Selma, North Carolina - Florence and Charleston, South Carolina
Wednesday we leave our island paradise and turn inland for a couple "re-positioning" one-night stops.
It's a beautiful drive from the coast on Hwy 64. With marshlands along both sides we see several turtles sunning on small logs. Very cool!
RVacation Campground is right on I-95 - only a narrow frontage road between the office and the freeway fence. But it's a beautiful park with well maintained grounds, and good sized spaces. We have a 100 foot site and stay hooked up overnight.
|One of the largest sites we've had - so of course we're only here for one night.|
|We don't see a lot of tiny houses in our travels, but this one has a very sweet site, and a nice screened porch.|
Swamp Fox Campground is a big step-down from our last stop, and is not a great introduction to a new state. The Passport America rate of $22 is the reason we're here - it is definitely not worth a full price rate! Trashy seasonals, and grounds in need of general maintenance. Not somewhere we'd return to.
It's a beautiful blue-sky Friday drive to Charleston, South Carolina where we're happy to find Oak Plantation RV Resort is a lovely park. It's pricey, but it's the weekend in a popular city, and I was happy to find a spot.
|Spanish Moss hanging from huge Live Oaks lets us know we're really in the southeast now.|
|We already love Charleston.|
|A very nice visitor center that needs a separate counter for tour tickets - now you stand and wait while the staff at every window tell long histories to each person.|
|A submarine in the Civil War??? Yes, this iron Confederate ship was pedal-powered by the crew!|
|Restored, not replicated - required in Charleston.|
|Petticoat Stairs - ladies pulled up their hoops skirts to climb stairs and certainly didn't want gentlemen behind them! Instead, separate stairs are included on many old homes to avoid such social awkwardness.|
|Charleston prides itself on a history of religious freedom. Seven people could apply for and be granted a permit to build a house of worship for any shared belief system. This is the oldest Unitarian Church in the country.|
|There are no scheduled stops on the tour, but our driver stopped to visit this beautiful church interior.|
|The ceiling looks like lace.|
|Many different styles here.|
|The end of homes face the street, with large porches along the side.|
|Formal, multi-level porches. Beautiful but facing your neighbor's wall.|
|Our only other stop is along the harbor.|
|We're able to see Ft Sumter with zoom.|
|Even more impressive is this container ship! The tops of the sails actually come up to the bottom of the red letters.|
|Baskets, wreathes and other handmade items from palmetto fronds - for sale on many corners.|
|Beautiful ironwork throughout the city.|
|Built in the early 1800's, the siding looks like stonework, but is actually thick wood planks scored to look that way.|
Near the visitor center is another lovely eatery - Sol. Not sure about Mexican food with a southern flair, we are pleasantly surprised with more excellent meals.
|Salmon and jalapeno cheesy grits!|
|Tasty posole - very good.|
|Showing us his Baymax costume.|
|So dang cute!|
Next up we visit another historic city in our 40th state.