Charleston, South Carolina

After visiting the Carolina Cider Company the journey to Charleston continued with a variety of trees and water ways adorning the road.

A beautiful drive, how scenic, and what a delightful surprise.

The entrance to Charleston is welcoming, passing over the graceful Ravenel Bridge with views of a posh marina. I wonder if Stephen Colbert has a boat here????

The city is relatively small with the main attraction the Slave Market.

Many vendors sell their wares here and woven straw baskets are sold on every street corner as well as in the market. Lovely, but not lovely enough for the price asked.

Around the marketplace are many restaurants. Anson’s is a place of history and a 5 Star restaurant. Captain Anson was a Brit and naval officer who came to the Carolina’s in the 1700’s. A known card shark this property still bears his name.

Since I had little time to visit and needing direction I stopped at one of the many Visitor Centers. Here I was guided to a horse drawn carriage ride of one hour which fit my needs. The staff at these centers are friendly, personable, and know their city. Did I also say they have coupons??? Stop in and they’ll put you on course for your visit.

The tour was perfect with a guide who was interesting, funny, and well informed. He is an author of historical fiction writing the Rice King Series, a collection based on Charleston townsfolk. He knew his stuff. Check him out on Amazon..

David Henry Lucas

Charleston began as a walled city, similar to St. Augustine, Florida. 65% of the City is reclaimed from the sea and it lies on the largest earthquake fault of the east coast. The last quake was in 1886 and the destruction catastrophic. Historical preservation began in this City and its strong influence remains. Enough fun facts, here are some beautiful homes viewed on the tour.

And here’s one for sale. What a great bed and breakfast this would make..

Behind these walls is a home to a celebrity whose name remains a secret.. Truth be told I asked three times but didn’t understand what was said. Have to take lessons to pick up the Southern drawl and then those masks, so needed but frustrating at times!

There also was an interesting section of the tour known as Goldsmith’s Row on Anson Street. These wood framed single homes were owned by predominantly Jewish families involved in business and the gold trade.

Aren’t they adorable? My ultimate home..

Many of Jewish descent lived in Charleston. One of our nation’s first synagogues is here. It is open for tours but was closed on the day of my visit.

After seeing the synagogue my eye caught a cemetery of interest. Always interested in these places as the stonework and history is fascinating.

Then I tried the church door and it opened..

to a lovely small church where I lit candles, made wishes, and said prayers. Been awhile since I’ve been inside of a church. Think that’s why God made internet masses. Every time you visit a new church make 3 wishes, it has always worked for me.. Give it a try and let me know.

And if St. Mary comes through a church donation is in her future. They currently have a building campaign so St. Mary think hard of my requests.

This concludes my short visit to Charleston. There is much more to see in this lovely City. Here are some ideas:

  • Boone Plantation
  • Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
  • Edmonston-Alston House


Carolina Cider Company

Came across this spot on Charleston Highway. It is an adorable store with tasty ciders, jams/jellies, honeys, candies, baked goods, BBQ sauces, and all sorts of gifts for the palate. The shop is a former gas station. What a great repurpose idea!

The Outside..
The Inside…

And while there check out the planter covered in license plates, have a cider, and rock a bit as time goes by..


Welcome to South Carolina

Stopped at the South Carolina Travel Center in Hardeeville, South Carolina. While not open at the hour I arrived many state tourism books were available outside the center.

Visitor Center
Nice picnic grounds

After taking a book I began a conversation with a friendly security guard which led me to my next venue.

While the Visitor Center was closed due to covid, this was a fun place for a walk with it’s beauty and many signs along the short trails. A great stop off with kids when you need to stretch your legs and get some fresh air.

Have the kids, (or even adults), try to locate songbirds, animal tracks, Spanish moss in the trees, and wetlands.

Quite an engaging path..
Spanish Moss

Can’t recall what these two are, however they are simply lovely.


And of course if anything is learned in this visit, it is the name of this culprit….

Poison Ivy

So, make the stop, walk the trails, and take a break…

I guarantee you’ll be glad you did…

Off to North Carolina

Have accepted a travel nurse gig in North Carolina. Left at 4:45 a.m. to travel to this next adventure. Spent my last Florida day walking the beach, soaking up the sun, and treating myself to a brownie hot fudge sundae. The condo remains in renovation state, however, between Steve and my daughter it will come together. Much progress has been made and those who follow have seen the blogs.

The 600 mile trek was an easy one with clear skies and little traffic. The 2 1/2 hours to the Florida border was easy and have my fingers crossed this will continue for the entire journey. Entering Georgia I noted this overhead sign,

“You’all don’t litter.”

This was a welcomed sign as in traveling through our beautiful country I have noted a horrific build up in trash along our roads. Since I am old and was indoctrinated under Lady Bird Johnson’s, “Keep America Beautiful,” campaign, this litter distresses me. It also causes brings to mind hygiene as we are in the midst of a pandemic and would this trigger another??

In Florida, they often have inmate work crews handling this task. While this doesn’t resolve the problem it does help.

On to North Carolina…

Next: Sheet Rock

With electrical and plumbing completed the next step of closing those holes begins. I have learned from the handyman and friend I hired this is quite a process. The sheet rock needs to be screwed into the joists, the walls muded, the joints taped. then muded again, sanded, and only then can you start to paint. WHEW!

Nice job, wouldn’t you say?

Thanks, Steve

Cabinetry delivery is behind schedule. With covid these deliveries are lagging due to factory worker illness. So if conducting a renovation take that into account. Since I have started another travel nurse gig arrangements were made for delivery acceptance and installation. That said no final pics will be available till the fall.

Stay tuned.

My currently unemployed daughter and son in law will be doing this deed.

Thanks, guys.