Monday, January 29, 2009
We woke up earl and went into Charleston to ride the horse-drawn carriage. It was straight out of a movie. We toured the homes and businesses in the area. We learned many interesting facts. We learned that the old homes with a side porch have a door in the front of the house which opens into the porch. Its not the front door of the home. The purpose of the door was to let visitors know if they were welcomed for a visit. If the door was open, it meant come on in for a visit, if it was closed it meant come back later.
Our horse's name was Bandit. He was very slow, but beautiful. The kids got a big kick out of Bandit peeing in the middle of our tour. It was super loud. The tour guide drops a marker and calls in the address of the "accident" and then the sanitation department goes to clean it and make it smell good. After our ride, we bought some chocolate BBQ sauce (on request) and we went back to the hotel, packed up and hit the road.
We drove along the coast on highway 17. It's not very busy and there are homes and businesses along the way. We drove into Myrtle Beach, NC and we went to a public beach and briefly went in the water and collected shells. It looked a lot like Miami Beach, but the water wasn't as clear. We had hotdogs and fries that we were craving since we drove in. We had a nice time there and then continued driving to New Bern, NC.
On our way, off the highway, we stumbled across the USS North Carolina , a battleship docked in Wilmington, NC. We drove through the town and continued to New Bern. We arrived around 9:30 p.m. The road into New Bern was scary at night and there was alot of construction and detours. We plan to be here for two nights and setting up camp at the Hilton New Bern right on the river.