Day 33-36: Um, let's not go there again
Trip Start Jul 01, 2008
38Trip End Sep 27, 2008
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Charleston proper, on the other hand, was a truly lovely and genteel city. So much so, that we altered our plans to head west into Georgia & Tennessee and booked a night in the historic district so we could stay and wander longer. We took a carriage ride around the city, the kids found water (as they always do) and spent a really happy hour or two playing in the fountains, and then we had a great meal at Hyman's (grits again for Matt) before retiring to our new hotel. I booked it through the downtown Charleston Visitors Centre, just to be safe, and the woman assisting me nearly choked when I mentioned where we had stayed the previous night, before whispering that North Charleston ranks around #4 in the US for dangerous cities
Day 2 was spent exploring Charleston, Matt in his running shoes, me with my credit card. We both felt we had spent quality time in Charleston. Another swim at the hotel before lunch (Hominy's which was as wonderful as the reviews we had read) and Matt had yet another plate of grits, before heading to our next night's accommodation in Charleston - the campground in Mt Pleasant. But not before more swimming, this time at the beach, which was wet and salty, but didn't have the white sands/turquoise water we were hoping for. The campground was the prettiest we've stayed at so far, and we selected a site on the edge of the lake. All went well until the kids soccer ball ended up in there and to stop the kids & Matt from wading in, I told them about the alligator sign I had seen at the Check-in desk, so not only did we have cries for a lost ball, we had a terrified Aviva to deal with.
Day 3 we spent at Boone Plantation, which was interesting but really hot and humid. Daniel was terribly disappointed when he realized that it wasn't Soup Plantation we were going to (for anyone not familiar, this is a buffet style dining option we have enjoyed many times in San Diego), but he put on a brave front and gave slavery and the Civil War his full attention.
We are loving the South but it's time for a change of scenery - we are about done with alligators, swamps and grits (well, most of us) and next stop is North Carolina. Into the north west of the state where we are hoping to get some quality mountain air and a reduction in heat & humidity.