Jane and I made a quick trip to South Carolina this past weekend. We actually got there Thursday and came home Sunday. Nephew Eric got married in Charleston on Saturday, so we got a hotel on the beach not too far from there. It's a little place right on the ocean called Folly Beach. Someone said it's sort of a surfer town. We didn't surf, but we watched plenty of people. It was definitely a laid back area, which we enjoyed very much.
We stayed at the Tides hotel. It was a tad pricey, but we liked it. The room was nothing spectacular - other than overlooking the ocean and beach area. It had a really nice restaurant and bar area. You could sit inside or hang out outside. And the beach there is very nice. It was wider than any other we've been too and it was also one of the cleanest we've seen. The sand was pretty clear of rocks and seaweed, and was good on shore and in the water. The staff were all very friendly too.
We flew out of Fort Wayne on a Delta connection to Atlanta. It took about an hour and fifteen minutes. The flight from Atlanta to Charleston was only about forty minutes. We rented a nifty little Chevy Sonic, and it took about a half hour to drive to Folly Beach. We got there around noon Thursday and ate lunch while waiting for our room to become available. After that we kind of just hung out on the beach or at the bar along the ocean. We spent most of the day Friday just lounging on the beach and playing in the ocean. There were plenty of indoor/outdoor type eating places within walking distance. Most of them had live music at night. It was our kind of place.
Saturday was the wedding. It was held in the chapel at The Citadel in Charleston. It was a pretty awesome looking campus. I believe it's a military school. Erik is in the Navy and that's where both he and his bride went to college. Erik is now a submarine driver in the Navy.
The wedding itself was fairly small, but in a huge building. It was nice. The reception was then held at The Citadel beach house on the Isle of Palms. That seemed like a pretty ritzy place, and it was right on the beach as well. Several of Jane's brothers and their spouses were there (all except Keith), as well as all Johns kid's, and Allison. We hung around and ate and drank until a little after 9 pm, then we made the 40 minute drive back to our surfer hotel. There was a band at the outside bar and we hung out there awhile before going to bed.
Sunday we left the hotel around 9 am and headed back to the Charleston airport. We flew from there back to Atlanta. We were supposed to have a 2 hour layover there, but it ended up being 4. We ate and hung around and rode the 'plain train' around for awhile. We figured we might as well get used to the Atlanta airport since Isaac is moving there. We finally got back to Fort Wayne and Carrie, Anna and Bennett were there to greet us. We got big hugs and then Carrie drove us home.
All in all it was a very nice time. Most of our flights were a little on the rough side - though it probably didn't help that we were seated in the back of the plain on all but one.
So... another trip has come and gone. Very nice... very relaxing. I approve.