We decided that a mini-vacation would be just the ticket this time around and Charleston SC came to mind.  We've never been there but heard it would be a good place to take our cameras.  A few keystrokes on our computer and a three night stay was booked.  Three nights would give us two full days to explore the area.  The plan was to drive all the way there on a Monday, a 10-12 hour drive.  The more we thought about it, the more we realized that we should head down on Sunday and get 6-7 hours of the journey behind us.  Besides, Sunday traffic around Washington DC would most likely be more tolerable than on a Monday morning.

Washington's Mount Vernon....

We began our trip around 9am on a Sunday morning and 3 hours later came across signs for Mt. Vernon, a place we've talked about visiting but just never got around to it.  It was early enough so we decided to stop in and stretch our legs for a couple hours.  Besides, it was lunch time and we needed the break.  The weather was sunny and warm, much warmer than what we left behind in Pennsylvania.  We toured the main house and walked the grounds.  Following our visit to Mount Vernon, we drove several more hours and decided to spend the night in Rocky Mount NC.

                                            

 

 

South Of The Border....

We've all driven by this place before but this time we decided to stop in and check it out.  What we found was totally different than what we expected.  We expected something similar to an amusement park where everyone parks in a big parking lot and goes in thru a common entrance.  What we found was a series of separate businesses on both sides of the road.  We parked the car, walked thru a couple shops selling the usual touristy things, and had an ice cream lunch before getting back on I95.  We suspect a car load of kids would LOVE the place but for us it was old and kind of cheesy but we now can say we were there....

                 

     

 

Charleston SC....

We arrived at the hotel mid-afternoon and decided to head downtown for dinner.  One really great thing about visiting Charleston was the FREE trolley making it unnecessary to drive.  In our case, there was a trolley stop a short distance from the hotel.  We did a LOT of walking that first afternoon/evening and all of the next day.  Besides what we could see on foot, we went on two tours.  The first was by mule drawn carriage and the second was by boat in the harbor.  Frankly, we would highly recommend the carriage tour but would skip the harbor tour.  The process used for controlling how many carriages out on the road and the route they took was an interesting one involving colored ping pong balls drawn at random.  Flowering bushes and trees typically bloom in April and are done in May.  This years cold winter has delayed things by a month so our visit ended up being early.  I should mention that both days were sunny and in the low 90's.  Back home, highs were around 70.

                                                                                                                                                              

 

 

Millerton Place Plantation....

For the second full day we decided to tour one of the plantations.  There were several to choose from so we decided to focus on one that appeared to be more formal.  The tour operator picked us up at our hotel and brought us to the visitor center where we joined 24 other people for the ride out to Millerton Place.  Upon arrival we were given an entry ticket, a timed ticket for the house tour, a map of the property, and sent on our way to explore at our own pace.  The house tour was VERY interesting and covered the plantations history. 

                                                           

 

 

Cape Charles VA....

We were on our way out of Charleston on a Thursday and decided to avoid the Washington DC traffic by cutting over to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel and returning home via the Delmarva.  Cape Charles is located about 10 miles north of the bridge/tunnel where we booked a one night stay at the Cape Charles House B&B.  The innkeepers, Bruce and Carol, were a pleasure to listen to as they told us about the B&B's history as well as their 20 year experience as innkeepers.  Dinner was in town at an Irish Pub where I had an excellent Sheppard's Pie followed by some sunset photography on the beach.  The next morning we headed for home with a lunch stop in Chesapeake City.

                                

 

 

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