As we continued up the east coast we contemplated where next. We tend to follow the philosophy of one of our favorite travel people, Anthony Bourdain "No Reservations". In that light, we may or may not know where we are headed next. This was no exception.
We decided to stop in Charleston. We camped about 20 minutes outside of town, a town with lots of outlying traffic repairs, thus congestion. I must admit the wait was worth it. This town has a huge waterfront,marina and park service museum which of course is where we tend to migrate. There was an open air market with many vendors hawking their wares. Biggest surprise were the baskets woven from grass; very beautiful yet expensive. The uniquely southern houses were a standout so we enjoyed strolling on a beautifully sunny day. Fort Sumter, site where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, was a stones throw across the waterway from Battery Park. We found a deliciously inexpensive lunch at S.N.O.B. translated as Slightly North of Broad (street). We lunched there twice as the shrimp and grits were calling my name whilst in the city. All in all a great stop.
Next we made our way to Myrtle Beach. We stayed at the huge Lakewood Family Beach Campground. Definitely a resort frequented by many who bring their golf carts with their RVs and lots of kids. Nice beach, warm water and a short drive to the downtown Myrtle Beach carousel and promenade with lots of bars and restaurants. This city is family friendly destination for sure.
Last stop in S.C. was the Croatan National Forest campground, just a few minutes from New Bern Air Station which treated us with lots of big "fly bys". We met a very hospitable camp host, Ray, with whom we shared a few beers and a few laughs while he shared his local knowledge. Biggest highlight: live FIREFLIES!! Okay, so until that time my only experience with fireflies were the simulated version on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. The real deal is of course much more wonderful. Now I know that first hand...one of my favorite things about travel.
Before departing the area we enjoyed a nice bike ride on the cozy and historical Beaufort Seashore, a drive to Fort Macon, a huge mason bunker/now museum which protected this coast over the last 200 years. We drove to Atlantic Beach with a lunch stop at Sammy's on the coast. Really charming area with an enjoyable nautical museum and friendly locals.