Today we traveled only 20 miles from Awendaw, SC to Charleston, SC. We're tied up at the Charleston Maritime Marina within easy walking distance of the town. It was great to arrive at 9:15 AM and have the morning to run errands and the remainder of the day to enjoy the beautiful historic town of Charleston. We're happy to be at a dock for the next couple nights since it was nearly 90 degrees this afternoon and the forecast is for more of the same.
The first thing we did was laundry and were happy to learn that the Maritime Marina offers free use of their two large capacity washers and dryers. After the laundry, we walked to Ted's Butcherblock for lunch. What a great place that is -- no wonder it came highly recommended. We ordered a waygo beef panini with carmelized onions, mushrooms and bleu cheese and a grilled chicken, red onion, tomato and avocado panini and we each had half of each variety. Excellent!! Definitely a great lunch spot.
Next we walked to Harris Teeter, the main grocery store in town for a few things and stopped at the Vegetable Bin (owned and operated by a WW II Vet) and bought delicious home-grown tomatoes, peaches, corn-on-the-cob, watermelon and blueberries. Ralph needed some "stuff" at the Ace Hardware store along our route so we stopped there, too.
We ate dinner on board then afterward walked into this beautiful bustling town to Wholly Cow for ice cream. They make their own ice cream and we each had a delicious sundae and were glad for the opportunity to walk it off. It's a beautiful summer night. The boat is rockin' and rollin' in this harbor, though which is on the Cooper River. There's a 6-7' tidal change here, we're told. Neither of us mind a little rock at bedtime...it's like being in a cradle and we both sleep well. We're blessed to have AC, that's for sure!
Here are a few of today's photos:
|On our route today|
|Approaching Charleston, SC harbor|
|USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier at Patriots Point|
|Coming in the back door to Ted's Butcherblock|
|We shared our sandwiches and they were both great.|
|The Foodie Truck is very popular|
|On our way to the Vegetable Bin for produce|
|A well-stocked grocery store within walking distance|
|Beautiful old homes|
|Our walk through town|
|Outdoor eateries with live music|
|Charleston City Market|
|Carriage tours are very popular|
|The Customs House|
|Interesting sign outside an Italian restaurant|
|Wholly Cow serves breakfast, lunch and ice cream|
|Along our walk|
|St. Philips Church|
|Elegant French Quarter Inn|
|Jamaican Me Hungry Restaurant|
|Noisy Oyster open-air restaurant|
|I like the architecture|
|The Green Door|
|Huge coils being offloaded from a ship in the harbor|
|Ralph is watching the offloading operation|
|A blue heron under the dock|
|The ship offloading the coils|
|Tonight's back yard -- Charleston, SC Maritime Marina|