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If you have a love for dirt on your shoes, crinkled maps in your pockets, and facing the wild, then we may have found your haven! (This is assuming, of course, that all these attributes are because you are enjoying the outdoors and not, let’s say, a hobo map hoarder).  The Charleston Hiking, Travel, and Adventure Club has done everything from swimming with manatees to moonlit walks on the beach. 

David Loveland is the current leader of the group, founded in 2009, that focuses on seeking exploring the world, and having a group to share the experience with.

The Latin American Festival will be going on this Sunday, Oct. 15 and it’s the perfect event to take your friends, family, or even that one lame cousin that insists on hanging out with you all the time but only wants to talk about his model plane collection. Now you have something to take them to where you can “lose them” in the crowd! 

Aside from being an excuse to ditch your cousin, the Latin American Festival will be hopping with flavor, sassy trumpets, salsa sways, and a rich cultural history you can experience and learn about, all in one event.

Sometimes, I get on Pinterests kicks. I think that I can save the blank walls of my apartment with crafty DIY’s that involve exotic materials such as le Mod Podge, la popsicle-stick, essence de wasabi tape. And more times than not, I end up with a giant ball of glue stuck to my coffee table.

That was when I decided to start looking into other options to decorate my walls.

As I perused the interwebs, I found an online art gallery called the Charleston Artist Collective.

To my folks unfamiliar with Charleston or Southern culture in general, this may sound a bit odd. Shagging. Southerners love to shag. When I moved down here from Ohio, I swear every other weekend had a “Shuck and Shag” event. In my midwestern mind, all I could muster in my head as to what the heck these shindigs were was shucking corn and...the only other way I’ve heard shagging.

So, newsflash for all my fellow travelers: shagging in the South is a type of dance.

Makes more sense now, doesn’t it?

I found it by accident. Usually, nothing can distract me when I'm in the market in downtown Charleston.

"What do you mean, a MoonPie store?" I said. I felt the blood drain from my face.

"Like...a store that sells MoonPies," my friend says way too casually.

I shook my head. Cars and pedestrians angrily swerved around me.

"It can't be," I whispered.

As an experienced Charleston tourist myself, I’ve come to realize that there are certain essentials everyone should know before diving into such a culturally rich city. While you are more than welcome to go unprepared and simply wander around the blazing sun all day, I would recommend following some of the guidelines I’ve put together for you down below.

Wear Sunscreen and Bring Water
Don’t let them fool you - Charlestonians may play off that the sun only “kisses their skin” or that they are incapable of sweating, but that is simply not true. The Charlestonian knows to apply sunscreen, how to pull off a floppy sun hat, and better yet, when it is time to rest inside an airconditioned area... 

My dog is named after a plant, so it only made sense that Fern and I would venture to the Outdoor Festival and experience the James Island County Park. 

Fern is just shy of two years old and is a coonhound mix. My little plant dog is afraid of everything: bees, the sound of plastic containers, loud noises, stairs, food scoops, middle aged men.  I can tell that she wants to hang out with other dogs, but she sits and stares at them forlornly, feeling like an outsider.

I only know all of this because I am nosey and read her diary.

Edisto

Like any good Ohioans, my family trekked off to the beach every summer.  As experts of I-75, my parents had a special knack for finding pit stops that would not only entertain their children, but also enrich their minds.  They had a good rate going too - about two thirds of their children enjoyed the excursions (which were exclusively Civil War battlefields).  The other third, me, could not have cared less. Easily car sick and easily bored, I would walk around the mosquito-infested fields with a frown on my face, sipping on a warm box of apple juice as the sun beat down on my sour little body in khaki shorts.  

By the time we arrived at the beach, I would practically fling myself out of the minivan, kissing the ground and yelling out my praises.

“Thank you, thank you for not being an endless field of grass,” I murmured into the gravel driveway.

“Elaine, get up, you’re going to get bitten by a crab.”

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EVENTS IN CHARLESTON

South Carolina Aquarium Turtle Trek 5K
03:00 PM - 08:30 PM
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The Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch
09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
843-884-4371

The Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch

28 Sep 2019 / 09:00 AM
Wine & Chocolate Pairing at Deep Water Vineyard
10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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Uncorked
06:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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Uncorked

6 Dec 2019 / 06:00 PM
Wine Under the Oaks
01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
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Wine Under the Oaks

8 Dec 2019 / 01:00 PM

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