Weekend Trip With the Family

Trip Start Aug 26, 2008
Trip End Dec 14, 2008

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Another entry prior to my official departure in 14 days. My family wanted to do one final hoorah before my sister and I both leave for this year. None of us had been to Charleston so we decided to head there and see what it's all about. Beautiful city. Really really amazing. The entire city sits on a peninsula in the atlantic so it's surrounded by a harbor on three sides but also has access to probably 4 or 5 large islands off the coast of charleston that are filled with miles of beaches as well as fine dining, shopping, etc. The first night we got there it was late so we just toured the city a little. Day 2 was a crammed full itinerary. We visited the South Carolina state aquarium first. It was an above average aquarium, nothing too spectacular. But, they did have this one tank at the end that was rather large and had an entire ocean ecosystem in it with a variety of fish species. It was really cool to see all the different types interacting.
Next we took a ferry out to Ft. Sumter in Charleston's harbor. This was one of my favorite things to do just because there was so much amazing history at this place. It was pretty amazing seeing the scorch marks in the brick from cannon fire. There was even a few cannon shells still stuck into the brick wall.
After we left Sumter we hit the beach for a couple of days. Great beaches down there, Isle of the palms is seriously one of my favorite places in the states now. We had dinner one night at this rooftop bar on the island overlooking the harbor and watched the sun go down. It was surreal to say the least. After playing on the beaches for a while we did a little more sight seeing and visited some really awesome local art galleries. In the last few minutes of our time in Charleston we saw one of the coolest things of the whole trip, angel oak. It's the worlds oldest oak tree and it just sprawls everywhere. It is huge and even has a few limbs that grow into the ground. It's so old and heavy that a lot of limbs had to be supported with large metal stands. It also provided me with my favorite picture of the trip.

More to come. Cheers,
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