Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Charleston, SC

First thing on the morning of May 8 was devoted to exercising. Jonny took the paddle board out and Lynn did her onboard routine. We soon set out for our next destination - Charleston.  Once again, the weather was outstanding with not an cloud in the sky. We left at dead low tide.  The tides here are not insignificant and can vary up to 5 feet.

We cruised along the Stone River and Elliot Creek. Lots of winding passages required us to always be on the alert. As we neared Charleston we passed many gracious homes lining the waterfront. 

Arriving in Charleston at 12:45, we were directed to our spot at Charleston City Marina and passed their mega dock. What an amazing sight! A dock that is over 1500 feet long lined with huge yachts. Two dockhands came out to help us tie up in a running current. As usual, Jonny did an excellent job maneuvering our single-engine Zendo into our assigned space.

The marina provides a free shuttle service into town so we took advantage of that and spent the afternoon strolling around this historic city. We were interested in doing a walking tour but we were too slow to the draw - next time!  

We did, however, visit the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, South Carolina’s most historic building.  Here Patriots were imprisoned, the Constitution was ratified and George Washington was entertained. It provided an interesting insight into South Carolina’s history. 

On the advice of our shuttle driver, we stopped for happy hour at a restaurant called Blossom and had dinner at Poogan’s Porch.  Charleston has a plethora of excellent restaurants, many of them quite expensive. We have a couple of favorites from past visits but decided to try a new one. The food was quite good and reasonably priced for this town. 

We decided to walk the two miles back to the boat because we were so full. It was a lovely evening and a very pleasant way to end the day.

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