After surviving a brutally cold January at the Wilmington KOA, it is good to be travelling again. We have landed at Givhans Ferry State Park, SC. A quiet, out of the way setting, 35 miles west of Charleston. The park provides great access to the city as well as beautiful low-country hikes.
The day of our trip into Charleston was gorgeous, a high near 70 & plenty of sunshine. The Brown Dog Deli provided a wonderful lunch (even gluten free bread!) in a very bustling setting in the French Quarter. The Cecil Byrne Gallery was on the agenda. Alain Picard, my favorite pastelist, was represented there & I was eager to study his art. The gallery was filled with wonderful pastel artists. We have never seen such gorgeous pastel works anywhere! A treat for these eyes.
The Angel Oak is outside of Charleston on John’s Island. The City of Charleston is now taking care of the 400-500-year-old live oak to ensure its continued health. This tree has witnessed all the history of Europeans on this continent. Amazing presence. A sweet grass basket maker was working in the gift shop. It was an unexpected treat to stumble upon.
Our two months in Wilmington have taken their toll. Even hiking three miles at sea level has caused achy muscles & fatigue. Gracious, we are out of shape. But happy to be out in nature, hiking again.