It was probably the best trip I've ever taken in my life. And this is why:
1. vacationing with your husband of 17 happy years is just so dreamy. You know each other so well that there's no guessing on what the other's thinking or what they'd like to do. Basically, I dream of spending all day every day with him and to do it for 6 days was beyond fun. He loves to be active, he loves to do whatever I want to do, he's learned over the years that spending money is worthwhile on vacations. And he's so so so cute.
2. No kids. I love them and my job as their mom so much, but not having to do anything according to a carpool or nap or crabby baby timetable was THE BEST. Plus you can do any activity you want, because you're not times-ing the cost or the effort by 8, just 2! (Thanks to my fabulous mom who loves to watch them, never seems stressed, barely even contacts us when we're gone and entertains and loves them better than I do. I'm so lucky.)
4. CHARLESTON. People: It's the best city in the country. I'm not kidding. It had everything I could ever want in a vacation: history, walkable/bikeable streets, beauty, great weather, gorgeous buildings everywhere, tons of beaches, the BEST food, friendly people, easy transportation. I honestly cried the morning we left because I was so sad to leave and go all the way across the country back home.
5. I need to talk about the food a little bit more: My friend Jessica has a brother and sister in law who live in Charleston. This fabulous girl sent me paragraphs about what to do and what to eat and I read every word over and over. I basically take picking the right food very seriously when I'm on vacation and she helped so much. She sent her phone number and was the sweetest about responding to texts when I was trying to decide on restaurants and areas and what to order. I am seriously indebted to her for her help. It really made our vacation easier and awesome-er.
(Swig and Swine)
(Magnolia's fried chicken)
(Magnolia's Fried Green Tomatoes...officially the favorite thing I put in my mouth the whole trip)
Shrimp and Grits
We got to spend 36 hours in Atlanta with my brother and his cute family. I'm having picture issues but I found this one of us with them in the church at which MLKJr preached. They are so far away and I felt so glad we took the time to drive to see them.
I seriously know this is obnoxious to gush and gush, but I just have to record it for my personal history. It will bring my joy every time I remember it and I wanted to blog it before I forgot.
A rundown of what we did, in case you want to copy my trip...as you should:
Carriage ride through Charleston.
Walking tour (using some random online app) South of Broad
Edisto beach (also known as Boneyard Beach):
Biking the Ravenal Bridge
Exploring Sullivan's Island
Drayton Hall Plantation:
The gorgeous drive through rural SC on the way to Edisto
Canoeing at Cypress Gardens
(we saw 6 alligators...one was walking across the path 5 feet in front of us!!)
Happy 40th to US!!