Charleston, SC – February 2016
First – a little update….
We have fallen a little behind in posting, mainly because we have been so busy! We are both working from the road which is fun but takes time, and we have spent the past two weeks straight hanging out with friends and family in Atlanta, Nashville and then Knoxville. It has been a blast and we are so thankful to be able to live this lifestyle which allows us such freedom.
I should have believed all the other long-term travelers who encourage newbies to avoid making plans since they are bound to change. Sure enough, ours have changed significantly in the past couple months. Our current travel plans involve mainly travel in North America and less overseas than initially planned. This is for two reasons mainly – 1) we started an online business at the end of last year which, while it allows us to earn money even while we are sleeping, does work best from a base in the US; and 2) – we are bringing our dogs Nick and Nora with us!
Anyhow, we have gotten into the swing of things and are coming around to the philosophy of planning less and living in the moment more!
… and now onto Charleston:
We loved it! I think that this is the first time either of us has stayed in one place for a full month while traveling (excluding study abroad and work experiences). We picked the very historic Charleston, SC to avoid the winter weather elsewhere. It was a real shock to the system to go from a month in sunny Hawaii to playing in (and shoveling) 6 inches of snow in Nashville for a couple days, to a comfortably cool Charleston immediately after.
In terms of activities in Charleston, we found plenty to explore and enjoy in our month long stay. It felt great to have the extra time so we could balance work with play. We did have some cold and rainy days too so we felt a lot better about staying inside than we would have if we were visiting for just a week or so.
It turns out Charleston is a great home base for various daytrips in the area. We took numerous tours outside the downtown area to Mt Pleasant, Johns Island, Folly beach and other parts north. We meant to get out to Edisto island for Mayne to relive some old family vacations but we ran out of time and it didn’t happen.
Speaking of Nick and Nora, we all enjoyed having some “family” travel time together. I know human parents hate it when dog owners say it, but our dogs are like little furry children to us, and we loved being able to explore and experience the world through their eyes. We spent many hours on jogs and walks and searching for squirrels among the many trees in Charleston. The dogs do great in most respects while traveling with us – whether it is riding in their crate in the car or hanging out in the house while we are out shopping and exploring. The only downside was having to wait outside of certain stores which weren’t dog friendly.
Here are some pics of our pups
Of course, our favorite activity in a new town is exploring the new places to eat and drink! Elisa has a new passion for pastries and we found the Wild Flour Pastry bakery to be our favorite. Here are some shots of our tasty treats (and some for the pups):
We were also impressed with the low-country food, particularly the southern cuisine. It was a little hearty and at least one of us gained a few pounds after our stay 🙂 It was fun to try out the numerous varieties of grits and biscuits.
On the topic of food, a can’t miss is a low-country oyster boil. It’s all you can eat “local” oysters and, while its some work, worth the effort. This was news to us, but the local oysters are not what you get at a nice seafood restaurant. Rather, they grow in clumps, might be covered in mud and muck, and one might imagine are something that grows on pilings below a bridge somewhere. All that said, they were scrumptious.
We will leave you will some nature photos. It wasn’t the prettiest time of year to visit but I am sure glad it wasn’t hot and muggy like in the summer.
Coming up next is our week in Savannah..