Phew… Road-trippin’ is hard work! Between the massive detours to avoid Hurricane Irene and driving through severe thunderstorm warnings two days later, it’s been a crazy couple of days on the road, but we’ve also been having an amazing time. We spent yesterday in Charlotte, North Carolina exploring the downtown, the adorable NoDa area and driving through the gorgeous mansion and tree-lined boulevards of Dilworth. We especially loved the great outdoor sculptures downtown.
We met Andi of My Beautiful Adventures for a late lunch, and had such a good time! This road trip, and indeed the majority of our life on the road, has been about as much about Who we meet as Where we go and this was no exception. We’ve communicated online back and forth for the last year on Twitter, Facebook and our sites, but when we finally sat down a major girly chat took place and we all really regretted not having more time (and bottles of wine!). Instead, it was back in the car and on to Charleston, South Carolina.
A three hour trip turned in to a nearly six hour adventure, thanks to a severe thunderstorm in the area. At one point, the wall of water pouring down reminded us of our recent trip to Niagara, and instead of staying on the side of the road we actually excited and took shelter in a McDonalds in Columbia, the state capital. Back on the road after an hour, we continued through the storm and had an easy last 60 miles to Charleston.
What a city! Downtown historic Charleston oozes with charm and is remarkably different than anywhere in th U.S. we have visited so far. The hot and humid weather, the clapboard houses and palm trees reminded us at times of Belize, other times the cobblestone streets and colorful rows of mansions looked like Casco Viejo in Panama City, Panama.
At no time could we compare this city with anywhere else in the U.S., though tomorrow night we will head to Savannah, and have heard many comparisons between these two southern cities from our readers.
We would like to say a special thanks to Explore Charleston for providing excellent sightseeing passes for us to maximize our time in the city.