Winter World of Beer Tour (Days 12-16)
Saturday January 16
We were eagerly headed south to Charleston, SC, where we were crossing our fingers for some warmer temps.
We ended up getting an offer via e-mail from a Northern Michigan couple, Kyle & Darcie, who now lived just north of Charleston to crash in their driveway. They had been referred to our website from Darcie’s father, who saw the headline on MSN.
They had invited a couple of friends over, asked if we wanted to join them for dinner, and we ended up having an awesome night hanging out, eating good food and talking. Kyle and Darcie are building their own version of a tiny house by converting an old VW bus into a living space. They said their dream was to do a year long trip, but they weren’t sure where to yet. This is their rig:
Sunday January 17
After a few cups of hot, fresh coffee, Kyle and Darcie invited us on a walk, and we eagerly took advantage of the nice morning to stretch our legs, of course, with the dogs in tow.
After the walk we were headed to Awendaw, just north of Charleston. We stayed that night at Francis Marion National Forest. It was situated right on the intercostal waterway, which we were told was prime fishing. We just enjoyed being near the water!
Francis Marion National Forest. Gorgeous stay last night! The dogs loved the open space, we met some wonderful people camping next to us. Thankfully didn't see any snakes or gators and enjoyed the clear, starry night. #liveoutside #getoutstayout #sawyerthedog #dougthedog #southcarolina #nationalforest #rvlifestyle #paygasnotrent #pgnr
Monday January 18
We had a slow morning, yet an early morning. At 7am Curtiss took the boys out and I got up and started a breakfast crockpot. This was a new experiment for us! We threw in eggs, sausage, green and yellow peppers, hash browns and a touch of milk. It cooked for 3 hours, and smelled wonderful!
While we were waiting for it to finish we ended talking for quite a while with our neighbors, a couple who had retired in their mid-50’s and are now going on 8 years living in their RV. They bounce mostly between Colorado and South Carolina, but like most seasoned RVers had great tips for us on where to find free camping.
The crockpot breakfast was delicious! It filled us up, we took advantage of the showers, which never got hot, but at least cleaned us up. By noon we hit the road, headed just south of Charleston to a Harvest Host, Legare Farms, on Johns Island, SC. The trees in this area, and all over Charleston were breathtaking:
We dropped the trailer off on the farm and then headed into town. We had heard so much about Charleston we were eager to see the city!
We ended up walking about 4 miles through downtown. We walked the historic King St. shopping district, enjoyed Waterfront Park, and were in awe of all the historic colonial-style houses, horse-drawn carriages and hundred year old oak trees that lined the streets.
Our favorite part though, was that we had made it to the Atlantic Ocean!
Tuesday January 19
This morning we took advantage of a nearby coffee shop and cranked out a few hours of work. Once we finished we headed to Folly Beach!
Folly Beach reminded us a lot of Pacific Beach in California, where we were about 2 months ago, visiting my brother. It was a total surfer town, with beach attire clothing stores, great little hometown eateries and several bars that had crazy cheap happy hour prices, especially for canned domestics.
We had decided on spaghetti for dinner that night, so headed back around 5 to cook and eat before heading back into town for a ghost tour. I had scoured Groupon to see if there was any good deals, and we both agreed a tour of Charleston would be fun given the incredible history of the city- so what better way to experience the history than a ghost tour!
The ghost stories were what we anticipated them being- collections of ghost sightings backed up by real events that happened in the past. What we enjoyed most though was learning of the history sprinkled in throughout the tour. For example, this church was built in 1718, and is the oldest church in Charleston.
It withstood a massive earthquake in 1886, and during the civil war the city underwent 564 days of consecutive fire–yet no damage was ever done to the church.
Charleston’s downtown is riddled with old churches. The tour guide told us when she moved to Charleston she counted in the phone book the amount of churches in downtown and came up with 83. Not all have been here since the pre-1900’s era, but still fascinating that one city can have so many churches.
