Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
9Trip End Dec 15, 2009
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Where I stayed
The Mills House Hotel
The first area I hit up during daylight hours was the River Walk because I was on a specific mission. I stopped to look at an old ship docked on the river and to talk to a homeless lady. I walk around in general assuming everyone I come into contact with is a predator or a crazy. The south is making me let down that 'don't you dare talk to me' facade. These people are just chatty (generalization). My ultimate destination was Savannah's Candy Kitchen
Savannah has just as much charm in the daytime as it did at night and I spent the remainder of my time there meandering the streets and the creepy cemetery. This city is definitely a tourist destination; ideal for a long weekend getaway...I'll be back.
The 45 minute drive up to Beaufort was pleasant. Along the highway was scenic, with marshland and open water. The area right before Beaufort had me worried because it was developed and unappealing, but downtown Beaufort was worth the stop. Situated on the water, the main street has plenty of cute shops worth window-shopping and I managed to find some peppermint ice cream to take down to the water. The shoreline was well groomed and several swinging benches lined the walkway for visitors just like me. Today was windy and temperatures were only in the 50s (compared to yesterdays 70s), but the sun was still warm and lets not forget that I eat ice cream year-round. It could have been in the 30s and I probably still would have purchased ice cream...I would have just eaten it in the car overlooking the water instead
I made an out-of-the-way stop for an Alvin Ords cheese sandwich that Kris recommended and it was worth any detour! Mmm...who knew a cheese sandwich could be so scrumptious. Yes, Kisa, it has changed my life.
It was less than two hours to Charleston and I found that my apprehensions about entering a bigger city were futile. The downtown are is quint and easily navigatable. There buildilngs are reasonable sized - no towering skyscrapers to block views. I'm staying at the historical Mills House hotel and am able to walk everywhere worth going. Tonight I checked out the Old City Market and wandered down to the pier, where I saw dolphins cruising for their dinner. I intentionally didn't bring a map this time so I could explore street by street until I found my way back. This strategy led me to the Charleston Beer Exchange so it must have been a divine plan. As I was exploring, I found interesting alleys and elaborate iron-type balcony railings. In this city it's necessary to stay attentive at all times or else miss something worthwhile.
I think last night is taking its toll so I'm catching up on downloading photos, emails and the remaining road trip plans. Tomorrow I'll keep exploring Charleston and venture out to a nearby plantation. I'm already not looking forward to the long drive I have planned for Saturday...thank goodness for NPR. They deserve a donation after the hours I've logged with them this trip!