View from Waterfront Park

Revisting Charleston, SC

Sometimes it’s hard to believe it’s been 3 years since we decided to truly embrace our nomadic ways. While we traveled a lot before the RV, it was in dribs & drabs – week vacations at a time or a weekend getaway.

We bought the RV in Georgia in February 2011, and our ‘shakedown trip’ was to Charleston and Savannah. In the summer.  (Smart!)

We had a lot of ups & downs during that trip in 2011. When we started out, we couldn’t tow since we were having issues with the lights working on the Jeep – but we were excited we made it! We were happy to find a dog friendly beach at Kiawah and loved walking around downtown Charleston and seeing the amazing homes. We did some more sightseeing and had our first on the road shop visit for the Jeep. On our way to Savannah we had more Jeep issues, and between that & the heat that we didn’t know how to deal with yet in the RV, it was a long, exhausting trip. (in fact, on the way back we even had an emergency stop because the generator stopped working – 100 degrees in an RV with no AC and 4 animals = fun)

Streets of Charleston
Streets of Charleston

RVing can still be a challenging mode of travel, as 100% of the time only 80% of your stuff works, but we’ve gotten a lot better at it, and taking things in stride.

View from Waterfront Park
View from Waterfront Park

It was nice this time around to visit Charleston and not have to worry about if the Jeep will start up & get us back to the RV, or will the air conditioners keep working so we don’t come back to roasted cats.

Sweet little number on the streets of Charleston
Sweet little number on the streets of Charleston

We visited a lot of the same areas as last year in the city, but one of the biggest reasons we made the drive – a visit to the Apple store. It was time for Keith to upgrade his computer!

All in all a great day walking around a great city with Keith & Samantha.

Sunset over the Cape Fear River

We’ve never been to Wilmington… right?

It was going to be a sunny, but chilly day. A perfect day for a car ride. I looked at the map trying to decide where to go – a place where we’ve never been before.

I read up on a cute town called Southport and then mentioned to Keith we would be so close to Wilmington, that we should visit there as well. You know, because we had never been.

We drove along the coast and in Southport, stopped to walk around & have lunch. As we were driving into town, we drove past several failed subdivisions – a sign the expectation this area would boom a bit more than it did.

View from our lunch spot
View from our lunch spot

Southport was a great spot to walk around in & we spent a few hours wandering around with Samantha. We ate at The Cape Fear Restaurant and Lounge which had a dog friendly patio & soaked in the sunshine.

Then, a little later than expected, we started the drive to Wilmington. Before crossing the bridge to the city, we stopped for an outside view of the USS Carolina.  Not the in depth tour we did when we visited the USS Texas, but still neat to see.

Keith & Sammie checking out the USS Carolina
Keith & Sammie checking out the USS Carolina

Then, it was over the bridge to Wilmington.

Sunset over the Cape Fear River
Sunset over the Cape Fear River

As we drove through town towards the Riverwalk, nothing seemed to look familiar. We parked and started walking the few blocks to the river and when we turned the corner the conversation went something like this:

K: We’ve been here before.

T: Really? I don’t think so – it hasn’t rung a bell since we decided to drive up.

K: No, really we’ve been here before – in fact we ate at this restaurant. With Samantha.

T: I really don’t think…wait. That’s where we saw the alligator. You’re right – how the hell…

We spent the next few hours walking up & down the entire length of the Riverwalk trying to determine exactly when we visit, while completing an Ingress mission.

T: Did we stop on our way down to visit your hometown of Beaufort?

K: No, we had Samantha with us, so it had to have been in the last 8 years.

T: Ummm. Was it this time? this one? (good gravy we’ve been up & down this coast)

K: I think it was when we visited Raleigh.

T: That doesn’t seem right – we visited a nearby beach, Raleigh and Durham and only had a week – how did we have time for Wilmington?

Walking along the Riverfront
Walking along the Riverfront

Thank goodness for digital photography complete with time stamps. We did in fact visit Wilmington before, as well as Kure beach in 2009. The pictures seemed to indicate we liked it then & we liked it again this time.

It’s a big reason why I blog – it’s not really to sell anyone on visiting a place – rather it’s a brain dump journal of sorts that we can search on later. Because it’s quite obviously something we need.

Now along with phrase ‘Florida cold‘ we have ‘Cause we’ve never been there’ to use.

My loves.

Myrtle Beach via Instagram

Being steps away from the beach has its advantages – mostly in seeing the sky change and being able to run to the water to snap some shots! These are a few I recently posted to Instagram- enjoy!

View from the dunes
View from the dunes
Atlantic ocean from the dunes
Atlantic ocean from the dunes
View of a pier on a foggy day
View of a pier on a foggy day
Birds in flight over the Atlantic
Birds in flight over the Atlantic
Reflections of a Palm Tree
Reflections of a Palm Tree
Sunset over the Atlantic
Sunset over the Atlantic
Amazing skies
Amazing skies
My loves.
My loves.
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