Road Trip South

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”.
Pinehurst Gift Store
Charleston, SC

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

Charleston Dock Street-

Charleston Single House-12

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.

Saint Augustine Surfing
Saint Augustine Surfing
Saint Augustine Surf
Saint Augustine Surf

Castillo De San Marcos

Castillo De San Marcos-11
Castillo De San Marco's 2-14
Cannon Shot at Castillo De San Marco's -11

Oldest living being in Saint Augustine (600 years old) and the Pedestrian Street Mall

Oldest Living in Saint Augustine (600 years old)-27
Pedestrian Street Mall-

Magnolia Avenue Saint Augustine

Magnolia Avenue Saint Augustine FL-29

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 Walking Bridge-

Plantation Slave Quarters

Slave Quarters-12 copy

Oldest Tree on Plantation with Slave Supervisor Cabin

Slave Quarters-11

The January Magnolia is blooming – 12 Species during the year

January Magnolia-12

Magnolia Plantation House-13

The Plantation House

I hope you enjoyed this Blog. We had a great trip despite the weather visiting with family, sightseeing and taking pictures.

3 thoughts on “Road Trip South

  1. Absolutely beautiful, thanks for sharing. The pictures are postcard quality and I so enjoyed the narration of each one!

    1. Thanks for the nice comment Terry. We enjoyed the trip and hope for many more. Hope you and Greg are doing well.

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