The Grand Tour – Day 3 – Columbia to Charleston


After leaving Columbia, South Carolina, it was just starting to rain again.  We continued on to Charleston, where by this time it was dumping buckets.  We passed by Congaree National Park on the way, which looked like an interesting stop (it’s a national forest swamp – there could be alligators!), but it was raining so hard it wouldn’t have been very much fun.  It’s too bad really, because it is a swamp with some of the tallest tress in the world.  The trees thrive because the area floods periodically and provides lots of nutrients for the trees.  You can hike or canoe, and see lots of plants and wildlife.  And I bet they would have a stamp!  But we will have to visit on another trip.

We got to our hotel, a Holiday Inn, which is a tower shaped hotel just over the Ashley River from downtown Charleston.  You can just tell it was built during the 1960s space race!  We got checked in (in the rain) and then drove downtown (in the rain) and checked out the historic district by car (in the rain).  By this time we were getting really hungry, so we settled for dinner at the hotel restaurant.  We got a bowl of the she crab soup – they serve it with sherry that you are supposed to dump in it.  It might have been the sherry (I even only dumped in half of the sherry), but neither of us liked it much – let’s just say it must be an acquired taste.  Jon loved his oysters though and I really liked my baby back ribs!  They hit the spot!  We looked out at the city from the top floor windows watching the rain and hoping the sun would be back out the next day…

She Crab Soup

My Ribs and Jon’s Oysters

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4 thoughts on “The Grand Tour – Day 3 – Columbia to Charleston

    • Yes we did! We spent a couple of days there, and it was mostly beautiful – it didn’t start raining again the afternoon of our second day there. We still had a full day of touristing – I’ll be detailing those days in my next posts, so be sure to check back!

  1. eek, can’t believe all the rain. must have followed you over. I think when cooking with alcohol it tastes much better when added in while still cooking the soup. Adding it in at the end I bet would make it overpowering.

  2. It was pretty overpowering – too bitter for my taste! Mostly the rain was ok, because usually it rained in the evening and at night – rather than during the day. Just one day was a problem.

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