Here are some things I love:
- My brother, Jack – the funniest, most creative person I know. Check out his blog to see what I mean.
- Traveling – anywhere.
- National parks.
- Running so I can put all sorts of deliciousness in my face. Donuts, breakfast sandwiches, beer, carbs, carbs, carbs.
- Weirdo lists & goals so I can channel my energy & feel a sense of accomplishment
When South Carolina became a contender for our Jack & Rita annual sibling trip, I knew it was going to check all of the boxes. Here’s the 411:
- The RACE. The Cooper Bridge Run helped us pick the weekend. This is the mac daddy of races in South Carolina, with 35,000 people participating. This 10K is a point to point, starting in Mt. Pleasant, heading over the Cooper Bridge & ending in Marion Square. What this means is you are up at the crack of dawn to grab a bus to Mt. Pleasant and RUNNING OVER THIS BRIDGE! This is serious business. About 4% grade incline and 4K in distance. I walked part of this mamajamma without shame.
- The FOOD. Everything you read about Charleston will mention the food. Seafood. Grits. Biscuits. All the southern fare. And when you run a race, there are no calories in this food. That 10K at a turtle’s pace allowed us to woof down some Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit breakfast sandwiches, Husk & Edmund’s Oast dinners, Peace Pie ice cream pies and Sugar Bakeshop cookies. If I had to pick one place to go back to, it would be Edmund’s Oast – hand’s down. Their crispy skin chicken & mac and peas were out of this world and I’m praying that their recipes for both are floating around on the interwebs so I can make at home.
- The SCENE. Skip King Street and head south of Broad to wander the streets and see all of the secret gardens and alleyways. The city is blooming in early April & its stunning.
- The NATIONAL PARK: Congaree National Park. A national park I haven’t visited – score! This one was swampy, but luckily the mosquito meter was low. We took the 2 mile boardwalk trail around the cypress trees & cypress knees (these nubs surrounding the trees – like hoodoos but made of wood). We saw 2 turtles, a woodpecker & a cute dog. Congaree isn’t Rainier or Zion or any of the other NPS superstars, but it was pretty & still worth the trip. #volpivictory