On Sunday, the 25th of June, we awoke early to attend worship at St. Luke’s Church in Hilton Head before hitching our 5th wheel up to our truck for a one-hundred mile drive northward to Charleston, South Carolina. We had enjoyed our previous week with Julie and Tracy swimming at the beach, zip-lining, taking nature walks, and eating great food. Our two-hour trip across the low country was easy and uneventful. We arrived at the Charleston KOA just after noon and pulled our home into a rather narrow site with neighbors close on either side (One of which had “Just Married” scribbled on the windows of their small RV with a Bud Light tent attached — they had gotten married two days prior).
Cindy and I had a pretty low-key week, by design. We were happy for some “down-time” after the busyness of the past few weeks and the promised hectic pace of the next few. We ran a few errands in town, stumbling upon the Holy City Brewery where we sampled some brew in the process. We used some of this down time to officially christen our roving home as Beatitude II. We attached small graphics to either side and a larger graphic on the rear proclaiming this vehicle as the heir to our former home, Beatitude. We trust we’ll make just as many marvelous memories on board our new abode as we did on the original.
Almost every evening, we ate dinner with our friends, Justin and Shera. We ate at their home, they ate at our home, and we had dinner out. We are so thankful for these great people! On Thursday morning, I decided to play a round of golf at Charleston National Golf Club, a beautiful course stretching through the marshes of the low country. While I sliced, hooked, and lost golf balls on a beautiful sunny day, Cindy and Shera revisited the Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island where they produce American Classic Tea, the only tea which is 100% grown on U.S.A. soil.
On Friday, Justin took a day off to join us on a visit to one of the several old plantations in the Charleston Area. On a previous visit while cruising the coast on Beatitude, Cindy and I had visited Middleton Place. You can read about that visit here. Some of our other Charleston adventures can be found here, here, and here. But, on this day, we visited Boone Hall Plantation, one of America’s oldest working plantations, continually growing crops for over 320 years. Driving in on The Avenue of the Oaks, the majestic driveway into this antebellum plantation, was an aesthetic experience of the highest order. It is canopied by old southern live oaks, originally planted in 1743. The plantation dates to 1681, when Theophilus Patey gifted 470 acres to his daughter Elizabeth and her husband, Major John Boone as a wedding gift, giving rise to Boone Hall Plantation. Since then it has had several owners. The current main house was built in the Grand Colonial Style in 1936 by the then owner, Canadian, Thomas Stone. It was wonderful touring the main house, walking through the gardens, and visiting the row of slave houses on the property which now serve as mini-museums. Several movies have been filmed at the plantation, including much of The Notebook, which I now have to rewatch.
This past Saturday, Cindy and I flew out of Charleston, I to work and Cindy to see her family. Instead of leaving our RV at the Charleston KOA, we saved a big chunk of money by storing her at a nearby storage facility. The only downside to doing this is that there would be no electricity meaning we would have to turn off our refrigerator and lose our food. Fortunately, we were able to give most of it to Justin and Shera. We will now be absent from Beatitude II for about 6 1/2 weeks. But, our fun will continue. Sandwiched between working several shifts in Florida and Maine, I’m excited to spend three weeks in Europe. More of that next time!