Sunday, August 23, 2015

Travel: South Carolina Part 5

Hello there all,

Here is the last set of pictures from South Carolina, and how wonderful that it is happening right before the Mister and I are about to go on another mini vacation. I've learned that having just a little vacation gives you an adventure to actively look forward to. It doesn't matter if it is just a weekend trip. It really helps to have that to look forward to! The reason might be because I just love getting out of town for a bit. I am a firm believer in the therapeutic qualities of leaving everything behind for awhile.

ANYWAYS, this last part is dedicated to our visit to Folly Beach, heading back to Lancaster, SC, and our trip home.

The Mister and I at the beach.

This was my first time at the actual Atlantic Ocean. In the past, I have been to the Gulf of Mexico, but it isn't quite the same.

Feet picture because...feet.

Aren't the bright colors swoon worthy?

Also, you can find MANY full shells which to this Oregon girl is kind of a crazy concept.

While in Charleston, we stayed at The Mister's sister's house, and we watched after their animals. Their puppy, Thor, pretty stole my heart.

The sky on our drive to Lancaster was just so beautiful.

Homeward bound

And that is it!

The blog will be getting back to its normal thing soon.


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Travel: South Carolina Part 4

Hello there all,

Earlier this week, I shared with you some of my photos from South Carolina. Now, I am on round 4, and we are almost done :(. I think we will only need one more part.

Part 4 is dedicated to pictures from a plantation just outside of Charleston, Middleton Place. This place was sooooo beautiful, and my history nerd was geeking out over the rich history of the place. Middleton Place is a Pre-Revolutionary War plantation with the oldest landscape garden in the US. It was spectacular to walk the grounds where such rich history was formed. Also, the trees there were some of the most beautiful trees that I have ever seen, and it has one of the oldest/biggest oak trees in the US thought to be between 800-1000 years old. Ya'll, my name is Autumn, so of course, I have a thing for trees.  So, this place was just amazing to see, and the pictures don't even begin to do it justice.

 Must fuel for the journey with some Southern breakfast noms!

The drive there was full of insanely beautiful trees.

Also, don't you love that the marking for parking spots is indicated by trees?

What you walk up and see. One of the original guest houses which turned into the main homestead.

The main house which was destroyed during the Civil War.

 Garden tour

 Garden view with the home. We took a house tour, too. However, we couldn't take pictures inside. If we were to do it over again, we would probably skip the tour because we didn't find the information super helpful in understanding the history and the tour guide wasn't our favorite.

Just some of the garden. No alligators in THIS body of water, but there were some in the other bodies of water around the property.

I'm sorry, but this moss is just so dreamy.

Part of the garden

View from the main house out to the Ashley River.

 This is the old oak. Look at how big it is compared to me.

More beautiful tree branches...All so pretty.

On site, they had many volunteers to educate and teach you about historical Middleton Place.

Animals were on site, and this is important because...animals.

This guy became my best friend :).


 These guys just wondered all around the property doing their thing.

This place was amazing.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Travel: South Carolina Part 3

Hello there all,

I know what you are thinking. Okay, Autumn, aren't you done with all of these posts? And the answer is "nope." You might have seen part one and part two earlier this week, so here I am with part three. Three posts in a week?!?!? WHHHHHHAT? I am a beast. I know.

Part three covers some of the Charleston exploring

 Probably the best Charcuterie plate that I have ever assisted in devouring. So good. Too good. This was before some of the best pizza that I've ever had came out.

Hate chicken! 

 The houses in Charleston are just ridiculous. People actually live in these places. How even?

Seriously. The houses are insane.

 We explored a bit of The Battery.

Pineapple fountain at the Waterfront Park 

Waterfront Park in Charleston

The Mister and I in front of Rainbow Row

 The old city blocks reminded me of Europe

 Went to the old market

 The Mister got me a Palmetto Rose

 Everywhere we go, we always look into the beer scene.

Waterfront park again

 Ravenel Bridge

Part four will be coming up soon and will be mostly the plantation that we went to.


Monday, August 17, 2015

Travel: South Carolina Part 2

Hello there all,

Yesterday, I posted part one of my South Carolina adventure, so today, I am bringing you part two. Part two is: wedding day (although, I didn't take too many photos because the photographers are better at that stuff than me), Andrew Jackson State Park, exploring where the Mister grew up, and family BBQ.

 The Mister and I at the reception.

The reception tablescape

Here is the bouquet from the toss. Funny story about this: I told The Mister that I was going to sneak out during the bouquet toss, and Julie, the bride (and The Mister's sister), came up to me during the reception and said "Here catch." She didn't even know that I was planning on booking it, and I ended up with the bouquet anyways.

Fried green tomatoes. When in the South, eat as the southerners eat!

Uniforms at the Andrew Jackson museum at the Andrew Jackson State Park. I am too much of a history nerd to skip out on this.

The Andrew Jackson museum

We went and visited some of the staple places that The Mister went to growing up, and this just so happened to include Sno Cones! Yes!

Family BBQ and swimming. Did I mention that it is HOT in SC? SOOOOO HOT!

I'm hoping to post part three later this week! Hope that you are enjoying all of this.