the tour so we headed to my favorite local restaurant, Polliwogs (click the link to see my previous post about this restaurant) for supper and called it a day.
Sunday: Charleston, SC (Sullivan’s Island & Shem Creek)
We woke up very early Sunday morning to drive down to Charleston for the day. The BFF had asked that we go there for their anniversary, and who was I to say no?! I LOVE CHARLESTON!
So, we started our trip at Charles Towne Landing which was the first English settlement in the Carolinas. It is the birthplace of the Carolina colony. My Dad and his SO met us there (he lives in the Charleston area). Unfortunately, my shoes gave me some nasty blisters, and I was unable to walk the entire settlement, but I enjoyed sitting under the oaks waiting for everyone else. It was a very enjoyable morning…aside from the blisters!
Next up, lunch at the Noisy Oyster, and then a free trolley ride around downtown. We ended up at the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon which was originally built to house the heavy import/export trade. The building was the meeting house where delegates of the First Continental Congress were elected, and ironically enough, those same men were later jailed in the dungeon below while Charleston was occupied by the British. Also, this is where George Washington was entertained when he visited Charleston in 1791.
We walked the Charleston Battery and also took a walk through the park. We then headed over to Shem Creek to have some supper at the Shem Creek Bar and Grill. What is so neat about this area is people just ride their boats up and down the creek, and when they get hungry they just dock their boats at one of the many creek-side restaurants to eat. What a life right?! After supper we drove over to Sullivan’s Island to watch the sunset on the beach. It was absolutely beautiful, and the perfect ending to a pretty perfect day.
Monday: Columbia, SC
Monday was spend relaxing after our adventurous day in Charleston. We ate and shopped a little. It was some much needed bonding time.
Tuesday: Congaree National Park, Hopkins, SC
Michelle and her husband are avid hikers, and she asked if we could visit the Congaree National Park. She actually has a goal to visit all the national parks in the US! We took the 2.6 mile trail which is a basic history lesson about the park. Congaree National Park is the ONLY old growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the US. It was absolutely fascinating to learn about how the forest relies on the Congaree Rivers annual flooding to remain nutrient rich. If you have a chance you should definitely check it out!
Wednesday: Lake Murray, SC
For their last full day in SC we decided to have a relaxing day by the lake. We swam and relaxed. It was the best ending to a pretty awesome vacation. We hated to see them go, but as they say, “all good things must come to an end”…
Thanks for taking the time to read my vaca blog! One love…..B.