Sometimes time just get's away from you and this has been one of those times. Our week in Sunset Beach,North Carolina was spent just kinda hanging around taking a couple trips to the Beach. We decided to just buy a new spare for the trailer right now and get to Florida before buying new tires.We ordered the tire at Coastal Tire Company and pulled it to their shop on the day we left for Charleston to have it installed.They did a great job for us and the bill was less than we expected so that started our day off in the right direction. Our trip was only a little over 120 miles so we were in no hurry but ultimately were glad we got a somewhat early start as we had several small towns to go through at 35 MPH. That put us in Charleston at the Oak Plantation RV Park around 1 p.m. I must add, Sally our GPS system is NOT a Southern girl.We have had to rely on paper maps more than once since coming south.She is two years old and needs updated or replaced but she works most of the time so we will hang on to her.No Sally, Wal-Mart is not on that Highway overpass!
We had only planned on two days in Charleston but extended one day because we wanted to take a second tour that interested us.The first one was a points of interest tour of downtown Charleston and the tour guide was very informative.The only complaint I have is the tour was time scripted so there weren't many opportunities to ask questions as the bus had to keep on the move by City Ordinance.We were able to make one stop at the Harbor to get better pictures.
Beautiful Old Buildings
Old Fire tower used to watch for fires in early years
No building can be taller than this SteepleCobblestone street used to be a canal
Firehouse still in operation
Modern trucks are built to fit doors so they can keep historic value
I like the idea they preserved the history of the city.
The next day we drove back to Charleston Harbor and boarded a ferry to go to Fort Sumpter National Monument.This fort is the spot where the first shots were fired in the Civil War.They preserved as much as possible after the war damage.
Sail Boat we passed on way back to dock
U.S.S. Yorktown National Museum
Both these Tours are well worth the money and we enjoyed them a lot.Both can be done in one day but we don't like to leave Buddy alone that long and the tour company gives you the option of splitting the tours even though it's a package deal.
Our next stop is Hardeeville RV Park near Hardeeville, South Carolina.It's actually closer To Savannah,Georgia which is what we wanted.Our site is big and nicely shaded but I did have to put the Satellite dish about 50 feet away in a clearing to get a good signal.I knew carrying all that extra cable would pay off some day. This is a good spot to stay to visit Savannah and the area.
Our first day trip was a visit to Hilton Head Island to play on the beach.Hilton Head is pretty upper class but very nice and accessible. Of course Linda loves the ocean and the beach and Buddy likes going even though he won't go in the water.It's fun to watch him go to the edge of the water and then run when the waves come in.
Public Beach Entrance
Yesterday we decided to drive over to Tybee Island to see how it compared to Hilton Head. Maybe it's just us but we were not impressed at all.We never could find access to the Beach without having to pay to park(that's not happening), so we did drive around a little to find the Lighthouse that was supposed to be there which we did find traveling through some somewhat run down neighborhoods.The whole area had that abandoned feel and we kinda see why.
Since that was a little disappointing we decided to stop in Savannah and park downtown and do our own walking tour of the area.Linda had wanted to eat at one of Paula Deans Restaurants but it is so popular the reservation process is way to involved to mess with so we settled for taking pictures and walking around downtown Savannah.
The Lady and Sons Restaurant
Ellis Square, Savannah
Very pet friendly
Me and Marilyn
Linda,Buddy and Flower Wagon
Bar called 'The Velvet Elvis"
We enjoyed our own little self guided tour and even though we didn't get the commentary of a structured tour we got the feel of the city and saved $ 50.00 which is a good thing. In a couple days we will be moving on to our winter home this year in Wilderness RV Park in Silver Springs, Florida.Later on my cousin Laurel and her Husband Ron are going to join us for a while so we can enjoy the sights of Florida together.We are looking forward to it. I'm going to work hard on getting a good price on a ticket to the Daytona 500 in February.I would really like to go but some of the prices I've seen so far make it prohibitive.We will just cross that bridge when we get there.Until next time we will continue Chasing A Rainbow.