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6 Things to Do in Edisto, South Carolina, Besides Going to the Beach



6 Things to Do in Edisto, South Carolina, Besides Going to the Beach | CosmosMariners.com


I'm all for laying out and soaking up some sun on the beach, but there are times when I want to do something other than read another paperback and get burnt. (I'm one of those annoying people who can't ever be happy unless I'm doing something.)

While Edisto Island is known for its family friendly beaches and rows of quiet cottages, there's a lot more to do there than just watch the waves roll in.

Here are our favorite non-beach activities when we're on our annual Edisto beach week!

What I Think Book Review: Debby Irving's Waking Up White



Summary (from the back of the book): 
For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn't understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one 'aha!' moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan.

When I picked up this book, I have to admit that I came at it with prejudice (which is kind of funny considering that the whole book is about not being prejudiced!). Why was this? 

Edisto Presbyterian Church: Live Oaks, Southern History, and the Ghost of Julia Legare

There are a lot of weird things about me: I constantly have cold feet (literally) even in the middle of the summer, I sleep like a mummy (with my hands crossed over my chest and my ankles crossed), and I have to take Little Debbie Nutty Bars, Twix, and Oreos apart before I eat them.

But one of the oddest things about me is that I like traipsing around graveyards. 

Perhaps this makes me morbid. Or maybe I've just read too many Gothic novels.

I know some people find them creepy (and you'd never see me exploring at night!), but they can be super interesting. I love reading the tombstones of the people buried there--it's crazy to think that, at the end of our lives, everything that we were and wanted to be gets summed up in a few words. 

Here in the South, we've got some particularly beautiful graveyards that are filled with old oaks trees, winding vines, and benches hidden in quiet corners. 

Edisto Presbyterian Church: Live Oaks, Southern History, and the Ghost of Julia Legare | CosmosMariners.com


The Sea Cow Eatery (Edisto Beach, SC)

In my opinion, any beach eatery worth eating at should be laid back and a little funky and have simple but delicious fare.

After all, no one packs heels to go to on a beach vacation.

Kayaking with Dolphins

Edisto Island dolphins
Landon and I got a pair of kayaks about three years ago as a way to explore the waters around Charleston. We had to hang them up (literally and figuratively) when I got pregnant because I could barely walk, much less paddle then.

And it goes without saying that kayaking isn't exactly conducive to having a young baby. 

Those poor kayaks haven't gotten out of the garage much in the last year and a half, so Landon and I were excited to take them to Edisto last week.

What I Think: A Review of Joanna Clapps Herman's No Longer and Not Yet

Joanna Clapps Herman No Longer and Not Yet



While I was on vacation, I got some much needed reading in. I'm a reader through and through, and when I don't get to snuggle up with a book, I start to feel as if my brain is atrophying.

I like books that make me think and make me feel. I like books that make me want to know the characters and visit where they live.

Sadly, I don't come across books like that as often as you'd think, so when I do, it's like a fresh breeze. 

Joanna Clapps Herman's book (novel? short story collection?), No Longer and Not Yet, was one of these books, and I enjoyed reading it immensely.

Edisto Island 2014

What a week. It was filled with sand, sun, family, and bike rides.

It was basically the quintessential family beach vacation, and it was awesome!

Even with a house filled with nine adults and three kids under the age of three, there weren't any spats. The kids loved playing with one another, and I loved hanging out with Landon's parents, siblings, and their spouses.

Landon's parents have rented a beach house most of the summers since Landon and I started dating (for the second time) back in 2009, and we always had a blast. (See my posts from 2012 here and here. I didn't do any posts from last year, as I was 6 week postpartum and basically out of it.) 

But having the babies (well, two toddlers and a baby) there this year made everything that much more fun. 


So, how do you have a great summer beach vacation?

A Stroll Around Charleston {Guest Post by Laura from Simply Lowcountry}

My final guest poster for this week is fellow Charlestonian: please welcome Laura from Simply Lowcountry! She's actually married to a high school friend of mine, and she knows a TON about Charleston and the surrounding area. Her blog looks at life in the Lowcountry, and I regularly drool over some of the home interiors that she posts. 

I hope you enjoy her tour through the amazing city we call home. Make sure to show some love on her social media outlets (links at the bottom of the post!)
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Hi Cosmos Mariners readers! I'm Laura from Simply Lowcountry, and I'm excited to be here guest posting for Natalie today.

Natalie told me I could write about anything travel related or Charleston related, and seeing as my blog focuses on life in Charleston and I get to enjoy this beautiful city on a daily basis, I thought I would share with you "a walk around Charleston". 

5 Must-See Castles in the UK {Guest Post by Jamie from Gunters Abroad}

Today's guest poster, Jamie from Gunters Abroad, is a woman after my own heart! I live vicariously through her blog as she shares her new life overseas. Her guest post has me ready to jump on a plane and go see all of these beautiful sites. Read on, and don't forget to show some love to Jamie on her social media channels (found at the bottom of the post)!
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Hello Cosmos Mariners readers! I am super happy to be filling in for Natalie while she is away on her adventures! 

