Thursday, June 10, 2010
Putting Vacation Pics to Words
Janine and I have made it a point especially after last year to take the train every year for our anniversary and find a spot on the map that we haven't visited and visit it. Last year we had a lot of fun in Philadelphia and I took the occasion to propose to the most wonderful woman I've ever met. This year, per her suggestion, we looked into travelling south.
The easy choice would have been somewhere like Charlotte or Atlanta, but I figured Charleston would have more of what we were looking for. Charleston has great beaches, a colorful history, and an interesting locale. So we decided to test our train legs and take the 7+ hour train ride each way to South Carolina. Our first lesson, that ride is just as long as it sounds...if not longer! Carry a lot of reading material and be ready to sit for a long, long time.
Each way the train was delayed, which we can live with, but 4 hours of our vacation were spent waiting for a train. Something else we learned, CSX owns the tracks south of DC, so Amtrak operates on their rules. Both ways we were under a heat advisory which kept the train on a slow pace back and forth to our destinations. So keep in mind before taking long train trips in the south that the trip can become longer than planned.
Something I learned when doing this kind of travel, especially if staying in a resort and renting a car is to own a credit card. Traveling on debit can be painful as they can hold several hundred dollars to ensure there are no additional charges incurred. So I think keeping a very small credit card for travel (and online purchasing) is a good idea, just keep a 0 balance on it! I've never been and advocate for keeping a credit card, but there are times it does help to have something for these occasions.
We got some good rest and relaxation in both days. It was so nice and recharging to be on the beach and have access to the ocean. My only wish would have been to have another day to lay out and catch some more rays.
Spoleto which was going on while we were there. I'm linking to the festival so people can take a look and maybe plan on visiting next year too, I recommend it for anyone who appreciate the arts.
All in all we had a lot of fun. Charleston is a very humid and warm town, easy to navigate, home of a lot of nice Southern people, and a lot of fun. We may go back someday soon, probably not by train though.