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Strolling on the Pitt Street Bridge

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I didn't post yesterday because Landon's parents were in town for the long weekend. We had a busy day--Landon went quail hunting with his dad, I visited with his mom until she had to head back home, and then my sister and I went to see "Frozen," which we loved.

Anyway, we had a great time this weekend with my in-laws; they're from out of town, so we don't get to see them very often. 

Landon suggested a walk since Sunday was sunny (if a tad bit chilly with the wind), so we headed out to one of my favorite spots in Charleston: the Pitt Street bridge in Mount Pleasant.

It's one of those places where you either need to get really, really lost to find, or you know someone in the area. But once you find it, there's a beautiful walking trail right through the marsh, and gorgeous views of the Charleston harbor, the bridge, and the downtown Charleston skyline. 
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If you're into kayaking, there is a kayak launch there--and plenty of kayaking trails through the marsh into the Intracoastal Waterway. I can't wait until it gets a little bit warmer and Landon and I can take the kayaks out again. We were a little busy last summer (I can't imagine why), and never got around to it last year.
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Oops! Landon decided to play in the pluff mud near one of the kayak launches and almost fell in!
The Pitt Street Bridge isn't a bridge anymore (it was partially taken down about forty years ago when the new bridge to Sullivans Island was put up), but for a long time it was the only way onto Sullivans Island or Isle of Palms. It was also the bridge that the Hunley crew crossed over on their way to put the submarine in the ocean. (For more info on the Hunley, see here.) 

I got to use my tour guide voice, which Landon says comes out when I get the opportunity to share info with people, as we walked with Britton and Landon's parents. What can I say? I love local history!

Britton loved looking around at the birds, the marsh, and the other walkers (especially their dogs).
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When we got home from our stroll, Britton had a wonderful time playing in the Santa bucket that Landon's parents brought us for next Christmas. Can you tell that she loves hamming it up for the camera?!
baby portrait photo shoot

If you're in the Charleston area and are looking for a quiet place to walk and take pictures of the harbor, visit the Pitt Street bridge. To get there, take the Ravenel bridge (you know, that big one over the harbor) into Mount Pleasant towards Coleman Boulevard. Take Coleman until you cross over Shem Creek, and bear right at the fork. Take this road until you pass St. Andrews Church on your left, and then make an immediate right (you'll pass the tiny original town hall and post office). Go one block, and turn left. You're now on Pitt Street. Take Pitt Street all the way until the end; parking is free on the right side of the road.