Sunday, July 17, 2011

Smiling Faces & Beautiful Places

If you're from SC, this title sounds familiar...or if you've ever driven behind someone from SC & you've read our license plates...never were there words more true. Riding down the river I kept thinking how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful state.


Even though we knew there were cities and towns miles beyond the grass along the river, it was still neat to think that this view hasn't changed in hundreds of years. It was so peaceful and I think we were all starting to relax even though those dark clouds were still chasing us to Charleston.

As we got closer to Charleston we entered the Charleston Naval yard...part of which is top secret and photography is strictly prohibited...a lesson Brantley learned the hard way last year. I wish I could have taken a picture of the boat that followed us through this area with a machine gun pointed in our direction, but you'll just have to imagine it for yourself!

Then we got an up close look at the Port of Charleston...


Those tiny blocks on the bottom are what we see pulled by 18 wheelers on the interstate...that gives you little perspective as to how large these two pieces of equipment are...and these weren't the only two we saw...they were everywhere!


On this massive ship they look like legos...


And we got a close up look at a tug boat.


And the Ravenel Bridge.

And this is for anyone who was in my Brownie may remember our weekend on the York Town...this hottest weekend of my entire life!


We were lucky enough to have some very generous friends let us use their boat slip at a marina on the Ashley river, so this meant we got to cruise around Charleston and get a boat side view of the city. If you look past all the new buildings on the shore I think it's neat to think those church steeples & homes along the battery are what welcomed sailors before the war between the states...that's for you Brantley :). But I do love a Palmetto tree so they're a nice touch!



The girls went on a carriage ride on Saturday and learned that this house...


Is the Roper house...which is Brantley's maiden name. Her family is an old SC family and we had hopes perhaps she was a direct descendant and we could stay here on all future trips to Charleston...but sadly, the original owners had no children...but maybe is was Great Uncle Roper's house and we could still try to sneak in! After our carriage ride this year I think we're all ready to tour some house museums to see the inside of these beautiful homes!

I've been to Charleston countless times, but going there by boat made me very thankful to live in such a beautiful place...I'm already looking forward to our boat trip next year!

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1 comment:

Brantley said...

This post made me want to go back next weekend! Love the pictures.