The drive directly north on Interstate 95 was only 150 miles and the coming rain waited until we were totally setup.
We were eager to setup and take our walk around the park. But, what we had trouble with, was waiting for time to pass, so we could take the 1/2 mile walk through the woods, around the lakes to the nearby KOA park. It has a Hunt Bro's Pizza kitchen, wine tasting and a great beer refrigerator! We really like having dinner there, and so like Pavlov's dogs we drool and slobber just at the suggestion of going.
While here we realized that it had been quite a few years since our last visit to the city of Charleston. One day we struck out to spend the whole day. Charleston has a beautiful downtown area. Our first stop was at the Visitors Center, where we purchased discounted tickets for a horse drawn carriage ride through downtown. There are no trolley tours here only carriage. It was explained to us, that the motive was to keep the heritage. From the visitors center we caught a free city bus to the downtown, it deposited us within a block of the Old South Carriage. By the way, the tickets for an hour and half ride was only $22 each, Senior Discount. We soon were directed to board our carriage being drawn by a beautiful horse, and driven by Mike. We chose this company for several reasons, first and foremost, we had knowledge that their horses (Belgians and Bergerons) were former Amish working farm horses, secondly, their ethics and care for their horses. If interested, look for the Red Sash. Now they work the streets for only 3 days out of ten, the other 7 days they lounge at a country estate with their own veterinarian taking care of them.
Mike told us about historical aspects of the old city and some of the social details of southern behavior. For instance, in the pictures you'll see here of some homes with a door on the sidewalk, that's the formal entrance. If you don't know the family real well this is where you knock or ring the bell. However, if the side gate is open they'll receive you informally through that entrance. We love the old south architecture, and found several of the neatest homes for sale and quite a few being refurbished. Mike told us if you live in the old neighborhood you should get used to the noise of builders and handymen sawing, hammering and banging. So many are being remodeled. After the carriage ride, we walked the 5 blocks to a restaurant, the 82 Queen. We were prepared to taste the southern favorites. We ordered a shrimp with cheesy grits and a Jambalaya along with a couple "adult beverages". Wow! We were totally impressed and pleasantly filled. A three hour walk around town helped us feel better about our full tummy's.
Then came time to leave this beautiful city behind and head back to the coach.
Next stop, the kids RV spot near Augusta.