My wife’s birthday was this week, and since she’s never been to Charleston before, we decided to correct that oversight.
Our first night in town, we decided to head to Folly beach for dinner since it was so close. That’s a happening place! We visited the pier and ate at Pier 101. After dinner, we sat on the pier and ate ice cream while we enjoyed the views and the salty breezes.
In the last few years, we’ve discovered our son loves to visit museum ships. His favorite by far has to be the USS NORTH CAROLINA (BB-55), a WWII battleship. Before going on the trip, we noticed on the map there was museum ship in the area, so we decided to take him. Little did we know at the time, there was actually three museum ships there!
- USS YORKTOWN (CV-10) – The biggest of the three museum ships was the WWII era aircraft carrier. The Yorktown was huge! Our son had us winding through every nook and cranny that ship had to offer. I never realized it would have so many tiny staircases! I loved getting to see the F4U Corsair they had aboard.
- USS LAFFEY (DD-724) – The WWII era destroyer was an interesting ship to tour. It’s the most decorated destroyer still in existence. She suffered kamikaze attacks but still managed to survive.
- USS CLAMAGORE (SS-343) – We were all shocked to find out one of the museum ships was a diesel powered WWII/Cold War era submarine. You had to be tiny to get through that ship! I couldn’t imagine serving long stints of time aboard her. Unfortunately, due to her condition and the costs to repair her, she’s slated to take one final voyage next year to Florida where she’ll be scuttled to become an artificial reef. It’s sad to see history slip away like that.
Needless to say, my son was THRILLED to visit Patriot’s Point.
One of the things my wife was most excited to do was visit the Charleston Tea Plantation located on Wadmalaw Island. It’s the only large-scale commercial tea plantation in the United States. We got see the tea factory, ride a trolley around the grounds, visit their green house and of course, try tea to our heart’s content.
Kiawah Beachwalker Park
After visiting the tea plantation, we went a couple of islands over to Kiawah to visit Beachwalker Park. We’d heard good things about the place but we were surprised to find it hidden amongst wealthy private communities. Beachwalker Park wasn’t that big and felt very manicured. Heck, the only shells on the beach were from baby clams! I have to say I didn’t care for it much and that’s coming from someone who LOVES beaches.
Another place my wife wanted to visit was the SC aquarium. It wasn’t quite as big as the GA aquarium in Atlanta but it was still very cool to visit. They held stingray feedings, which my wife and son got to do. It also served as a sea turtle hospital, which meant we got to see several of their turtle patients. We got to see an albino alligator too! One of the coolest things about the place was all the BricksALIVE LEGO work that one of their employees did to decorate the aquarium. It was pretty impressive!
This beach was a bit a drive compared to all the other places we went but I think it was worth the drive. There was plenty of beach access and the beaches weren’t too crowded. It wasn’t the normal kind of beach I’m used to, between the jetties every 50 yards and the not so gentle slope into deeper water once you got in. But you know what? I liked it the most out of the three beaches we visited. We even had a dolphin swim by! I’d go back again.
Even though we had a busy trip to the Low Country, I still managed to get 14 pages written this week. That brings me to a grand total of 34 pages total so far for camp. My actual goal was 31 pages for camp, which equates to a page a day. I blew that goal out of the water! Since I can’t validate just yet, I’m going to keep adding to my page count or at the very least, try to catch up on typing all those handwritten pages out. I am SO behind in that area!
It’s been a pretty darn good week. Huzzah!