Monday, April 30, 2018

Anchoring in the Low Country, Awendaw River

The weather couldn't have been better for a stopover in Charleston, SC.  Low humidity allowed long walks through the historic district without breaking a sweat.  The trip to Fort Sumter was interesting and it was good to finally set foot on such an historic Civil War monument that I had read so much about since grade school.  We rented a car the following day and invited the crew of Second Wave to come with us to explore Magnolia Plantation.  No looper can pass a grocery store so we all stopped at the first Publix we saw and loaded up with provisions.  The following day, Sunday, we visited the Oldest Baptist Church in the South, First Baptist Church of Charleston.  We got there early enough to get a tour of the building by one of the deacons.  We did some more walking after we returned our rental car Sunday afternoon and stopped by Harry's for a bowl of shrimp & grits.  Didn't get back to the boat till about 7:00 PM.  Needed to fill the water tanks and wash 3 loads of laundry.  Normally, this laundry task is uneventful.  It would have been had both dryers not broken down.  Being on the MegaDock, it was 437 steps (514 for Meg) from Viridian to the washing machine.  Now we had a bushel of wet clothes and it was 9:30 PM and nothing to do but take them back to the boat and start hanging them to dry anywhere we could.  Fortunately, by morning they were dry enough to take down, thanks to the low humidity we were enjoying.

Monday morning came up clear and cool as we assisted Dash Away getting off the dock followed by Viridian.  A big sport fisher cruiser waked us on the way out and rearranged things upstairs and down.  YETIs full of hot coffee exploded on the galley floor and rug followed by a tumbler filled with tea.  Books found new locations, and furniture on the flybridge was turned over.  We had no warning he was coming up as we were staring off into the rising sun trying to locate the channel  markers in the Ashley River. 

Today's 34 mile cruise took us east then north past Fort Sumter, out of the Ashley River and into the AICW at Sullivan's Island.  Passing through the Sullivan Island Narrows we crossed under  a few bridges and on to Isle of Palms. Skirted Dewee's Island off the Copahee Sound and through low country to Sewee Bay.  Passing Bull's Bay on the starboard side we turned into the Awendaw River at river mile 33 for the day and dropped our hooks with a view of the Andrew Creek Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean.  "Our hooks" because we were joined by Dash Away and Second Wave in our large anchoring field.

That's the news and here's the views:

We are here 04/30/2018

Today's Route from Charleston, SC to Awendaw River, SC

A little more Charleston

A replica of the CSA Hunley Submarine

Henry's Jazz & Seafood Restaurant and Bar. Charleston, SC

Couldn't leave Charleston without having some shrimp and grits

Monday Morning Departure

Going east first thing in the morning is challenging 

Fort Sumter Before the Flag is Raised

Dash Away at anchor as seen from Viridian looking east towards the Atlantic Ocean

Second Wave at anchor as seen from Viridian looking west towards the AICW

Low Country

Docktells onboard Second Wave with Viridian and Dash Away

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Charleston, SC Views

Shell Lodged in the brickwork

Back in Town

The current home on this plantation is the third structure that was built as the by the Drayton Family.  The original home built in the 1600s was struck by lightning and burned.  The second home was burned by Union Troops during the Civil War.  This third home started out as a cottage and was enlarged to what it is today.  The main attraction on this property is the gardens that were cultivated and not destroyed during the war.  Also, this property has remained in the Drayton family since 1676 and is still managed by the current Drayton heirs.

This view was originally the backdoor of the house.  It is now the front door

This view was originally the front door.  It is now the backdoor.  The reason they reversed the entrance is because before road traffic grew the primary mode of transportation was by boat on the Ashley River.  When more people began to use roads with horses and wagons and eventually automobiles, the main entrance was reversed to face the road.  In the near future, will homes be built with the main entrance facing the sky?

Exploring the Gardens

Bible Garden

Bamboo Garden

We didn't carve our names!

It was a beautiful day to tour the plantation.

The Oldest Baptist Church in the South

Today we attended the 1100 service at the First Baptist Church in Charleston, SC.  Here are some views we were allowed to take before the service began.

One of the two staircases leading to the balconey

Window Boxes, Doors and Flowers