I did a quick weekend trip up to the Charleston, South Carolina area. It was my first time there in 5 years, and I got alot done in 2 days, including viewing a couple lighthouses, playing 7 disc golf courses, two amazing sunsets and an impromptu visit to Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began.
Sat. Jan. 30
After a Friday night flight and a stay by the Charleston airport, I spent the first half of the day playing disc golf in and around the area. I then headed over to Folly Beach where I viewed the Morris Island lighthouse. The last time I was here, I chartered a boat out to the lighthouse where I waded in chest-high water to get right up to the light. This time, I stayed dry and saw it from land. I then headed over to the beach for a beautiful sunset and dinner right on the pier.
Sun. Jan. 31
I made my way over to Sullivans Island in the morning to view the youngest lighthouse in America, the Charleston light built in 1962. Not the most impressive-looking light, but quite an imposing structure due to its height and unique shape. Just down from the light is Fort Moultrie, where I ventured off to next. I love checking out forts, and this one had seen both Revolutionary War and Civil War action. My next stop was going to be Boone Hall Plantation, but an oyster festival there changed my mind, and I ended up taking a boat out to Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began.
Also a big Civil War buff, I was quite excited to check this out and it did not disappoint. And neither did the weather, as it was a bit cloudy until we arrived at the fort and the sun came out. Had the added bonus of seeing a few dolphins swimming around the island. Since I hadn’t spent too much time in Charleston itself, I then went to the waterfront area called the Battery to take in a gorgeous sunset.
Other than the Monday flight issues that caused me to miss a day of work, it was a great trip and reminded me of what a cool and beautiful city Charleston is.