Well it wasn't a camper trip but this is all that I have for you guys at this point. The winter has been long as usual in upstate New York, I had a chance for an escape and decided it'd be worth it for a couple days to head south with a couple friends. A very good friend of mine that I grew up with and was also roommates with in California lives in DC now, his roommate's mother has a B and B down in Charleston, South Carolina that would could stay in for free so we decided to go for it. I left town on a Thursday after work and headed to DC, a 8 hour drive there is not the easiest (especially after working all week) but I made it in around 10, we got some burgers and you guessed it a couple nice cold IPAs (Ranger to be exact). I am not much for cities (except Portland and San Fran) so I wasn't too much impressed where he was living, the houses are crammed in and parking is a b*tch. I made the most of it as always. In the am we were up early and out the door, myself, Andrew, Darren and the next pooch Mocha!
The basic route out of NY to DC is 81 south, there are twists and turns but mostly that's it. Heading out of DC you take the 95 south, that will take you all the way to Miami if you wanted. Another 9 hours south and we were in Charleston. The bed and breakfast was really neat, two stories with the Piazza style porches that run the depth of the buildings, they're designed to help channel the sea breezes into the houses to help cool them. That is why you see them on one side or the other or even front or back on some houses depending on their position to the sea. Our host walked us around the city basically being our tour guide, describing the culture and a lot of the history of the south and Charleston. The downtown was very nice, the weather was sunny but a bit cold for the south. We hung out with Darren's Mom for the remaining of the night, went to a couple chilly rooftop bars and then back home for an early night.
There was an outdoors man, festival going on that weekend so we headed over to check out the festivities. After getting some boiled Cajun peanuts we headed over to watch the Birds of Prey show, I was very impressed with how well the birds reacted to their trainers. Swooping and turning and chasing treats around. They had an owl, golden eagle, condor, etc. The other tents were set up to showcase local talent, food and other activities. After watching the birds we ate at a really awesome restaurant called the Mellow Mushroom, it was an old movie theater converted into a Pizza place.
That night we went out on the town, it was a cold night but we found ourselves to a local watering hole to mingle with some of Charleston's greatest. We got to see a good band and watch some of the locals get down. The following day we got up and headed out to see more outdoorsy activities, the Dock Dog contest was in full swing and we got to see some puppy action. We finished the day with a walk on the beach and some exploring through the neighborhoods. The following day was a long 16 hour drive back to DC, then back to NY for me.