Monday, April 19, 2010


Ninety five miles south of Myrtle Beach brought us to the James Island County Park at Charleston, SC. This place is incredible. One of the best places we've stayed in yet. There are miles of walking trails, 16 acres of freshwater fishing lakes, a water park with slides and pool, a climbing wall, and special areas for dogs, one for small dogs and one for big dogs (so the big ones don't eat the small ones). All of this costs $32 a night for seniors.

Of course it helps that it is only a 10 minute drive to old town Charleston and there is a shuttle service from the park to make that easier.

Old Charleston is wonderful. We took a carriage ride to orient ourselves and then spent the rest of the day walking around. It was an 18356 step day which translates to just over 7 miles.

Charleston is the second most haunted city in country. Savannah is the first and we're headed there next. The old houses all have stories. Some have been turned into museums, but most are lived in today either single family or having been turned into condos. Looking in the window of a real estate office showed that most list for several million. Even the condos go for more than one million dollars. Broad Street divides the Old Town Charleston into two distinct areas. North of Broad live the "haves". South of Broad live the "have mores".

Fort Sumpter, an island in the entrance to Charleston harbor, was the starting place for the civil war. South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union over the issue of state's rights and slavery.

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