Hank – Today involved more driving and less walking than yesterday. We visited Angel Oak, an oak tree that’s three or four hundred years old. Huge branches on the ground are supported by wooden beams to help keep them intact. The tree is an amazing sight.
The Charleston Tea Plantation is the only location in North America where tea is grown. We also learned how tea is harvested and made, which is easy enough that if you had a good greenhouse for a tea bush you could make your own tea. But I don’t know if a tea bush could survive winters back home.
We also visited the McLeod Plantation, Folly Beach where surfers were catching some waves, and the Morris Island lighthouse. The day passed quickly. One odd educational moment at the McLeod Plantation was learning there was a Civil War general whose name was States Rights Gist. States Rights. Imagine that.
Tomorrow we start working our way to Savannah, Georgia.
Kathy – As Hank said, the Angel Oak Tree was a pretty amazing site. Happy we decided to go see it. While we were on Wadmalaw Island we went to the Charleston Tea Plantation which was pretty cool. We had a tour of how they make their tea, had plenty of different teas to sample, and also got to roam around the tea fields. Apparently tea plants are best grown in hot humid areas so Charleston is a great spot for it. We bought some teas and hit a post office to mail it home. Happy sipping for us when we are home for Christmas!
The McLeod Plantation was our next destination. This is an old cotton plantation. The grounds surrounding the plantation had beautiful big oak trees with lots of moss hanging off them. Knowing the history, this plantation had a mix of beauty and lots of sadness associated with it. There were 31 old one-room shacks scattered about that the slaves working the fields used to live in. They only had a fireplace in them which was used for warmth and light. The main house where the McLeod’s lived was a pretty spectacular place. The contrast between the McLeod’s home and the slaves residents was astonishingly sad.
Our next location was Folly Island. This is a standard beach community located right in the Atlantic Ocean. It was cool to see the surfers out there doing their thing. The temps were in the mid 60’s today so I’m sure those wetsuits helped to keep the surfers warm in the cold water. The Morris Island Lighthouse is situated between Folly Island and Morris Island. You can only get to it by boat and it is off limits to tourists. So no climbing this lighthouse. Must say it wasn’t our favorite lighthouse. We have seen so many traveling down the eastern seaboard. This one is in disrepair and they are currently raising money to repair it. No doubt in due time it will shine like it did before…and rate up there with all the other spectacular lighthouses along the east coast.
As the daylight was ending so did our tourist time of seeing the sights. Now it was time to hit the store for supplies needed as we start cycling tomorrow to Savannah, Georgia. Only three days of riding before we get there. We really enjoyed our time in Charleston. Our southerly travels continue. 🚴♂️🚴♀️
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