Road Trip South
We had planned our road trip in advance and was hoping for the weather to behave and as you know Mother Nature has a mind of her own. It not only rained, it poured and was cold. Dropping into the low 30’s at night and highs of middle 40’s during the day. Of course how can you complain it was January and cold is normal but sunshine would have been nice. We had been locked in the house for weeks and really needed this trip so nothing could stop us. I love I95, just mile after mile of freedom.. “On the Road Again”! First stop Four Oaks, North Carolina about 30 minutes south of Raleigh. Nancy and Tom (Mary’s sister), beautiful people and great friends are expecting us and we can’t wait.We had lunch in Pinehurst the next afternoon a quaint charming town next to the famous golf course “Pinehurst”.“Click on Image to enlarge”.
We made Charleston, SC in less than 4 hours, it is the second oldest city in the state and is located on Charleston Harbor which is an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the Ashley and Cooper rivers. The architecture was amazing and well taken care of. I couldn’t get over the colors and styles of the buildings and houses.
The single houses are built one room wide with a double piazzas (porch). They can have many rooms and be multiple stories high. They always sit with the narrow part of the house facing the street.
The houses are built with the piazzas facing the southwest so that the prevailing winds could cool the house from end to end.
The rain held off for half of the first day. Weather was calling for high winds and heavy rain for next two days so we decided to travel in the rain and stop back in Charleston on our way home.
Classic Architecture of Charleston, SC
Saint Augustine, FL
The rain was hard and visibility was only 6 – 8 vehicles all the way to Saint Augustine, FL. so when I pulled into the hotel entrance Mary had to pry my hands off the steering wheel. The stress didn’t last, remember “On the Road Again” , and the storm was over with the morning forecast calling for sun and dry weather. Saint Augustine is one of the oldest settlements in the United States and was founded by Spain.
The morning winds were perfect for Surfing.
Castillo De San Marcos
Oldest living being in Saint Augustine (600 years old) and the Pedestrian Street Mall
Magnolia Avenue Saint Augustine
On our return we stopped in Charleston to finish our visit in town and also take a tour of one of the area Plantations – Magnolia PlantationBridge crosses pond next to Plantation House
Plantation Slave Quarters
Oldest Tree on Plantation with Slave Supervisor Cabin
The January Magnolia is blooming – 12 Species during the year
The Plantation House
I hope you enjoyed this Blog. We had a great trip despite the weather visiting with family, sightseeing and taking pictures.