When it came time to plan our vacation for the year Judd and I had a serious debate on where we should travel to. We love the southern lifestyle and knew we wanted to go somewhere bursting with history. I suggested Charleston, SC of course. I went to Charleston on a family vacation in 2008 and knew I would still remember a lot of what we did then to incorporate it into our trip this year.
We packed up the Ranger and drove 4 hours to beautiful low country. We arrived late Friday afternoon and decided to head downtown to walk around and do dinner with my best friend Chelsea and her family. We opted for the best seafood restaurant in Charleston, Hyman’s Seafood. They are known for their southern style grits and hush puppies. The service we had at the restaurant exceeded my expectations and the food was incredible! We ordered various appetizers made of crab dip and fried green tomatoes-a Charleston favorite. I opted for the shrimp and broccoli stuffed potatoes entrée. It was fantastic! There is nothing better than catching up with life long friends and enjoying a few laughs.
Saturday was our busiest day.Chelsea took us on a guided tour of downtown Charleston. We started by the market which had the coolest local vendors. We walked the majority of downtown and of course stopped for numerous photos along the way. We went Toast for lunch after the tour. A few highlights from lunch included homemade chicken salad wraps, fried green tomato and crab cake BLT’s and endless mimosas which neither of us participated in! For desert, we went to Cupcakes which is known for their red velvet cupcakes and ever-changing menu. Talk about delicious variety!
Sunday was Veteran’s Day and what better way to commemorate it then to spend it touring the naval aircraft carrier the USS Yorktown CV-10. We arrived mid morning and immediately grabbed a map with the layout of the ship. We started in the hangars which were full of airplanes and artifacts. One of my favorite things about the Yorktown was that it was the recovery ship for both John Glenn’s Friendship 7 capsule and the Apollo 8 mission-which was the first mission to successfully orbit around the moon. We walked through narrow hallways and down steep stairs to see where the sailor’s slept. We went down to the boiler room and even made it to the bridge which is were the captain piloted this vessel. If you sit in the captain’s chair and look out over the bow of the vessel you can see the Ravenel bridge. We stepped out onto the flight deck which was a showcase of a bunch of old Navy planes. My recent fascination for aviation had me in my element surrounded by all those old war birds. That evening we headed in Summerville to have dinner with Chelsea and her parents at their house.
Monday was our final day which meant checking out of our hotel and packing up the truck for our journey home. We made a few stops along the way home including an apple cider stand on the side of US-17 and a Cracker Barrel in Hilton head. Overall our trip was a great success!