We walked the Ravenel Bridge Walk and waved to a freighter captain who passed beneath us. The weather was warm enough for shorts and a breeze blew in from the Atlantic. We golfed at Patiot's Point and took a cooking class on low country dishes. We had dinner at a very nice restaurant, courtesy of our kids who had purchased a gift certificate on line, and thoroughly enjoyed mussels, a duck and sausage cassoulet and salmon at 39 Rue de Jean
. Another day we toured the WWII battleship Yorktown and were lucky enough to have a Pacific Theatre vet tell us of his exploits, adventures and misadventures while in the service on board a sister ship, the Randolph. We also ducked and weaved through the uncomfortably small spaces of the moored submarine and the larger but more threatening destroyer, USS Laffey. There was more seafood at The Wreck, a restaurant with a red door but no sign outside and grits for every breakfast we ate out! Charleston has a wonderful, free annual event called Happy New Year, Charleston! It is centered around Marion Square and there is something for everyone. We swayed to Gospel singing in a downtown church, listened to cool jazz under a white tent and laughed through an audience participation comedy group as they improvised. There was children's face painting, African drummers, food and lighting displays. The night ends early, at 10:30, so we had time to get back home and play some cards with friends before toasting the New Year. My husband always plays Old Lang Syne on his trumpet at midnight and we didn't see any reason to spare the good people of Charleston, so he played! We played a championship game of cards the next morning before cleaning up and taking off for Cleveland. Not needing to rush on New Year's day, we stayed over in Beckley, West Virginia and arrived home on Tuesday.
Christmas in Cleveland with family was the appetizer to a wonderful fare course traversing 1900 miles and seven states! We stopped first in Nashville to visit with a daughter and celebrate her upcoming birthday. Another overnight stop in Crossville, Tennessee gave us a chance to visit with old Cleveland friends. Then, on to the beach and New Year's Eve! We were House Sitting for a real estate agent in her gorgeous Charleston home with the duty of minding her adorable one year old Bichon. This was arranged through Realtyhomeclub.com, a listing service with a Bed and Breakfast Club, House Sitting and Home Exchange Posting Pages exclusively for real estate agents and brokers.