Vacation

Our Trip To Charleston

OUR TRIP ToCHARLESTON

A few weeks ago I told y’all we were taking a weekend trip to Charleston with another couple. None of us had been before so we were excited to explore the town.

We rented a little house in Mount Pleasant through AirBnB and it was such a cute little place and in the perfect location. We were right by the beach so the town had a beachy feel to it and only about a 10 minute drive over a bridge to Downtown Charleston.

We got in around 6pm on Friday night and went straight to eat. We don’t mess around. We went to a little strip of restaurants on the Shem Creek and ate at Red’s Ice House. It was a cool little place with a bar outside and then a bar upstairs.

After dinner we went back to our rental house and played some games and went to bed so we could explore the next day.

In the morning, Mark and I were up earlier than our friends so we walked through the little neighborhood we were staying in. The houses were so cute and had a southern feel to them. I just loved them!

Once we were all awake and ready, we went into Downtown Charleston and I marched us straight into the visitors center. I do this pretty much everywhere I go because the employees typically know all the best places to eat at and see and you can get a map. I love maps. They all made fun of me because you can “just pull up a map on your phone,” but to me it isn’t the same as holding one in your hands.

We grabbed a quick breakfast at Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit (which is quite the suggestive name if you ask me). They had a bunch of yummy biscuits to choose from so we got an assortment (jam, cinnamon/sugar, pimento cheese, bacon). It was a super itty bitty little place to order food and no seating inside so we ate outside on the curb. Now that’s what I call “curbside to go” – hah!

After breakfast we were on the hunt for coffee. I believe we ended up at Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer if my memory serves me correctly (not that I indulged in the beer portion). We sipped our drinks out on the back patio for a bit and chatted, making a game plan for the day ahead of us.

We decided to roam around Charleston and just take in the sites. Charleston reminded me a lot of Savannah, but a little cleaner. We popped into a couple of shops and walked through the Farmer’s Market they had going on, but we mainly just walked around. We later discovered via the Health app on our phones that we walked about 22,000 steps that day. Crazy.

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We popped into Sticky Fingers for lunch and ate some BBQ and then went back to our house to get ready to go kayaking/paddle boarding on the Shem Creek.

The girls decided to take kayaks out on the creek and the boys chose paddle boarding (who is the smarter sex here?). As we paddled boarded out toward the ocean before going down a little side river we saw a few dolphins. I was so excited! I have never seen a dolphin that up close and personal in their natural habitat. It was amazing.

We kayaked for about 1.5 hours before we realized we had left behind one of our floating devices on a dock a while back (and by “we” I mean one of the boys). My friend and I decided we would pull up shop and watch for dolphins while the boys went back to get the float. In about a 20-30 minute time span we must have seen at least 20 dolphins. I think I screamed in excitement every time I saw one. It was definitely the highlight of the trip for me.

After we went home and showered, we got ready to go to dinner at Cru. I had read that it was really neat to go to Battery Street at sunset and walk along the street and see all the houses/ocean, so we did that before our dinner reservation. It was perfect timing because the sun was setting and made the prettiest sunset. The houses were also really big and had that southern charm (they are also probably haunted with about 100 ghosts each).

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Dinner at Cru was really good (and expensive). Afterward, we popped over to Kaminsky’s for dessert and Mark and I split a brownie sundae that was to die for. We didn’t even fight over sharing which is huge for us, we don’t share dessert very well.

The next morning we wanted to hit the road for home pretty early so we ate at Page’s Okra Grill in Mount Pleasant. It does have breakfast food even though the name doesn’t sound like it would. They seriously had the best pimento cheese grits I have ever had. (Side note: just about everything in Charleston comes with pimento cheese. We weren’t complaining).

Charleston was a really neat little town and it was the perfect getaway for us. Another city to check off our list :)

Our Mini Vacay: Blue Ridge

I know it seems like I dropped off the face of the earth, but that’s only because it feels like I’ve been dropped off the face of the earth.

I went in to substitute two weeks ago and left the school with some really great germs that gave me the world’s longest cold. I went to the doctor and they said I have an upper respiratory infection which basically means I’ve been coughing up a lung for two weeks. It was so bad at one point I told Mark I thought I had cracked a rib. I also sound like I have smoked a pack every day of my life and I haven’t slept in a week because when I lay down I cough every 10 seconds…fabulous.

But that didn’t stop me from having a good time this past weekend on our little trip to Blue Ridge in North Georgia.

I told y’all awhile back that Mark and I wanted to get away for a little bit but didn’t want to go too far. We asked our friends if they wanted to take a trip to the mountains and they were all for it. So we booked a cabin and off we went!

My grandparents live on a mountain that rents out cabins so we booked one of those and when we walked in they had left us some yummy treats from a local market. Mark and I were able to visit with them for a few hours before our friends got up to the mountain and it was wonderful to catch up :)

We brought Garth and Sophie and our friends brought their two dogs and they had the best time playing together. My dogs are still passed out from being so tired.

The cabin we stayed in was so cute and had four rocking chairs out on the back porch which we took full advantage of. Saturday morning we poured ourselves some iced coffee and just sat out back while the dogs ran around and played. The weather was perfect on Saturday – just cool enough that you weren’t cold but you weren’t sweating either.

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On Saturday we had booked a trip to Ocoee, Tennessee (which was only about 25 minutes away) to do some white water rafting.

I had been rafting two other times before and knew what to expect for the most part, so Mark and I decided to sit up front which we were told was the roughest spot to sit and gets the most wet (about halfway through I switched spots and let the boys both be up front). I don’t think it really mattered where you sat though because within 30 seconds of our trip down the Ocoee River we were in a Class 3 rapid and all pretty much soaking wet. The water was freezing and took your breath away at first but after being smashed in the face with rapids a few times, you really stopped noticing.

The other two times I had rafted I never thought I was going to fall out, but there were a few times on this trip that I was a little worried we were all going to go overboard and we watched quite a few rafts be over turned. There was one drag of the river where we all jumped in and swam – I lasted all of about one minute before Melissa had to hoist me back into the raft. As I was looking through pictures after, I noticed you can see Melissa struggling to pull me into the raft and was dying laughing. It really is not an easy task as I later had to pull Mark inside.

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Our helmets made us look like little minions!

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The whole group (and two randoms in the back and our guide)

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The boys hanging out. And poor Melissa struggling to pull me into the raft. I love that everyone else in the raft is just observing.

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When we got back to the cabin we immediately hopped in the jacuzzi to warm up.

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It was such a fun weekend and a great way to escape for a few days. We played games, (sorta) watched football, ate lots of junk food and just relaxed. The perfect weekend in my opinion.