Charleston, SC

Last April, our friends Darcy and Kyle moved to South Carolina. Much to our chagrin. Having not seen them since they moved, we decided to take advantage of our time off around New Year’s Day and visit them. It was so, so, so good.

We hit the road early in the morning, and followed our trusty GPS app southward. By the time we got to southern Ohio and the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, it started getting rather beautiful. Checking the GPS, I realized we were going to be ridiculously close to the Smokey Mountains. Bob had never been, so we had to stop. Obviously. The closer we got, the more overcast and rainy it became. I feared our detour was for naught. I was wrong. This is what greeted us halfway up the mountain:

IMG_20141230_165254At a very specific altitude, the fog cleared and turned into the most beautiful frost clinging to the trees.

We kept going, and the fog returned, so we didn’t get to enjoy the amazing views from Newfound Gap. I kept telling Bob, “If you look this way, you have the most amazing view of the mountains.” In reality, all we could see was a cloud. I guess we’ll just have to go back again!

The other side of the mountain made up for it, and we were treated to this:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe got to Darcy and Kyle’s house late that first night, and fell asleep in relatively short order.

Our first day there was New Year’s Eve. We enjoyed a leisurely morning, and walked the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge in the afternoon. It was a gorgeous sunny day, so we took our time, and stopped often to watch the dolphins playing in the water below.

???????????????????????????????New Year’s Eve fun ensued into the evening. We went to a house party of some of their friends, and then went to a restaurant-turned-club to ring in the New Year.

The next day, we wandered around downtown. Charleston is such a cool city. It’s very walkable and fun to explore. Plus, palm trees!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIMG_0752That evening, we grilled a seafood feast–oysters, swordfish, and salmon. Thanks for cooking, guys!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter dinner, we hopped in the bus to go to a tap house for some beer. Every Thursday night, this tap house (Homegrown Brewhouse in Summerville) does a Kick the Keg event. They sell pours of whatever keg they’re trying to empty at a hefty discount. Once it’s empty, they move on to the next keg. As a result, you never know what you’re going to end up drinking, but it makes for an adventure and is the perfect opportunity to try something new.

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Our last day in South Carolina, we hopped on a boat and went to see Fort Sumter. I was reminded of my days in US History, and re-learned Fort Sumter is where the Civil War began. The Confederates in Fort Johnson started firing on the Union Fort Sumpter in April of 1861, and thus ensued 4 years of war.

???????????????????????????????OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe took the boat back, and wrapped up our last day in Charleston by going out to eat and then staying up late chatting over drinks.

Though Charleston is a really fun area to explore, my favorite part of this trip was spending so much quality time with such good friends. We might just have to make this a tradition…. Thanks for being great hosts and tour guides, friends!

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