While Taylor was visiting the twins and I (obviously) had to show her our favorite parts of Charleston, and of course this included the HIstoric Downtown!
She brought two of her dogs with us, Crash and Boris. Boris is her personal favorite dog (pictured left) and Crash is a puppy she's training as a demo dog (pictured right)
We ran the dogs through several different little "drills" right on the sidewalks in Charleston, the distractions were perfect for training.
We were (endlessly) stopping to try and get photos of the dogs actually paying attention.
This ^ was what they gave us mostly. Getting both dogs to pay attention at the same time was quite a challenge. I (kinda) got a few good ones...and a bunch of silly ones!
Our walk took us right through the middle of the Historic district on King Street, my personal favorite. There are so many beautiful places here that it's impossible to actually choose a favorite - I just really like King St. because there are so many shops and restaurants and amazing buildings!
We met lots of dog-lovers who insisted on petting Crash and Boris (who were very happy about it) and also plenty of other dogs....these meetings were interesting. We finally ducked onto a side street for some shade, and also to get the dogs away from the crowds.
We turned around about halfway down King St. and headed back via a different route.
As usual...no outing would be complete without handstands from Megan.
We had so much fun visiting with Taylor....and (so excited) she rented a house while she was here!! I can't wait until she's down here more often!
Until the next adventure....cheers!
This past week my last sister who still lives in Maine came down to visit (and we hope fall in love with the Charleston area enough to move down and join us!) so we did some new exploring.
Taylor (the lone sister remaining in Maine) is a dog trainer, so every time she joins us on an adventure we also have a few furry friends along as well. Today we were joined by Boris, Crash, and Taser.
The spot we decided to explore today was the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary boardwalk. it was gorgeous!
Dave and I had driven past the boardwalk a few times, but didn't really remember where it was. (we never wrote it down) Thankfully we knew approximately where we were headed and eventually we found the spot.
The weather here recently has been absolutely amazing, and today was no different. Apparently April in South Carolina is basically paradise. 75 and sunny all day long.
Dave had eagle eyes for some reason and spotted all the wildlife - the first thing he saw was this cute little lizard
Most of the 'hike' was actually stopping and posing for new portraits with the dogs, but I had some great practice at catching dogs in the proper position! Some of the quick moves they pulled (trust me the blooper photos are hilarious) were pretty incredible.
At this point in our walk Dave found the first snake of our adventure - and he found it AFTER walking off the trail to look at a tree. Thankfully we found out that it was just a harmless mud snake, but it was also very close to Taser's tail!
Boris (right) is always super photogenic, but Crash wasn't quite so easy to catch in a good position. He did, however, love hanging out with Dave - so these other photos were easy!
The rest of the boardwalk was pretty much the same - beautiful under the tree canopy.
The dogs had a fantastic time, we enjoyed the beautiful sites, plus we got to see some great wildlife!
The hikes may not be what we're used to, but the lowcountry swamps are fascinating places for us northerners. Next time I want to explore from a kayak or canoe!
We were lazy today....we slept right through our alarms (the whole house!) and missed church, so instead we headed over to the Isle of Palms for brunch at Acme Lowcountry Kitchen.
Brunch is our favorite and I've gotta be honest, we're pretty picky. When you've been spoiled by the likes of Hominy Grill and Brewsters a "good" brunch spot isn't exactly easy to come by. Thankfully Acme Lowcountry Kitchen scored high in our books....we'll go back for sure!
They told us we'd have a 30 - 40 minute wait, but it actually only took about 10 minutes until they called our table! I ordered a Rockefeller Benedict (fried oysters over biscuits with spinach and hollandaise sauce) and everyone else had chicken and biscuits with sausage gravy. Needless to say we felt like we needed a nap afterwards...so we walked on the beach instead!
Of course it wouldn't be an outing for our family unless we're all being ridiculous...so we goofed. :-)
It was amazing out. Seriously. 75 and sunny with a breeze, I can't believe we live here.
Welcome to the amazing Isle of Palms. The sand is gorgeous and the dunes are perfect.
Megan took the camera from me for a minute and grabbed a few photos of me and Elysia, but of course Dave decided to photobomb us. "Warning", we can't ever have a real photo.
So we kicked around in the sand for awhile. Don't worry, Megan did her famous handstand.
Honestly we don't need much to keep us occupied - we just need an excuse to be silly!
Megan is our little yogi, she practices all the time. I've tried but I don't have the patience...yet. We (the sisters) love to commemorate any adventure anywhere with a good old fashioned jumping photo, so Dave took over the camera and got a decent-ish one.
Trust me, we took about twelve of these, but honestly this was the best option we got.
Happy Sunny Sunshine day, ya'll. We're loving South Carolina!
Hiking is one of our favorite pass-times, but since we've moved to South Carolina we haven't really had a successful hike. We tried a couple of trails near Charleston, but they turned out to actually be flat sand paths through really low branches covered in pine straw....not my favorite scene.
So we decided to jump in the car and drive a few hours west to the central part of the state and see if the hiking improved with some miles and elevation. I can't say it was quite as fantastic as the northeastern mountains.....but it sure was better than beach trails.
The first adventure of our day - DETOUR. We figured the "Road Closed Ahead, Local Traffic Only" signs just meant they had pavement torn up or something...well...or something.
SO...we couldn't quite jump that gap...we thought about it though.
The trailhead for the section of the Palmetto Trail that we hiked was not well marked, so honestly we're not sure what section we ended up on, but we were trying to be close to the Lake Marion Passage.
The first half of the hike it rained, so I had my camera wrapped up under the rain guard on my bag...these photos are all on the way back. (It wasn't a loop trail). Megan did her usual few handstands in the field before the woods.
Aside from the spiders the hike was actually pretty entertaining. We saw snakes, bugs galore, dead snakes and possums, inch worms and ants, and three-legged dogs. It was quite the nature scene. Also we saw a deer for about 1/30th of a second.
The turtle wasn't phased by our paparazzi, he just chilled.
The wildlife was fantastic, and the trail actually had a few "hills" here and there, so it wasn't quite as boring as the coastal trail was. Gotta be honest, our buns were missing the burn of the New England mountains! We'll have to roadtrip there in the summer for real climbs.
The boardwalk on the way back was much less slippery, but still a bit treacherous...Dave decided bouncing on the semi-rotted boards while we were crossing was a good idea...
After nearly 10 miles of hiking we were definitely ready to make it back to our cars and take our soggy hiking shoes off...but when we got back I had to grab these few photos of the amazing trail head (once we finally found it).
Next time we're hiking in North Carolina so we can actually get into the mountains, but this was a pretty good little hike fix. (p.s. I SOOOO want to photo a wedding here!)
As with all great hikes we ended this one by finding a (somewhat questionable) place to eat afterwards and scarfing down as much food as they could bring us. This time we ate at a place called Old Guy's Italian Restaurant in Sumter, SC. When we pulled in we questioned our decision big time, but it turned out to be fantastic! The owner and his wife made fabulous food, and he was a hoot as a server. Clutchpoint....we got to watch Bad Boys 2 while eating. Score. If you're ever in Sumter, SC for some reason (I don't know why you'd ever be there...but your life isn't mine) you'll have to check out Old Guy's!
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