I've been looking forward to coming back to Charleston ever since we stopped here on our trek southward last November - but we had one more glorious day in Tom Point Creek first! On our way into the Creek, we had passed a couple boats anchored off a little beach - so we dropped the dinks and set out in search of some sand between our toes. Everyone but the September Song boat dogs was a little bummed at the "beach" and I do use that term lightly - it was more like a small landing area of mud and really brown yucky water. However, Cassie and Godiva, who had not been swimming since we were in the Bahamas, were overjoyed and literally leapt into the water from 100 yards offshore as soon as Bob throttled the motor back - they were happy, happy girls!!! Cassie was instantly off exploring the glorious treasures of the beach (nasty smelling horseshoe crabs and muddy, broken shells among others) while Godiva joyously chased after her ball (over and over again!!) OK so even if us beach bums weren't going to throw down chairs and sit for a spell, the dogs were in heaven. After they frolicked for awhile, it was time to explore the other creeks and beaches around the area.
Big Boat Bob with his GPS on Half Note led the way - soon enough we were bumping our way through some little creek (unlike most creeks, here in SC they dredge the ICW and appear to put the spoil in the creeks so you can have 10 feet of water one minute and then less than 2 feet the next - made for an interesting journey!) in search of a river. When we heard the banjos, we turned back....OK just kidding, but the creek was so overgrown that we barely had enough room for the dinghies to get through and our motor prop got overrun with reeds so we turned around before reaching the river.
We arrived back at the boats sunburned (Doug), thirsty (both of us) and having had a marvelous adventure although we do really miss the beaches in the Bahamas with their glorious white sand and that crystal gin clear water!! I hear the beaches are better in the Chesapeake - here's hoping!
That night we had yet another biblical thunderstorm - we have heard that the winds reached up to 50-60 knots here in Charleston, and while we didn't have it quite so bad in the Creek, squalls are never too much fun when you are on anchor! But it did cool things off somewhat so we woke to an absolutely beautiful morning for our steam to Charleston. What an amazing day on the water although we were slogging into the current almost the whole way there - can you say 6 to 6.5 knots (that is until it was time to dock - of course!!!) We were traveling through the real low country of South Carolina at low tide - so the waters were shallow and surrounded by mud flats. Part of the waterway we traveled through was called Church Flats - because it is flat as far as the eye could see and supposedly because you would travel to church on one tide and come home on the next tide (that's 6 hours which is way too long for any mass in my view! you'll see my irreverent side kicking up again in Charleston....) The always amazing birds and dolphins kept us quite entertained although there's not much between Tom Point Creek and Charleston to speak of except mudflats and miles and miles of marsh!!
Hitting the Ashley River which lies on one side of Charleston is a really beautiful sight - ahead of you is the Battery, a section of Charleston with gorgeous ante-bellum homes and parks, off to your right is Fort Sumter where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, across the harbor is the battleship the Yorktown, and a spectacular bridge spanning the Cooper River!
myspace.com/kryrite. Too weird and pretty cool!
The four of us next set off to invade Charleston's french quarter where there are lots of really funky little bars, shops and restaurants. Our first stop was Tbonz for microbrewed beers (after all it was happy hour!!) and home-made potato chips with melted blue cheese!!! (we remembered them from our last stop in Charleston and they didn't disappoint!!)
Who knew shopping could make you so thirsty - so we hit Wild Wings for some adult beverages and of course wings (half General Tso and half Slayer - yes they were truly hot!!!)
Today we are off to see the Sumter Museum and tour Fort Sumter - we figure that after a night like last night, we need to even the balance with a little culture. I'm sure we'll squeeze in a lot of fun while we're at it though.
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Click here to see a Google map of our location at the Charleston Maritime Center
Happy Birthday, Dee Dee!!!
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