September 22, 2016
Happy first day of fall! Not that it feels like fall. Eh, well hat was I expecting? Heehee.
Steve didn't have to go into the office to work today, so we actually got to spend some time together this morning! We got breakfast and then sat around in the lobby of the hotel and chatted a bit. We finally parted ways so that he could do his homework and I headed back out to explore some more.
I realized last night that I didn't bring any clothes or shoes suitable for going to the beach, even if I was just going to walk around and not swim. Greeeeeeeeat. What was I thinking? I probably don't have to tell you that most of the cutesy boutique clothing shops around here don't cater to the bodaciously fluffy kind of woman that I am, even though I'm not exactly completely out of the "straight" sizes. I figured that it wouldn't be easy to find something to wear. Luckily, the very thing I complained about yesterday actually helped me. I walked to the GAP and got some shorts! Hooray for the GAP!
After that I just sort of wondered around for a while looking for some shenanigans to get involved in. I walked all the way to the visitors center and grabbed a tour bus. I really should have done that on my first day, but I got really excited about being able to walk everywhere I wanted to go. I'm not so excited about that now, so I paid to take a "General History" tour. The tour was ok, but I was disappointed that the driver didn't give us more specific history concerning things that happened around here. He did give us the history of the town itself, and about a couple of the houses, but I think he spent more time talking about the colleges here in the city. I was still glad to have taken the tour, because at least I know now that I went to most of the major things that I would have wanted to see. I missed a couple of the house museums, but that's fine. Maybe the only thing I won't get a chance to see is the French Quarter, but it is mostly restaurants, so unless I want to go from restaurant to restaurant and eat, which actually sounds like a pretty good idea now that I think of it, I am ok not going back!
I actually left the tour bus before we got back to the visitor's center. His tour was technically over, and he gave us the option to get off and take a trolley back to wherever we were going. I got off because I wanted to look around the market one more time and then I could just walk back to the hotel. Before I could look around too much, Steve texted me to let me know he was done with work, so I walked back and we ate together. We had plans for later, so we came back to the hotel for a bit so I could clean up.
I feel like this whole cleaning up thing has taken up way too much of my time here in Charleston. I just really hate feeling sweaty unless I specifically want to be sweaty, you know?
We hung around the hotel until it was time for us to leave, and we walked back down past Market Street to meet our tour group. We were going on a ghost tour! Woot! I love, love, love going on ghost tours. I really do think it's the best way to learn about a city. I mean, sure, you have to listen to ghost stories, and mileage may vary on that depending on your feelings on the supernatural, but the tour guides usually have a real passion about the history of the city that your in, so you get a lot of the normal history along with the ghosties. Our tour was pretty good, although like the bus tour, I thought there would be more to it. Not that it wasn't fun and informative and all that, but I still thought there would me more stories. We did learn that Edgar Allan Poe's legendary "Annabelle Lee" is allegedly buried in a kind of out-of-the-way graveyard just off of King St. so that was pretty cool. The tour took us all over and lasted for about 2 hours. By the time it was over, Steve and I were hot, sweaty, tired, and starving. We had not eaten dinner before going on this thing, and I don't have any idea what we were thinking. We felt too gross to go into a restaurant, so we went back to the hotel and got room service.
I love room service, even though it seems kind of hedonistic. I don't know why it does, really, other than someone else cooks and brings you food that you can eat without wearing pants, but it was good! We ended up staying up rather later than we had intended to, but it was a fun day. I slept kind of hard.