Hello there, friend! I’m so glad you could stop by this morning – you’re just in time for a fresh pot of coffee. I’ve a lot to share, and at the same time, not a whole lot to share. You see, I’ve spent the majority of the week on vacation.
Could you tell? You might have had a clue if you followed me on Instagram or if you’re friends with Krystal on Facebook. On the whole, though, we kept it relatively low-key on social media. We wanted to enjoy our time together with each other and with her parents rather than keeping our feeds updated. Of course, what that means now that we’re home is that we’ve dozens of pictures to edit and share. OK, so Krystal has many more than I do, but she’s the one that’s had photography classes.
We drove down to Charleston, SC. On the way, we stopped at a Denny’s in Myrtle Beach, where Krystal showed she’s still a kid at heart. Construction slowed us down somewhat, so when we arrived at our hotel – which was amazing, Krystal did a great job finding a good deal at a fabulous location – we went for supper and walked the nearby piers. I should point out that we’ve been saving up for this trip for a while, so we ate a places and did things we would otherwise not have been able to if this had been a spur-of-the-moment trip. It felt good! Tonight, I had the swordfish at the resort restaurant. Yum!
We spent the day touring Middleton Place, a plantation that almost survived the Civil War. Since Krystal began working at Tryon Palace, she’s more open to visiting other historic sites. Sometimes she even finds one she wants to visit, and this was one of them. The day was overcast and we dealt with sporadic rain, but that was just fine with us: we wouldn’t have to fight an oppressive, beating sun. Krystal found a kindred spirit in the blacksmith shop, as the site blacksmith had a similar background and experience as her. He found it amazing that we have the documentation allowing Krystal to be a blacksmith on site – many don’t have that luxury. That night we ate at Bubba Gump’s, where I had the fish and chips.
We took breakfast at the resort restaurant again, where I had the Greek yogurt with sliced fruit and toast – and coffee, of course! Then, we walked the market and shopping district of downtown Charleston. It had rained quite heavily, and at times I had to take off my shoes and socks to cross the street. No wonder, as when we visited the Exchange Building our guide told us Market Street used to be a river! We ate at Blossom, where I had the blue crab ravioli – delicious! Then we took an evening harbor cruise – it was a good experience, even if I did feel slightly seasick at times.
Look at the dolphins!
All good things must come to an end, but we took our time going home. We stopped at nearby Shem’s Creek and Sullivan’s Island and ate at a restaurant called Acme Lowcountry Kitchen. My sandwich was the “Ultimate BLT” with bacon, lettuce, fried green tomato, pimento cheese, and prosciutto. We stopped again in Myrtle Beach to stretch our legs, and again closer to home to eat supper at Bojangles. We finally arrived home around 11.
Needless to say, Smokey is glad to see us 🙂