October 23, 2001: Toward the end of my first year of fulltime RVing, I spent several months in Charleston working for more gas money. One of the law offices I worked at was off historic Broad Street here, so I walked up and down it a lot. I really became entranced by this beautiful southern belle city.
I spent my first Thanksgiving and Christmas as a fulltime RVer here. In 2011, my friend and reporter, Julianne Crane, did an article about that: “RVer Malia Lane shares her favorite RV holiday memory.” The funny but a little sad Charlie Brown Christmas tree that Don put up between our RVs was the perfect touch! I kept a journal of my Charleston memories, but since I didn’t even have a digital camera back then, I have very few pictures from that year.
So I’m glad I had the chance to stop here again in 2007 on my way to Savannah and relive some of those happy times, even though those pictures don’t do it justice, either.
Gawking at these homes along the Battery was one of those times I just pinched myself to make sure I really was the lucky woman who was getting to see these things.
You can just picture the southern belles drinking sweet tea on these long wrap-around porches.
This was my favorite – Two Meeting Street Inn. Now a prestigious B&B, it was a wedding gift from a generous father to his beloved daughter. It’s hard to believe a check for $75,000 would build this jewel even back in 1890!
Cobblestone streets and cute little courtyards abound and made me wonder about what was behind the artistic wrought iron gates.
St. Philip’s Church Graveyard – The contrast between the colorful new life that spring brings amidst drab gravestones representing death was thought provoking to say the least.
Rainbow Row – In the mid 1700’s this was the center of commerce in Charleston. Merchants had stores on the first floor and lived on the floors above. Neglected over time, they are now lovingly restored and a mainstay of historic Charleston images.
2002: Being a tree lover and hugger from childhood, nearby Angel Oak was one of my favorite stops. I didn’t even have a digital camera of my own at that time, so the only ones I have are from Don’s, which I remember was a huge Sony deal. This is the best I could do with it, but I’m keeping it for the memory of one of my all-time favorite trees anyway.