Happy New Year 2016

Published: 27 January 2016

We spent Christmas and New Year in Isle of Palms. It's a City on the barrier island of the same name on the north-eastern flank of Charleston Bay. Warmer winter days and evenings caused a thick mist to hang around much of the time on the coast and we had to flip the HVAC switch from "Heat" to "Cool" to combat the mugginess.

The beach is lovely and, best of all, in the winter open to dogs off leash from 16:00 to 10:00 the next day. We enjoyed being able to exercise our three a stones throw from the house we had rented. It was good to be able to explore Charleston more than we had been able to do on previous shorter visits — so much history and one of the best culinary scenes in the country.

We were sad to leave and head home. Heavy holiday traffic slowed us down and the journey took longer than it should.

Days after our return we were hit by a blizzard which dropped two and a half feet of snow on us over two days. It took 24 hours or so after the storm moved on for the snow to be cleared from our court to enable us to get our vehicles out. We were more fortunate than many on NOVA, DC and neighboring Maryland who remained blocked in for several more days until the snowplows reached them.