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Beautiful Beaufort

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 302014
 

Yesterday we took a day trip to Beaufort, South Carolina, one of the most beautiful small towns in America, and one with so much history you can almost feel it in the air.

Located on Port Royal Island in the heart of the Lowcountry, Beaufort has withstood everything from Indian attacks to threats of Spanish invasion, the Civil War, hurricanes, fever epidemics, and more since it was founded way back in 1711. In its early days Beaufort was a major shipbuilding center, and in the years before the Civil War it was the place to be for the elite of the Lowcountry plantation society.

Captured and occupied by Union troops early in the Civil War, Beaufort became a haven for escaping slaves. The Federal government declared the slaves emancipated and began efforts to educate them and prepare them for a life of independence.

We spent a couple of hours just leisurely driving down the streets of the small, friendly city, admiring the beautiful homes and mansions dating back to the early days.

Gate house 

Flag house

Cuthbert House

Surrounded by huge live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss, many of the old homes look like something straight out of an old time movie.

There is a reason that Southern Living named Beaufort the "Best Small Southern Town." Can you imagine a more beautiful place to live?

Palm house

Peach House

Hammock house

The side streets are narrow and many have low-hanging tree limbs. Definitely not a place to drive an RV!

Low limb

This is the First African Baptist Church, founded in 1865, which grew out of a plantation praise house. During the Civil War, after Union troops occupied Beaufort during the Civil War, the church hosted a school for freedmen.

Church

The city’s Visitor Center is housed in the old Beaufort Arsenal, originally built in 1798, and the home of the Beaufort Volunteer Artillery, which had its roots in an earlier company that served in the Revolutionary War. The unit saw action in the 1861 Battle of Port Royal during the Civil War.

Visitor Center armory2

Unfortunately, I think Beaufort is one if the few towns in the country I have ever seen that demands you pay a parking meter to stop at their Visitor Center, or just about anywhere else in town. It seems to be a prosperous community, so I don’t think they need the money. That’s about the only negative we saw to Beaufort, and certainly not a reason to avoid it. But it did keep us from spending much time browsing the interesting shops along Bay Street on the waterfront.

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Thought For The Day – God loves everyone, but I think he probably prefers “fruits of the spirit” over “religious nuts.”

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Oct 292014
 

Before I get into the blog, I want to wish a happy birthday to a very special young lady. Today our beautiful granddaughter Hailey turns twelve. Wow, where does the time go? Happy birthday Hailey. We love you! Today is our last day at Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort and I don’t know where the [...]

More RV Goodies

 Posted by at 12:10 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 282014
 

Every so often when I don’t have anything else to write about I post a blog about useful products for RVers, and they always seem to be well received, so here goes again. I hope you find a thing or two that help making your RV travels safer and more enjoyable. Pet Rescue Decals – [...]

In The Mail

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 272014
 

Terry worked like a mad woman all weekend and finished up with the last of the envelope stuffing last night. Today we’ll take them to the post office and the new issue of the Gypsy Journal will be in the mail. It always feels good to get that chore behind us. While she was busy [...]

Windex…. Who Knew?

 Posted by at 12:58 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 262014
 

Thank you to everybody who sent me suggestions for products and home remedies for the gnat bites that have been driving me mad. As it turns out, Miss Terry had the best answer, Windex. Yes, regular glass cleaner with ammonia in it. She told me to put some on my arms and darned if it [...]

I Prefer Hitch Itch

 Posted by at 12:33 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 252014
 

All fulltime RVers know about hitch itch, that malady that affects us when we’ve stayed in one place too long. It starts out with a mild case of the doldrums, then we find ourselves reading about our friends’ traveling adventures on Facebook and start to envy them, even when they are in places we don’t [...]

Just Ballast

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 242014
 

The most productive thing I did yesterday was to just add ballast to planet Earth to help it maintain its orbit in space. If a traffic cop would have come along and marked me with chalk, I’m sure I would have been towed away because I didn’t move for hours. I’m surprised Terry didn’t hold [...]

Oct 232014
 

Miss Terry says I am head over heels in love with the beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia but I think that’s an exaggeration. Enthralled? Yes. Enamored? Sure. But head over heels? Yeah, that’s an exaggeration. A tiny exaggeration maybe, but an exaggeration none the less. But even if I am, who could blame me? What’s [...]

Getting A Lot Done

 Posted by at 12:12 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 222014
 

I have had a lot of blog readers asking me what I suggest they do for internet access now that Verizon has acquired Millenicom’s accounts and it seems to be out of the internet business. I don’t really know what to advise anybody because at this point the entire industry seems to be in a [...]

Hilton Head Beach Day

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 212014
 

When we spent a week in Key West, Florida a few years back, we were disappointed to find that even though it’s an island, access to the water was limited to a few narrow beaches and they were crowded with people elbow to elbow. So we didn’t know what to expect when we went to [...]