James Island and Charleston, SC

Trip Start Feb 09, 2013
Trip End Jun 30, 2013

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Friday, February 15, 2013

1.  Friday and Saturday February 15 and 16.  We left Buck Hall Recreational Area around 10
after enjoying a beautiful sunrise looking out at the intracoastal
waterway.  Arrived in Charleston around
11:30 and had to make a Wal-Mart stop before checking in to our campground
James Island County Park.  We have camped
here before and just love it for its location, shuttle service into Charleston,
and about 5 miles of bike trails.  The
park is beautiful and everyone here is always friendly with a southern
charm.   We rode bikes most of the
afternoon and Saturday we took the shuttle into Charleston for the day.

We took the shuttle into Charleston today and had a great time.  There was a festival on so the streets were
really busy but we walked from the Visitor Center down the museum mile to the
quaintest little cobblestone street named Chalmers.  Visited the Old Slave Mart Museum where the
slaves were sold near the harbor.  The
state has taken over this museum and it is fascinating.  It has exhibits that tell the story of the
domestic slave trade and those whose lives were forever changed.   We
then walked back to the museum mile and were lucky to get in Jestine's Kitchen
restaurant.  Last time we were in
Charleston the line was too long.  This
restaurant has southern food with lots of soul at reasonable prices and has
been recommended by Budget magazine, Oprah, Rachel Ray and many, many other stars
and publications.  No reservations and
ten minutes after we got in the line started to form out the door and around
the corner and down the block.  Excellent
food fried chicken, catfish, corn bread, fried okra, sweet homemade tea etc.  The owner still works there and she stopped
at our table and told us about their former maid Jestine that worked for them
and died at 112 years old.  Many of the
recipes were hers and they named the restaurant in memory of her.

After we walked and visited the College of Charleston which really has a
small beautiful campus right in the town and near everything.  Walked to the festival at Marion Square which
used to be the marching field for the South Carolina Military College the
Citadel.  The Old Citadel building is now
a hotel.  Toured the Charleston Museum
which is the oldest museum in the nation across from the visitor center.  This museum showcases the cultural and
natural history of the SC low country. 

Charleston is really unique with its parks, homes, churches,
restaurants, festivals and the fort.  They
now have free shuttle service all around Charleston so one can hop on and off
and visit but it is easily walked because the land is flat.  We have enjoyed Charleston before and had
another great day visiting this city. 
Met a nice couple from Washington State and enjoyed some drinks with
them when we got back to the campground.  
The weather was nice today until about 3 when the temperature started to
drop and snow is expected tonight.  It
hasn’t snowed in three years here and since we are headed for Savannah tomorrow
to visit Brad’s best friend Lou and his wife  and these roads are not sanded we hope the forecast
is wrong.  Planning to leave around 9 am
depending on the weather.

   Review of campground: James Island County
Park, Charleston, SC – February 15 and 16.  
This is a county park and it is beautiful.  The bathrooms in our loop are being updated
but that was fine.  This is a beautiful,
big park with great bike trails.  The
sites are nice and they do have full hookups. 
Check in was quick and the workers were nice and very informative.  This park is open year round and their
Holiday Festival of Lights from mid November to early January is very popular.  The park offers a lot -salt and fresh
water  fishing, off leash dog park, bike
trails, playground, cottages, shuttle service to Charleston, playground area,
water splash area, kayak rentals and hiking trails through the marshes with
birds, turtles, alligators and geese. 
The cost depends on the discounts you have Good Sam etc and others.  Need to follow the directions from the
campground not your GPS.  This is our
second visit to this park and we will return.

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Garu on

Thanks for pointing us to another Karen and Geroge travel adventure blog. We will be watching. Took a look at the map. Is that the travel plan? What is the timeline.

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