Tuesday, July 16, 2013

beach bums

Reunited and it feels so good!  I'm finally home from my family trip to Charleston and solo trip to Indianapolis.  It's been a whirlwind two weeks, but I feel like I got to see and do so many things!

First, the boys (our honorary nephews) came to South Carolina for a week.  We've been experiencing an incredible amount of rain this summer...at least every other day.  It was no surprise that their first two days here were spent inside because of torrential downpours.  But we had games and movies, so we still had fun.  When the skies cleared, we headed to Jocassee Gorge.

Todd and I love Jocassee (by where "Deliverance" was filmed) because it's never very crowded and the water is so clear and clean.  In the shallow parts, it's turquoise.

There's a great view, too.

We brought our snorkels, but there were too many sediments in the water because of all the rain.  Still, we gave it a try.  Two thumbs up for effort!

Mostly we splashed...

...and splashed some more.

It's hard to tell with teenage boys, but I'm pretty sure they had fun!

Next, we headed for the coastal city of Charleston.  First stop:  the beach.  I love all the green surrounding the coastline!

It's so different from the northern west coast beaches I'm used to.  The water is warm, like bathwater, and there isn't a rock to be seen.  The drop off is very gradual, too.

It was so beautiful!

On the way back to our car, I couldn't help but notice the palm trees.  They line the streets everywhere, and seem to be in everyone's yard.

We have palm trees in our upstate city, but not like this!

We drove over the big bridge that connects old town to new town...

We didn't have time to walk around on this trip, but I saw a lot of placed I'd like to go back to!

The second day, we headed down to the harbor to catch a ferry to Ft. Sumpter.  I loved seeing all the boats...

...and the interesting birds.

Goodbye, Charleston harbor!

The first shot of the Civil War happened at Ft. Sumpter.  It's only accessible by boat, and seems isolated and lonely, with nothing but the Atlantic Ocean all around.

The black part you see above was added at a later date, but those front brick walls are all original, and supposedly the cannons are, too.

It's hard to imagine this peaceful harbor full of attacking boats!

All in all, it was a great trip, but I'm glad to be home again. 

Hope you have a great week!

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