My name is Jamie and I blog at Gunters Abroad. I recently moved to the UK with my husband and pets and we are absolutely loving our lives as expats. 

Over in my little corner of the world, “castleing” has become a normal term for my husband and I. We love traveling throughout the UK and finding castles or castle ruins to explore. So today I am sharing with you our top 5 castles to explore while in the UK. 

Outdoor Living: A Tale of a New Deck

Hi, y'all! I hope you're enjoying my sweet line-up of guest posters this week while I'm at the beach. I was going to wait to share our latest home improvement project with you until after I got back, but I just couldn't bear to withhold the pictures that long! So, I'm busting into the guest posting just for today to share a touching, wonderful, tragic story about our deck.


A Walking Tour of Hamburg {Guest Post by Diana from Life in German}


Another day, another awesome guest poster! Today's featured blogger is Diana from Life in German. She ​​and her family moved to Germany in 2012, and now Diana's blogging about her life overseas. I hope you enjoy her walking tour through Hamburg--make sure to follow her on her social media channels (at the bottom of the post)!
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Today I will be writing about my current city, Hamburg. It is Germany's second largest city, and its biggest port (the second busiest in Europe). Hamburg is known as a gateway to the World. 

And lucky for us there is a free walking tour that takes you to some of the main parts of the city.

Here's a short recap:

3 Places You Must Visit in Paris {Guest Post by Jess from A Stamp in My Passport}

Hello, lovely readers! I'm off for some much needed R&R with Landon, his parents, and his siblings. While I'm gone, the blog is in VERY good hands, and I hope you'll love the guest posters I've got lined up. 

We're kicking off the week with Jess from Stamp in my Passport: like myself, Jess loved her study abroad experience. Here she is to tell you about three of her favorite places in Paris! (Make sure to show her some love on her social media channels listed at the end of the post, too!)

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Hi everyone! I'm Jess and I blog at Stamp in my Passport. I'm a recent college grad living in Florida and I write about travel, cooking for one, books and decorating my first apartment.

I was fortunate enough to spend a semester studying abroad in Paris. It was such an amazing experience. Croissants and café au lait every morning and afternoon strolls through the park. A lot of friends were studying abroad across Europe at the same time and when they came to Paris on their free travel, they always asked where I suggested they should visit.

If you should ever find yourself in Paris here are the three places that should be at the top of your list (in my opinion):

Roadtrippin' Like a Vagabond Family

I know I just got back from Orlando, but we're getting ready to leave again.

It's a tough life I lead. 



Visiting Port Orleans Resort at Walt Disney World: French Quarter + Riverside

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Way back when I was a wee traveler, my parents would load up my sister and I in our grandparents' motorhome for a week at Walt Disney World. Our love of WDW started with pony rides at Fort Wilderness and splashing in the Mardi Gras pool at Port Orleans.

Those two places were the staples of our early Disney trips. But then, in the 90s, two things happened to change all of that: 

1) Port Orleans was refurbished and upgraded to a moderate resort, and

2) The motorhome finally found a new home (after 25 years in service to my grandparents and our extended family, it was probably time).

Cookes of Dublin

No, that's not a typo. It's CookEs of Dublin.

Not Cooks.

But CookES.
Cookes of Dublin

Because it's not authentically British/ Irish/ English unless you add that extra, completely unnecessary 'e.' 

A Fourth-tastic Weekend

Happy birthday, America!

We had a fun-filled weekend with way, way too much food, gallons of sweet tea, and a wonderful ending to our latest home improvement project. Who knew we could pack so much into a three day weekend?!

On the Fourth, we ended up eating two massive dinners. The first was at Landon's uncle's house.

Thanks to Landon's Uncle Jack for letting me steal this pic!

Buena Vista Palace at Downtown Disney

In the cruelest of all situations, Amber (my sister and fellow Disney addict) had to get up early and move hotels the day after we'd finished our 4 Parks/ 1 Day Challenge. We were not happy campers. 

After propping our eyes open with tooth picks and ingesting multiple pastries at the food court, we checked out of Pop Century and headed to our second home away from home on this trip: the Buena Vista Palace (heretofore known as BVP because I have better things to do with my time then figure out the vowel arrangement in "Buena" forty more times). 

Buena Vista Palace


Wolfgang Puck Express at Downtown Disney

If you haven't noticed by now, this week's posts focus on the places my sister and I stayed and where we ate while on our recent Disney World trip. A comfy bed and tasty food is what makes a vacation, right?

While the afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian was definitely tops in the gastronomic offerings during out trip, we did try several new places as well. 

One of those places was Wolfgang Puck Express in Downtown Disney's Marketplace. Hidden away to the right of the Disney Christmas shop, this quick service restaurant offers up pasta, pizza, and salads.

Warning: reading the rest of this post may cause intense carb cravings!

Wolfgang Puck Express


Walt Disney World's Pop Century Hotel: A Review


Walt Disney World's Pop Century Hotel: A Review

For the first two nights of our Sisters' Trip, we stayed at Pop Century. Besides being one of our favorite hotels, staying there granted us access to Disney's Extra Magic Hours for our 4 Parks/ 1 Day Challenge.