Friday, June 28, 2013

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'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


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