Prepping for a Hurricane

List of item for hurricane

This week we’ve been consumed with watching Hurricane Irma and the National Weather Service’s predictions of if the storm will hit Charleston. Irma has already left a path of destruction in the eastern Caribbean and the state of Florida is bracing for the worst.

Hurricane Irma has been difficult to predict, but as of this morning the storm continues to shift west and away from Charleston. Of course, the storm’s path could change again. There has been no official evacuation orders, although those may come tomorrow morning. As for now (Friday morning), we don’t know if we will be staying or leaving and we are preparing for both scenarios.

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Spring Break on Folly Beach

Spring Break on Folly Beach

There are several reasons why locals love Folly Beach: the breezy, laid-back atmosphere, miles of sandy beaches, and its reputation as one of the best places to surf on the east coast. With an abundance of short-term rentals and eclectic shops and bars, the island is a popular destination for spring breakers. Below are my tips for spending a fun-filled week on Folly.   Continue reading

Day Trip: Kiawah and Wadmalaw Islands

Guide to Charleston Beaches

Looking to explore South Carolina’s Lowcountry for a day? My in-laws visited last summer, which is high tourism season here in Charleston. To get away from the crowds in downtown Charleston, we decided to do a little island hopping outside the city and visit John’s Island, Kiawah Island, and Wadmalaw Island. The road is lined with Live Oaks covered in Spanish moss, and along the way we saw horse farms, tidal creeks, and farm stands with local produce. Continue reading

Day Trip: Botany Bay

The weekend after our dog died, we were desperate to get out of the house. We not only wanted a change of scenery, but a place to go that didn’t remind us of our beloved Ruby everywhere we looked.

We had been to Botany Bay once before, a few years ago. I remembered that the beach was long and narrow, so it was important to go when the tide was low or going out. I also made a mental note to never go on a hot day in the summer…and even though it was mid-July we decided we could handle it if we went early. Finally, Botany Bay is a place we told my family about countless times, but it’s close to an hour away from where we live so they hadn’t been. Since my parents and sister were in town visiting from Kentucky, we figured that now was the right time to pack up the car and head to Botany Bay. Continue reading