Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spring Break 2017 Charleston

 This year marks our second annual spring break road trip to Charleston, South Carolina.  Four days of driving with five days of vacation.
 With all our stops we added a lovely 2-3 hours each day.  I hate packing and loading the kids for the trip, but once we are going, it is fun to have all the kids locked and loaded full of movies and high quality gas station snacks.

It was surprising just how beautiful Alabama's rolling hills and spring flowers are.  The entire trip is beautiful should you ever make the trip.  Leaving 80 degree weather to go to the beach that never got out of the 50s was a shock.  Good thing we brought our winter clothes to the beach.

This was our first venture with the free wheel attachment for the wheelchair.  It worked great on the hard sand but not so great on soft sand.  I guess we put too much pressure on it and it would bend the footplate.  I figure, beach wheelchairs with fat tires are still the best if you can rent them at your beach.  Since it wasn't available at most beaches, this gives us some option as it lifts the front casters if you look closely.  
Low tide at Kiawa island with lots of jelly fish and buried treasure (like Scott's wedding ring that he lost and I found)
Hanna racing to pick up sand dollars and shells
The beautiful Ravenel bridge connecting Charleston to Mt. Pleasant
Plenty of things to do even in the cold in Charleston.  The kids loved the aquarium.
Hanna loved touching the star fish.
Garrett loved the lego exhibits the most.
Mom always knows how to make new friends
This time Hayden wasn't so sure he wanted to be brave.  Garrett sure did.
So we had never seen a turtle sit like this in the sun?
The plantations are amazing to visit in Charleston.  They are sacred places and have been preserved and beautified.  The kids learned a lot about slavery, Black, English, French and Native American history. 
It took us touring the plantation and the zoo all day before were finally made it to the "pirate ship" that the kids had been looking forward to.
Garrett became obsessed with the canons and how they protected the plantation and the forts in the area.
Hanna and I became obsessed with the flowers and selfies with them.
The gardens at the plantations are amazing.
It was raining outside and the ship really isn't wheelchair accessible so we sand karaoke from the car as loud as we could, Highway to the Danger Zone!
Another trip to a national park and seeing a lighthouse on Sullivan's Island.
We have a lifetime America the Beautiful Pass  pass for the disabled and we plan on going to see as many national parks as possible.  They are better prices than any amusement park for sure.
The rain and lack of accessibility wouldn't stop us.  Scott carried Hayden all the way to the top of the lookout.
The underground Fort Moultrie
Not exactly what I expected to see from a national park, but this fort was very kid friendly and I am so glad we went to see where the early pioneers battled (actually Fort Sumter is where the Civil War began but it is only accessible by boat and it was just too cold)
Gaga and Hanna made cookies and hot chocolate since it was a cold spring break.
It was a great Sunday at church with Gaga taking a day of "rest".

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