Whenever we get the chance to come back to Charleston we both agreed doing the history tour of the churches would be fascinating, as would the civil war tour and the tour of all the old houses.
Charleston is one of the richest cities we have visited yet! It’s even made its way on to the “we could live here” list.
Here are some of our pictures from the ghost tour:
Tonight we did a ghost tour of Charleston, SC. The ghost stories were what we expected, but the history throughout the tour was fascinating! The city is riddled with old churches, graveyards with tombstones dating back as far as mid-1600s, buildings and houses built in the 1700's, and old cobblestone streets, some parts still lit with gas lanterns. Well worth our time, and we even used a Groupon to do it! Cheers to saving money! #charlestonghosttour #groupon #ghosttour #hauntedcity #creepy #somuchhistory #charleston #southcarolina #paygasnotrent
Wednesday January 20
This morning was one of the most peculiar mornings we’ve had yet since traveling. We awoke to the sound of cows mooing…and we were pretty sure they were right outside the tiny house walls. I pulled back the curtain and there they were…staring…
We were baffled. Why would our Harvest Hosts let the cows graze in the field we were parked in? Given Doug’s intense interest in cows I told Curtiss I was not walking out there, 20 feet from 10 cows, with Doug on a leash. Instead, I made him drive down to the end of the farm road where we could safely walk the dogs.
As we are walking them we hear honking and mooing…which sounded very much like the cows were being herded via cars and trucks. Shortly there after we notice several cars and trucks driving and honking and people running, clearly herding the cows.
We got the dogs back in the truck, right before about 60+ cows came trotting our way. We drove back to the tiny house, parked and just laughed at what was happening. We were becoming surrounded by cows, sheep, pig and goats:
Come to find out, the cows, sheep, goats and pig had all escaped. Apparently this isn’t the first time the farm staff had awoken to empty pastures and had to spend their morning rounding the animals back up.
Once all the animals made their way back to the farm, Curtiss and I enjoyed a hearty pancake, egg and sausage breakfast. We cleaned the trailer and hit the road to knock a few more things off our “to see” list.
The first was Angel Oak, thanks to a tip from someone on Facebook. It was incredible! It’s estimated at 300-400 years old. I couldn’t get any great pics due to the shadows casted by the sun, but loved this one I found via Google Images:
Our second objective was to head back into downtown Charleston to see some of the graveyards we were told about the night before as part of the ghost tour, but weren’t able to see them due to the gates being locked.
As promised, they didn’t lost their creepiness in the daylight.
We were told the oldest marked headstone that’s still readable is dated back to the mid-1600’s. Looking at old tombstones continues to fascinate us. It really helps put in to perspective how many thousands upon thousands of people have lived befe us, and in a lot of ways, have fought for a lot of the freedoms we have today.
Wednesday night Curtiss had a show at Awendaw Green at The SeeWee Outpost. He was one of four bands featured in their weekly Wednesday night barn jam. This was a sweet spot!
It was an outdoor stage with seating in front of the stage. Behind the chairs were several different fire pits with benches or chairs surrounding them. There was pizza, a pig roast and even a vendor selling homemade dog treats!
Every week people gather to enjoy each others company and appreciate good music. Again, it was the perfect reprieve from the bar shows. In addition, we heard a handful of talented musicians, our favorite being, Pierce Edens. He was described to us as being “the most authentic person we’d ever meet.” We weren’t sure what that meant, but once we met him, we understood better. He had a specific sound to his music and when he spoke it was quick, had a touch of southern to it, and if you stopped listening for a second you’d miss what he was saying. He was the kind of performer where when he sang or played guitar you couldn’t take your eyes off of him. Not often do we get the chance to hear other performers play as Curtiss is often playing Thursday-Saturdays, so we had a blast being on the listening end.
I wasn’t able to capture many pictures, but here is a great painting featured on Awendaw Green’s website. It “paints” the picture perfectly of what the venue is like! 😉