It has been over a year and a half since we last wrote on this blog and at that time, I really did not think we would continue to keep the site active. The site has sat untouched (but prepaid for three years), yet much has changed since the time we said good bye to All In.
Hunter Wynne arrived on January 5, 2018 during a crazy snow storm we had in Beaufort. She has been pure joy and a perfect addition to our family. Soon after she was born, I started to feel the need for a little more space for our growing family. Completely unexpectedly, we bought a house about three months after she was born. The house seemed perfect, we actually did not even look at any other homes. We moved in the beginning of April and have been living here ever since. We look out over the Broad River/Port Royal sound that leads to the ocean. The same inlet we entered (and exited) a couple years ago. Avery and Leslie are days away from finishing kindergarten and first grade. Despite soaking up every second of their childhood while on the boat, I am still shocked at how fast time flies and my little 3 and 4 year old who lived on a boat are now very independent 6 and 7 year olds who have a toddling sister at their feet.
On a side note, All In was bought by two wonderful people who have since taken her back to the Bahamas and have continued to have incredible adventures aboard. We feel so lucky to have been able to keep in touch with the new owners and swap stories. They have just come back to the east coast, so we hope to catch up soon.
So, with the purchase of a house and addition of a baby (now toddler), we are settled comfortably back into life on land. The road trip I referred to in the last blog never happened. I think I was still high on adventure and wanting to continue that lifestyle. Of course, I still do, but realize the scale must be much, much smaller while the kitty restocks, and the next boat trip can be fully envisioned. We want to continue to have “mini adventures” with our children.
Which brings me to the reason for re-starting the blog. First, I have missed writing about our family experiences. This blog was a great platform to document our adventures and a way for me to reflect. We are living in a beautiful town on the coast of South Carolina, it would take us about 3-4 hours to get to the farthest portion of the state, which is very doable with our family. I want to teach the girls about where they live and all the unique and interesting things the state of South Carolina has to offer. South Carolina has 46 different counties and we are setting our goal to visit them all. By visiting, I do not mean just driving through them, which I am sure we have already done through the past years. The point of this “tour” is to explore free or low cost landmarks, activities, and events that are unique to each county, such things that are “off the beaten path” and are not your typical tourist destinations.
My hope is that this will be a great family summer learning experience. While I am not going to place any limits regarding the time frame to complete all 46 counties, I am hopeful that we will knock out the majority of the list this summer. We will blog about the locations and activities that each county has to offer. I am in the process of making a South Carolina passport book that the girls will use to journal and document their experiences and what they saw and learned about. Maybe this will give other families some ideas of different things they can do that are close to where they live. We also started making Blessing Bracelets again and plan on leaving one in each county we visit.
As we begin to plan and research the different areas of the state, I would welcome suggestions from any other South Carolinian’s who have ideas about places to visit. I have also found through my beginning research that not all counties are “equal” in the number of things to do, the areas along the coast and the upstate appear to have more options. So, I would greatly appreciate any input from others. Feel free to leave comments below.