Charleston 2008, Days Two & Three

Day 2, in Charleston, was a little relaxed.

We ate breakfast at James Island Campground’s world famous pancake breakfast.

On Sundays from 8:00am to 9:30am they host a breakfast in the activity center.

They serve pancakes, sausage, cereal, milk, juice and coffee.

 

After that, we went to the Coastal Carolina Flea Market.

 

What can I say, it was a flea market. We got some pretty good deals!

Day 3, we were on the go!

One of the main attractions in downtown Charleston is, The Market.

 

There are five buildings, I think, I forgot to count them. They are built end to end, seperated by cobblestone streets. Which are lower than the buildings. They hold water when it rains, until the water drains. So if it’s a downpour, it is flooded between the buildings. I got caught in that last year. I’ll tell you about it sometime.

The buildings are original and were used to house the slaves when brought into town for sale. I’m not exactly proud of that, but it is part of the history of our great country.

It is an open air market with vendors galore. There are a few enclosed air conditioned shops and restrooms. But for the most part it is open and hot.

I especially like the artisans. These are sweet grass basket weavers. This art has been handed down over the years. The weavers sit at every entrance and exit, weaving and displaying their baskets for sale.

Here, you can buy jewelry, nick nacks, leather goods, clothing, basketry, food, hats, historical books…

Here are a few more pictures I took, showing the original brickwork, iron gates and such.

This is a small closet built into the corner of one of the buildings. I wonder what it was used for? Solitary confinement? Or, was it even built at the time the slave trade market was in use for housing the slaves?

 

This would be the view of those imprisoned there, minus the paved roads, cars and fancy store fronts.

When going to Charleston, you step back in time. I try to imagine how things looked 100 years ago.

I am especially interested when I run across pictures of how it was.

I hope you enjoyed “The Market” tour.

Tomorrow? What makes me smile!

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Charleston 2008, Day One, Cont.

Now that you know we arrived in Charleston with a few more Fencepost Adventures under our belt…

Here is where we stayed.

After setting up the camper.

We walked the dogs. Do ya think they’re trying to tell me something? 

And began exploring the campground.

They have a lot to offer here. It’s not on the beach, but it’s close. They have a shuttle that will drop you off in downtown Charleston or at Folly Beach and pick you up about 4 hours later. Pretty cool if you don’t know you way around or you don’t want to fight the traffic. Charleston is a major tourist destination, so there is a lot of traffic.

We are lucky enough to have our own personal tour guide. My FIL and MIL have been to Charleston many times and they know their way arround. They know quite a bit of the history, too.

I won’t bore you with all the little details of our trip, but I’ll be your tour guide and show you all the interesting things that we encountered on our trip.

Until tomorrow…

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Charleston 2008, Day One

Where do I begin?

We went to so many places and I took WAY too many pictures.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed searching for the perfect scenes and capturing them. Making time stand still for just a moment.

First, let me tell you…

Everywhere we go, we have adventures. We have dubbed them “The Fencepost Adventures”.

With that said…

10:30 am, we pull out. On our way to Charleston, SC.

Adventure #1:

While still in the driveway, we notice that my in-law’s motorhome is dragging their bikes. They were mounted too low. We stop, take them off the motorhome and put them in the back of our truck with our bikes. And no, I didn’t get pictures.

And we’re off.

 Again.

This was my view all the way to Charleston, SC.

Until…

Adventure #2:

A blow out on the motorhome. New tires, less than 2,000 miles on them. And one blows.

When a tire blows on a motorhome, atleast in their experience, it tears up things under the motor home.

Like the exhaust pipe.

And insulation and wiring under the motorhome. This was mild compared to their first blow out experience.

This was my view for the next two and a half hours.

While waiting for the “side of the road” tire replacer guy.

Adventure #3:

When getting out of the motorhome to inspect the damage done by the blow out…

one of my in-law’s dogs runs out out of the motorhome door.

Not the mild, come when called, dog.

Oh, noooo! The wide open, spastic, young, I hear you, but I ain’t coming, dog. We were scared she would run out into the non-stop, 80 mph traffic. But all went well, she just had to do her business. Then she went to Momma. And after a stern “talking to” by Dad, back into the motorhome she went.

So, after the tire was changed, and a million pictures were taken…

 we’re off.

 Again.

With no more “adventures” the rest of the trip into Charleston.

So, now that you know how the trip to Charleston went, I can get on with the rest of the visit.

Stay tuned…

Tomorrow, we arrive at the campground.

Ya’ll come back, now! Ya hear!

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