Charleston, SC and Colleton State Park
April 3 - 4, 2015
Colleton State Park
Located in Walterboro, about 50 miles east of Charleston, Colleton is a nice little state park in the low country on the Edisto, a blackwater river. If you're feeling adventurous, you can put your canoe in at this park and paddle 21 miles downstream to Givhans Ferry State Park.
The deep water really does look black, though in the shallows it looks brown, like tea. This is a natural state for rivers in the area. As leaves and other vegetation decay in the backwaters and rivers, tannins leach out and stain the water, turning it a characteristic black. This particular river had plenty of water in it, flowing vigorously toward Charleston. This is not a river for swimming from the banks, as there's just too much current.
The park is small and there is a bit of road noise, but it was a nice place to camp, and we'd stay here again if we were in the area. The sites are well-spaced, though not particularly level, and each had power / water. There's a dump station on the way out. We were only planning to stay two nights, so that wasn't a problem. The rest rooms were fine. The showers were particularly nice - lots of power in that shower, and an unlimited supply of hot water.
Waterboro to Charleston
As we noted earlier, we camped about 50 miles west of Charleston, and drove into town to see our friends, mostly on SC Route 61, and a bit of I-26. Driving back roads in the low country can be beautiful and interesting.
The picture here shows live oaks bending over the road, draped with spanish moss. We saw lots of this, and lots of cypress swamps on either side as we drove into town.
Dinner at Lana
On Friday evening, we met our friends Juan Eduardo and Joanna just outside town. They drove us into the city where we parked and strolled to a wonderful restaurant, Lana, where they know the chef, John Ondo. They hosted us for a fabulous meal at Lana, and chatted briefly with the chef when he checked in to see how things were going. What a great place! Highly recommended, would definitely eat here again. You should too!
Afterward, we took a lovely walking tour of King Street, the Market, and the Pineapple fountain. It was a great Friday night in Charleston, which we enjoyed immensely. Thanks to our good friends!
Brunch and walking tours
We met again on Saturday with our perfect hosts for a lovely brunch at the Village Bakery in Mount Pleasant, just across from downtown Charleston. The food there was great, a lovely start to our day. Afterward, we all walked around Mount Pleasant, enjoying the ambiance, the classic homes, and sights of Charleston across the bay.
Next, we went back across to Charleston and took another excellent walking tour, this time of Old Charleston where many of the homes date from the 1600's. It was a great time, and is the best possible way to see and appreciate the town. Thanks to our excellent friends and hosts for a wonderful time!