||[Dec. 22nd, 2008|09:28 pm]
Got into the camp ground they're doing a festival of lights thing so getting to our campsite after dark involves much traffic but also a lot of christmass lights. Meza meza. [When the campground info said 'festival of lights', I figured that meant _near_ the campground, not on all the roads in the park and thus _on the way to_ the campground. No matter, it's a lovely display and not too long to get to the campsite. -C]
Going into Charleston proper two things become clear this town was never ment for cab and chasis duel rear wheel F350's and these people know how to fleece the unwary.
The first stop summed up both. Took me three try's to get parked in the garage ment for RV's this without the fiver just the truck and two go into the "Welcome center" and get directed to a time share type pitch to "save money on the tours in Charleston". No thanks my time is worth more then that.
Turned out the visitors center was in a different building and they were helpful. The guy pitching the time share didn't eat his teeth but it was a near thing.
We then drove around the down town area to get a feel for what we want to see. Sumter of course, a couple of the historic house and the carriage tour was the short list. We then looked for a place to eat and found a great little French place Mistrial or Mistrel something like that. [Mistral -- it was delicious and just what I wanted. -C]
Good food friendly people.