Tuesday, June 17, 2008

how sweet it is to be loved by you...

Sunday marked our one year anniversary. Crazy! Time has absolutely flown by. We decided to celebrate by taking a weekend trip to Charleston, South Carolina.

I left a couple hours early from school and we packed the car and headed on our way. It was about a 4 1/2 hour car ride, a car ride we spent listening to "The Westing Game" on CD (I'm working on reading all of the Newbery Award winner books).

We arrived at our hotel about quarter to 7 and moved our stuff into the room, then headed to downtown Charleston for dinner (our hotel was about 1.5 - 2 miles from the heart of downtown).

We ate at a local seafood restaurant which was ranked the best seafood restaurant by locals. It was very good, and we enjoyed seafood chowder, Mahi Mahi (Emily), and Flounder (me), redneck caviar (peanuts still in the shell boiled in salt water.. a unique taste for sure), hush puppies, and coleslaw.

We then walked around downtown and took in a few of the sights... with the little sunlight that was left. We were confronted by a wholesale travel company representative who tried to convince us to come to their presentation the following morning. Well, after hearing that we would receive 2 free carriage ride tickets, 2 free tickets for a boat ride to and a tour of Fort Sumter, and a check for$50, we decided we could give them 45 minutes of our time.

We then settled in at a local brewery/restaurant for drinks and to listen to the live music.

Saturday began early. Free breakfast at the hotel and then we were on our way to the wholesale travel presentation. We got to the place, answered a few questions and headed upstairs with about 7 other couples. After about 45 minutes the presentation ended and we were once again confronted by a representative. "So, can we sign you up for our membership today (about $8,000 mind you)?" asked the lady. "No" I said. "Well I can offer you an even better deal how about half price?" "No" I said again. Getting the sense that she had no chance with us she signed our paper and went on to another couple. We headed downstairs turned in our signed form saying we didn't want anything... and we were handed 2 free carriage ride tickets, 2 free tickets to tour Fort Sumter, a $50 check, and a coupon book for buy one get one free at the local restaurants, oh yeah, and $2 to help pay for parking!

Needless to say, we were feeling pretty good once we actually had the tickets and check in hand. We walked around a little bit and then headed over for our carriage ride of the historic downtown region and housing area. We were led around town by our horse, Bob. We saw some great architecture and beautifully restored homes, and received a little history of the area by our tour guide person. It was a great way to see the area. After the ride, we headed for lunch. We went to a restaurant that was listed on the aforementioned discount card. So, we ate lunch for half the price... which made it taste even better.

Our fearless leader

It was then time to walk across town (we did a lot... I mean, a lot! of walking this weekend) to the port where our boat would be leaving from for Fort Sumter. It was about a half hour ride out to the fort, and then we had an hour to walk around the fort. It was an impressive site. Walking around the fort where the Civil War started was quite an experience. Being a person who enjoys history (in moderation), I was having a great time. We snapped some pictures, and an old man volunteered to take a picture of us in front of a cannon. We then headed back to the mainland.

on the boat to Fort Sumter

at the fort

God bless America

When we got back on land, we walked back to our car (stopping to take some pictures along the way of course) to get ready for another night out.

We headed to the southeren tip of downtown Charleston. We walked around snapping pictures and wobbling (or maybe that was just me) over cobble stone streets. It was a beautiful night, in which watched a strecth hummer unload a wedding party at a local yacht club. We then walked over to rainbow row, which is a line of houses that are colored all the colors of the rainbow... it was pretty cool looking.
"rainbow row"

We then headed out to Waterfront Park. We took some great shots with our cool Gorillapod (a bendable tripod). We wrapped it around lightposts, fences, park benches.... and even upside down from a tree branch. It was this particular placement that set off a whole new adventure.... After taking a couple of pictures with the camera hanging upside down from the tree, we decided it was time to move on. As I was unbending the gorillapod, something on the tree branch caught my eye, it was a small green pill capsule attached to a small piece of wood breaking away from the branch. My exact words were "Emily Jayne." "What?" was her response. Then I pulled the capsule from the tree, and she knew what I was talking about. Thats right everybody... I found a geocache hidden in a tree without even looking for it, or knowing that it was there. Luckily, Emily had a pen in her purse and I was able to mark my find and then replace it. I was laughing about that for a good while.

THE geocache!

the branch where the geocache was found

the pineapple fountain

fountain #2
Next up were fountains, more pictures, boys catching crabs, walking, and talking. We finally decided it was time for dinner at around 8:30-9:00, and we made our way to Southend Brewery for dinner. We had a great meal (buy one get one free of course) and great conversation. After dinner it was time to walk back to the car and head back to the hotel.

Sunday morning came and we packed up our stuff and had a quick breakfast. We then left and headed to The Battery. It is a park dedicated to the soldiers of the civil war mostly. It has monuments scattered around as well as cannons, and piles of cannonballs. After taking our share of pictures there, it was time to cross the amazing bridge to Sullivan's Island to go to the beach. We sent a few hours at the beach, playing in the water, writing in the sand and drinking Gatorades. After the beach, the vacation ended like any good vacation should... with a trip the ice cream shop!

perfect fit!

more cannons...

It was a great weekend, and a great celebration for our first year of marriage...
here's to many more!



Amy&Andy said...

Who finds a geocache without even looking?!?! Ridiculous! Glad you guys had such a good time- we'll have to hang out soon!

rachel said...

Aw, happy anniversary! :)

John and Leah said...

happy anniversary! sounds like a very fun trip. a couple weeks ago we found a geocache without looking for it, too! isn't that so crazy?? we were actually hiding a geocache, thought we found a sweet spot, and then realized that someone had already put one there! you guys are so fun. come visit us.

Janelle said...

Boiled peanuts are YUMMY!!!