You're probably wondering about the title of this Blog page.
The last time I was in Charleston- Karen and I took a Historic Charleston guided tour carriage ride. The young southern girl serving as our tour guide- pointed out a building which she said: "was a jail where they housed prisoners during the WAR of Northern Aggression". I of course raised my hand and said "excuse me Miss - do you mean the Civil war?" To which she promptly replied "Sir - down here we call it the WAR of Northern Aggression". The civil war began here in Charleston with the attack on Fort Sumter in 1861, so I decided to include the story in my title. The Charleston area was also a center point in the some of the key battles in Revolutionary war, indeed the city is named after King Charles of England.
When I left Myrtle Beach the forecast was for rain and thunderstorms. However, once again I had some holy water spritz and at one point I thought I might be getting a full on Baptismal dousing but after 5 minutes the heavier rain disappeared. I arrived in Charleston at 2:30 after covering 100 miles
but nearly 3 hours to cover the 100 due to traffic and stoplights. After traversing the spectacular bridge leading into Charleston I checked into the Marriott Courtyard Waterfront. I caught the shuttle to the historic district. Research indicated that the best Irish pub in Charleston was Tommy Condon's Irish Pub, the Guinness was a solid 9.5 which means I found two really good pints in a row. I overheard a private tour group that had stopped at the pub say they were heading to The Oyster Bar. Oysters sound like a great idea. I headed over to the Oyster Bar and ordered a dozen blue point oysters, and a half dozen grilled oysters, a cup of she crab soup and an order of snow crab. I usually don't eat cooked oysters but I wanted to compare the Charleston variety to the ones I've had at my favorite oyster bar in New Orleans (The Bourbon House). The grilled ones were OK but not as good as the NO version. That said; the blue points while a bit smaller then the gulf blue points were excellent. By the way, if you are looking for a killer seafood restaurant in Myrtle Beach try
the 'Sea Captains House' best pecan encrusted grouper I've ever had. After a stroll around the historic district, I caught the shuttle back to the hotel.
Tomorrow I head down to Jacksonville and again the forecast is for thunderstorms and rain, hopefully the forecast will be wrong again. Jacksonville will be the end of the Southern and Eastern trek I've been making since leaving Muskegon MI a week ago. I will cut across the top of Florida on my way West to New Orleans. I estimate that only Montana, Alaska,Texas, and perhaps Pennsylvania, have East -West distances equal to the 350 miles from Jacksonville to the western edge of northern Florida.
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