The weekend after Thanksgiving. We have a tradition we more or less have stuck to for several years. The players are different but usually I am in the thick of things. We take a day trip somewhere. Charlotte to see the Museum and skate at the mall skating rink, Biltmore house, a Christmas show in Myrtle Beach, Chimney Rock, Adela and our favorite Charleston.
It use to be on Friday. While everybody is beating each other up on black Friday we were cruising down the interstate for some adventure. It has pretty much moved to Saturday. This year we went back to the old stand by of Charleston. There is a state park on St. John’s Island that decorates with thousands of lights. It is similar to Saluda Shoals but bigger. It is not as big as Calloway Gardens in Georgia. The persons attending were me, My mum, Denny, My Aunt and Bruce.
This year we started out about 12 noon. We would arrive at Charleston about 2ish. Not yet time to go visit the lights. My Aunt asked what will be doing before it was time to go see the lights. I pulled out a walking tour booklet that I had bought last March when we visited the Angel Tree. I suggested we do that. My aunt and Bruce Grumbled OOOK. Well jeez don’t get to excited about it!
So we parked and started walking to the market. That is wear the tour begins. Well right off it was obvious we were going to be distracted by many things. First was the sun glasses. Next was the caramel covered apples. Then it was the Haagan das Ice-cream. Finally we officially started the walking tour.
I had given the book to Bruce and very quickly Barbara took charge. So we walked down and around. We saw a wonderful church and Docks theatre. I read a book with it being the backdrop of the story. I wondered where that was. We peeped thru gates and looked for ghost in the cemetery. We found ourselves on Bay street and there it was Baked House. They have the most devine cookies. Chocolate cloud cookie YUMMY. They cost about as much as a bag of oreo cookies but oh are they worth it. I bought two to save for later. They did not have the brookie I been so keen on trying. That is a cross between a brownie and a cookie.
So across the street we decided we were going to eat at some brewery place. Then we traveled to the river park. While I was running to take a picture of a sail boat I noticed there were dolphins in the bay. So we had quite a bit of fun watching the dolphins play. I also had to check out then pelicans. What funny looking birds they are!
So after we got our Dolphin fill we were back on the tour until we saw a crowd gathered around. It was a knife juggling street performer. He said he was an international performer from Alabama. We watched for a while and envied the houses right across the street. Not so much the traffic though. We commented bikes would be handy too. This one group had a bike built for 3 with an add on for a fourth person. NICE!
So back on the tour. We walked one block and called it time for dinner. So out of 100 places to see we got to #14. We marked it in the book and went to the brewery. Interesting enough the persons who grumbled the loudest at the beginning enjoyed the tour book the most. They wanted to get their own. As for me, I took a zillion pictures and had a grand time.
I had catfish and a delicious salad. It was very simple. Spring leaf (I guess that is what they call the type of lettuce) almonds and parmesan cheese. It needed nothing else. Perfect! I took a picture of this guy at the place and labeled it … WHAT WAS HE THINKING!
It has gotten dark by now and we were ready for the lights. Last year it was much colder so it was not as near enjoyable. Except sometimes I think the cold ads to the atmosphere. Anywho we listed to the Glee Christmas music as we travelled there. Two very awesome CDs if my humble opinion means anything.
The park has 3 miles of beautiful lights that are pretty awesome. Unfortunately this year they allowed double lanes. I don’t recall it every being there in past visits. It made it hard to see the other side.
We parked and everybody refreshed them selves and we began to move towards the welcome center that has a gift shop. That is where I saw him. SANTA CLAUS! Yes I did. I made every single one of those people stand in line and take our picture with Santa Claus. It was a very long time coming for Bruce who never had his picture taken. Unbelievable! He did not hear of the Easter bunny either! They started complaining about the line. I told them I waited 365 days for this cause it was “TOO COLD” last year for this picture. They can wait 20 minutes. I got them all up there. Guys too and we had our official picture taken with Santa.
Then we roasted marshmallows. None of us really liked to eat them. It is fun to catch them on fire though! We wondered off to the gift shops and had fun looking at all the interesting ornaments. I bought a few post cards. I got a little hungry so I got some kettle corn pop corn. I never had what they called Kettle corn popcorn before. This bag was very sweet. Also like popcorn balls or caramel popcorn. It was very tasty.
We finished our evening by riding thru the rest of the lights. My favorites are the peacock and the dragon of course. On our way home they tuned into a radio station that was playing the University of South Carolina game vs Clemson. Mum likes those silly gamecock chickens and Bruce likes those goofy Clemson tigers. Denny probably pretends to care because my mum likes them. Nobody else could care less. Even me who graduated from USC. So I plugged in my ear buds and listened to karen’s radio. My play list on Zune that is guaranteed to not have one song I do not like hahahahahaha.
As Ansel use to say… a fun time was had by all.
Some pictures from Charleston
|poor lost shoe|
|what was he thinking?????????|
At the lights On John's Island
And the Finale