We are blessed with lots of family. And recently, we found out just how much we have on my husband’s paternal side of the equation – all residing in the American South. Many times, it just takes one person to step up to keep family together. That’s what happened here.
A few years ago, my husband’s cousin, A., sent us a note in her Christmas Card that she was coming out for a short visit from her home in Columbia, South Carolina (tagging onto her son’s business trip). Now, this was quite a pleasant surprise. The last time our California family had seen anyone from the South was 27 years ago. I missed that reunion in Georgia, however, for those 27 years had dutifully scribed a cheerful card to cousin A.. I sent photos and news about our happenings, only knowing her through this annual penning of notes.
We had a fabulous visit with A. Upon her leaving, she urged us with grace and southern charm to visit…she followed up and sent me information about America’s only working tea garden near her ( in Charleston S.C.), she sent my husband a subscription to Charleston magazine and friended him on Facebook…once our sweet little dachshund passed away…I knew it was time for an extended vacation. So, we finally planned our trip to the south —
We showed up. And boy, so did they! With the “California cousins” coming for a visit, Cousin A. instigated a full-on family reunion which resulted in 120 members showing up to a beautiful gathering at Misty Lakes, No.Augusta, South Carolina. It was awesome.
Some of you know that I am not a fan of flying…so, with the reunion as the primary reason for our trip, I then targeted where we would eat and drink tea on the rest of our journey. Some of the best chefs in America do their cooking in Charleston. Exploring Low Country cooking was our focus and, of course, drinking tea.
Our Southern vacation…full of Family, History, Spanish Moss, Mansions, Mosquitos, Alligators, Low Country foods & Sweet Tea. The route: Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah, Charleston, Columbia, Atlanta … fun times with new found relatives all along the way. All because of one cousin who showed up and encouraged us to do so too.
My next few posts will be about my “finds” on this excursion. Here are a few photos of our trip in a nutshell…gorgeous Savannah, including Tybee Island, foliage, buggy rides, teas, barbecue, and truly fabulous Southern foods amidst the mansions.