A local Charlestonian informed us that Bessinger’s BBQ wasn’t “real” Carolina Que. She told us we needed to get ourselves over to Home Team BBQ for the “real thang.” Being the foodies that we are, we took her advice. Home Team BBQ has only been in business a mere 8 years but with two locations, it has established quite a following already. On the day we visited, as soon as one party cleared a table, another party took its place. That said, we weren’t overly impressed with the food. The pulled pork was more tender than Bessinger’s but the sides were mediocre at best. Nothing about the food or vinegar based sauces would make us return in the future. In all honesty though, nothing about Bessinger’s pulled pork would make us go back for more either. Bessinger’s onion rings though, we’d come back for again and again.
Since we were last here in September 2009, I’ve had the James Island County Park’s Holiday Festival of Lights on my radar. It’s the reason why we’re passing through Charleston this late in the season. Sunday evening appeared to be the best night to attend with clear skies and moderate temperatures. We were concerned that with it being a Sunday and the opening weekend for the festival, it would be crowded but we were concerned for nothing. The Festival of Lights is a combination driving and walking tour. This year was the Silver Anniversary of the annual affair.
It’s claimed that more than a million people have toured the light show. When the festival began in 1990, it featured just 18 light displays over a two mile drive. That year it hosted 85,000 visitors. Now, 25 years later, it features over 700 light displays, gift shops, entertainment, visits with Santa, rides, food, and more. The park has a team of volunteers who work on the event year long and their effort makes for an impressive and spectacular must see holiday happening. To say we were greatly impressed is an understatement. Our only regret….we didn’t have our grandchildren to share this with. From 2 to 16 years of age, they would have loved it!
Monday, Don and I were both feeling exhausted. Neither of us slept well the night before. Don thought maybe it was because he’d overindulged on Christmas cookies and caffeine the previous evening. Me, I’d been feeling off the entire day before and into the night. I have anxiety issues and am also hypoglycemic. Sometimes the symptoms are so similar, it’s hard to say which one of the two are giving me grief. A glass of oj and some deep breathing exercises did give me a enough relief to venture out to Charleston’s City Market and the Moon Pie General Store.
At the city marketplace, Don and I browsed from one end to the other not making any purchases. We did stop at several of the Low Country sweet grass basket vendors to admire the wares and observe the women weaving baskets. The prices have risen proportionately since I purchased mine in 2009. They are above my pay scale now.
We did pick up some moon pies and RC Cola at the Moon Pie store. These are to share with our family Christmas Eve. We are THAT type of grandparents who would fill the grandchildren with lots of sugar on Christmas Eve, then send them home to (try to) sleep in preparation for Santa’s annual visit. Yes, we are stinkers!
Charleston’s weather took a turn for the worst along with the rest of the U.S. The temps are expected to drop into the 20’s. Don attempted to get our furnace operating to no avail. We haven’t used it since April 2013 so we don’t know if it sat unused too long or what. It kicks in but won’t stay on. Don will have an RV tech take a look at it once we’re settled in Florida for the Winter. So, after assessing the situation, Don made an executive decision, we left Charleston a day earlier than planned. He bypassed Jacksonville where we had reservations, because of freezing temperatures reaching there too. Stopping to overnight in St. Augustine, we arrived 5 days earlier than planned in Cape Canaveral. Fortunately Jetty Park campground could accommodate us. It is so nice to be warm again!
Here’s lookin’ at you kid………………….