It almost pains me to go back and read my post from last Wednesday. Our original plan was to spend Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon in Charleston. Our original plan also included temperatures in the 70s, sunshine, and almost zero chance of rain.
An insensitive, destructive jerk named Joaquin came along, however, and thwarted those plans. Torrential downpours and historic flooding were not exactly part of the itinerary I painstakingly organized for our getaway.
Nonetheless, we set out on Thursday and hoped for the best. (Note to last week's self: next time, don't be so optimistic and go ahead and pack a rain jacket and rain boots.) It was raining when we landed that afternoon and continued to rain as we trekked to/from dinner. When we got back to our apartment (AirBNB for the win!), we were soaked. Nonetheless, we hoped that a new day would bring less rain and a fresh perspective, so we settled in, reorganized the itinerary to account for rain, and hit the hay.
Taking off for our flight on Thursday- Brian hearts taking selfies with me
Trail Mix: Hers & His edition (A big shout-out to my pal, Heather, for hooking me up with this amazing candy corn mix! It did not disappoint!)
Friday was gray and gloomy, drizzling on and off throughout the day. In anticipation of flooding and hurricane weather (Charleston sits right on the water), a lot of the local attractions were closed (the city market, the aquarium, Fort Sumter, etc.), but we were perfectly happy to walk around and see the sights. We also enjoyed a few tasty meals, did some shopping, and were even able to take a carriage ride around the city.
A morning view of the front of the mansion where our apartment was- our room was in the bottom left corner
Cute stairway/porch we came across on the way to breakfast
Brian's french toast (that looks more like a hunk of beef) from Toast
I don't feel bad re-posting this Instagram pic I took since it was one of the few meal outings we were able to have!
One of the 500 churches in town
Rainy and awkward selfie at the waterfront
Another couple asked us to take their pic so we got them to do the same
Surprise: another selfie!
Two cute houses- this set-up would be perfect for mine and Allison's future plans to live nextdoor to each other
Our carriage ride "driver," Dakota
Hey, look, another church!
One of the more colorful mansions we saw on our tour
The Calhoun Mansion where a scene from "The Notebook" was filmed; we had planned to go tour it on Saturday but no such luck
I loved these cute window planters!
Brian, me (apparently sporting an 80s slouched shoulder), and Dakota after the tour
After the carriage ride, Brian convinced me to buy rain boots and even though I only got a half day of use out of them, I'd say it was a wise purchase!
We had a tasty lunch at Eli's Table, where we had the Fried Green Tomato Napoleon as an appetizer, which was basically fried green tomatoes covered in a pimento cheese spread. Since I never got the chance to have a legit pimento cheese sandwich as I had hoped, this was as close as I got and was delicious... and I don't even like tomatoes!
Philadelphia Alley, which was apparently a very popular spot for dueling back in the day
Brian was expressing excitement over the history of the alley, whereas I was expressing excitement over the cobblestone :)
And then came the heavy rain, which pretty much didn't stop until, well, ever.
Rainy view near the market
We enjoyed a light dinner at Virginia's on King and headed back to the apartment to retire for the evening.
One of the same churches pictured above lit up at night
It poured all night on Friday, and on Saturday morning, it didn't let up. We tuned in to the news to hear reports of major flooding, access to downtown (where we were staying) being shut off, and a whole host of closures throughout the city. We decided to head to breakfast at a cafe nearby, and were disappointed when we got there to learn that the kitchen staff had left due to the weather.
We came back to the apartment, where I ate my bagel in bed and cried. I had just had such high hopes for our weekend and had put so much time and effort into planning the perfect trip, and it just seemed like we couldn't catch a break.
Upon seeing this lovely forecast...
... and hearing about how difficult it was (and would continue to be) for people to get in and out of downtown, we decided to go ahead and book a flight out for that afternoon instead. And knowing that transportation options would be limited, we figured it was better to get a ride to the airport sooner rather than later.
So after paying 3 times the normal fare to an Uber driver, we arrived at the Charleston airport at 11:30 am and spent the next 5 hours there waiting for our flight. Thank you, baby Jesus, for free WiFi and seats with electrical outlets (especially in an otherwise dumpy and under-construction airport).
We made it back to our house around 10:30 on Saturday evening, and even though we were tired and disappointed about the way our trip had turned out, we were thankful to sleep in our own beds and wake up to our nutty little toddlers the next morning. And speaking of those toddlers, we can't thank Mimi and Granddaddy (and Aunt Shannon, too!) enough for taking such good care of them (and the house and dogs!) while we were gone! Clearly they didn't have any fun at all while we were away...
Please note Brian's old Mickey Mouse gloves that Colby apparently insisted on wearing to bed :)
Charleston, don't you worry, we'll be back one day... and that day will not be during hurricane season.