As we previously mentioned, our original plan was to visit Savannah, GA, in early October. But then Hurricane Matthew came along and we had to re-route, heading south along the Gulf Coast of Florida as far as the Florida Keys, then north along the Atlantic Coast. Weeks ago, we had already booked a spot for an extended stay beginning in mid-November in Navarre, FL, on the Gulf Coast of the Florida panhandle between Pensacola and Ft. Walton Beach. Bottom line, in order to get back to Savannah, we stopped off in Brunswick, GA. This would save us 150 driving miles to get to Navarre.
To visit Charleston, we parked at Lake Aire RV Park in Hollywood, SC, about 12 miles southwest of Charleston. While here we visited downtown Charleston, took a tour out to Fort Sumter and checked out Kiawah Island.
Fort Sumter is on a small island strategically located in the Charleston Harbor. It was originally one of a series of coastal fortifications built by the United States following the War of 1812. It was still unfinished in late 1860 when South Carolina seceded from the United States as a statement about state sovereignty regarding slavery. At this point a garrison of 85 federal troops led by Major Robert Anderson moved to Fort Sumter from nearby Fort Moultrie. Within 4 months Confederate troops fired the first shots of the Civil War by attacking the Federal troops on Fort Sumter. Three days later Major Anderson had to surrender Fort Sumter and was allowed to leave with all of his troops. For the next 20 months Confederate troops held Fort Sumter against repeated assaults from Union cannons and gun ships. Today it is Fort Sumter National Monument.
While in Charleston, we began to realize we would need to change our travel plans due to Hurricane Matthew. We had planned to go to Savannah, GA, next but that would put us too close to the coast and too exposed to potential harm from the hurricane. We postponed our Savannah plans and instead reserved a spot in Statesboro, GA, approximately 55 miles inland from Savannah. Even 3 days ahead of the storm we had trouble finding an available RV spot.
Next stop: Statesboro, GA
It was a short drive for us to relocate to Northern Virginia to continue our visit with Valerie’s sisters. Here we parked at Bull Run Regional Park, a large community park with huge open areas, large picnic pavilions, a waterpark and a nice wooded campground. It is located in Centreville, VA, just off I-66 about 30-40 minutes west of Washington, DC.
Acadia National Park recently celebrated its 100th anniversary which coincides with the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service. A substantial portion of the parkland was gifted by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. much as he did to help establish Grand Teton National Park.