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Red Bays, or the Place that Time Forgot

Red Bays village, Andros Island, Bahamas | Cosmos Mariners
Visiting Andros wasn't all frolicking on deserted beaches and worrying about the ghosts of dead divers grabbing me in the blue holes.

Lest you think this was some crazy spring break masquerading as a college class, let me assure you-- we actually did some work and learned about the island's culture. 

As someone who loves exploring new sites and meeting people from different backgrounds, I found our trip to Red Bays fascinating.

Blue Holes, Andros Island, Or How to Get Really Freaked Out While Swimming

Blue Holes, Andros Island, Bahamas
Instead of a weekend filled with painting (indoors AND out--in 99 degree heat!), tiling, grouting, and cleaning out the garage, I'm going to pretend that I spent the weekend out doing something fun and awesome and adventurous. Let's all live vicariously though my next post in the Andros Island, Bahamas series I have going on, shall we? 

As I've mentioned in a few of my earlier posts, I went to Andros as a part of a geology class while I was at Clemson. Even though I wasn't a geology major (far from it!), I found the class absolutely fascinating as it combined the geological history of Andros with studies about biology, culture, geography, and plant life on the island. 

A Pirate Ship, A Castle, and a Mini-Publix: Our Trip to the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry

I've lived in Charleston for a long, long time. I was born here, then moved away for ten years because of my dad's job, then came back when I started middle school. Since then, I haven't really left--I went to college at Clemson, studied abroad in London, and got my grad degree at USC, but I always considered Charleston my home. Then, when I finished being a professional student and got a job, I headed back here permanently with my (then new) husband.

Even though I've done a lot of things and seen a lot of places, Charleston always has more to offer. Now that I have a little Charlestonian to occupy every day, I get to see a completely new side of my hometown. 

This week, my friend invited Britton and I to go to the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry with her and her son. She and I were pregnant at the same time, and our kids are only 2 weeks apart in age, so it's so fun to go out on adventures with them. 

Children's Museum of the Lowcountry

Fuel Restaurant (Downtown Charleston)

Fuel Cantina Charleston
As I'm typing this post up, I'm so full that I can barely move. Luckily, typing doesn't require much physical activity, so I might survive.

My stomach is fat and happy right now because of a very successful (and an unusual!) Sisters' Night. Each week, my sister and I get together for a dinner, movie, exercise, or just to talk. Usually, we don't invite anyone else because GIRLS ONLY. 

However, we made an exception this week since Amber's boyfriend has the world's worst work schedule and one of his current days off is Tuesday. I couldn't ask her to leave him on one of his two nights off, so we decided to do Sisters' Night Plus this week. Landon and Andrew and even Britton got to come on our adventure. 

For this unprecedented event, we headed downtown to one of my new favorite restaurants: Fuel.

Androsia Fabric Factory, Andros Island, Bahamas

Imagine the Bahamas if you will. It's all white sand and aqua water and green palm trees and light blue skies, right?

There are just so many colors on Andros that it's kind of like living inside a kid's painting. Everything looks more vivid and so much brighter than you imagined that it could.

It only makes sense that Andros has its own fabric factory in Fresh Creek and that fabric comes in a dozen crazy bright, beautiful hues.

Escaping the Holy City: the Best Day Trips from Charleston, SC

Escaping the Holy City: the Best Day Trips from Charleston, SC | CosmosMariners.com

Charleston, South Carolina is a fantastic place to live or visit and was even voted as the #1 tourist destination in the world by Conde Nast.

So, why would you ever want to leave? As a native (and lifelong resident) of Charleston, I know that the city's an amazing place.

I also know that there's nothing like a little change of scenery, and Charleston offers many quick trips to locals and visitors alike. Here are a few of my favorite day trips from Charleston, SC!

Best of all, they are less than two hours each way, so you can easily get back to the sights in Charleston when you're ready.

Eatin' on the Creek: Vickery's

There is a lot of water in Charleston, so if you're looking for a place to eat that's on the water, you don't have to look far. One of my absolute favorites, though, is Vickery's Bar and Grill in Mount Pleasant. 

Vickery's Bar and Grill on Shem Creek