Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Old Things

It's been flooding here lately due to a lot of rain. I'm told that downtown was very flooded yesterday, so I'm glad we went last weekend and not this week! We're no where near any of the flooding, so it's not affecting us at all. We just end up with a wet doggie when we take him for a walk. Luckily, he was given a bath lately and he doesn't smell.

Now for some more pictures of Charleston!

One of the first things we saw while walking around downtown was a cobblestone road. I almost hurt myself walking on it. These were apparently made for horse feet and not human feet.

There are a lot of lovely buildings in Charleston. Even the main buildings for the shops lining the streets were nice. The one here is even for lease, if you are interested.

There are several very nice, old houses down there as well. They get a plaque if they are old enough and important enough. Like this.

Here is a front view of the house.

I think the side view is better. It shows just how big the house is. (And look! More palm trees!)

We walked by that house because I heard church bells and wanted to go see the church. Right next to the house was the church I heard. I guess it was rebuilt.

I really like this picture I took of it.
The sky is so nice and blue. Very peaceful.

And this is for Rachel. It's a picture of the Charleston Library Society (
Lots of books in there, according to the library website. But membership seems to be expensive. There is a public library somewhere, I just haven't tried to find it yet.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Ice Cream and Palm Trees

We finally made our way into downtown Charleston this weekend. The reason for our trip, besides to finally visit the area, is that I discovered that there is a Haagen-Dazs shop there, something that I didn't even know existed. And so, our main goal was to acquire ice cream. We were successful in that goal.
Across the street (on the other side of the market) is a Ben & Jerry's. We'll go there next time, but I'm sure it isn't as amazing as Haagen-Dazs.

We parked a few streets away from the ice cream shop and walked around for a bit. After walking through the market, which had lots of homemade crafts and touristy items, we walked up and down a few streets. Some of the stores located there were very upscale and belonged in a fancy mall. It seemed odd that they were just on the street. This downtown area is very different than what I'm used to.

One thing I've realized is that it's going to take me a while to get used to palm trees being everywhere. This palm tree was right next to where we parked the car.

All of the streets where we were walking were all lined with palm trees. And some of the streetlights seemed to be gas powered instead of electric.

This small stubby thing looks like a palm tree, but I'm guessing it is called something else. Any ideas?

People even include palm trees in their fancy gardens. 
Gardens which they want you to "enjoy the view from the street".

The garden was behind one of the historical houses which is now a private residence. I can't imagine how much money those people must make to live in the house and keep the yard looking so nice.

We didn't walk around for too long. While it was a nice day, not too humid nor too hot, it was very sunny and the sun was very warm. We'll go back eventually.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Trains in the mall

I suppose the content of this blog is aimed at my dad more than anyone else. I didn't take more pictures because I felt awkward taking pictures of the rooms with my cellphone. Maybe I'll go back and take more next time we're out there.

Anyhow, the mall near where I live has two "stores" that are dedicated to trains instead of shopping. The one is a train museum and the other has model trains set up.

Inside of the museum there are a lot of old signs, railroad pieces, documents, uniforms, and other things. I was told that the museum contains artifacts from the South Carolina railroad. I don't know a lot about it, so I'm not going to pretend that I do. Here is a sign they had in the museum:

If you go to you can find out more. The website even has the schedule of the trains that run on the renovated track. There is also

Next door to the museum is where the Charleston Area Model Railroad Club has several model trains set up. They have at least 3 tables with different scale trains running through different track setups. The room is also full several people willing to talk to anyone about their model trains and trains in general.

The trains are set up permanently and some even have mountain scenery with tunnels. I didn't take a picture of that... but here is a picture of another table of trains!
That one does have some scenery, but not the hilly mountainous area.

I think there were two more tables that I didn't take pictures of. The website for the club has plenty of pictures for you to look at:

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Some local creatures

We've lived here for a week now, so I'm beginning to become acquainted with the local creatures. There are plenty of dragonflies all over, which is lovely. I like dragonflies. They are pretty but difficult to take a picture of.

Unfortunately there are also a lot of horrible insect type creatures around. One such creature managed to make its way into our apartment. I didn't know what it was until we got it outside and had a chance to look it up. Kat informed me that it was trapped behind a blind near my computer. Once I got a look at it... I ran to the bedroom and hid in bed. Don't worry, the door was closed to keep it out. Here is a picture of it in a jar before Joe took it outside:
It is apparently a red paper wasp. They are not nice at all. The maintenance people will be around soon (I hope) to get rid of the small hives around the building.

Another creature around the apartment complex, which I haven't seen yet, but I'm told is around 4 feet long, lives in the small lake/ large pond near our building. Here is his sign:
I'm not looking forward to meeting him/her. I don't have to go near the lake for anything, so that is nice.

On to better creatures!

There are a lot of sticky frogs, which I guess are really called green tree frogs, all over. They are adorable and clever. One of them stays by a light outside at night to catch bugs.
The one in the picture is larger than most I've seen. Several are as small as a quarter. Their tiny size makes it difficult to take a picture of them at night. The tiny ones only seem to hang around at night.

And finally, you can meet our doorman:
I suppose a proper title should be "door-toad". He is outside of our door every night, just hanging out. He didn't like having his picture taken. He kept hopping away from me.

As I type this, Lucky is snoring. Here is some visual evidence:
The only type of creature that Lucky has noticed so far are the toads. He saw one the other day and tried to catch it. He instantly forgot about the toad when he realized we were outside and there were things to sniff.
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