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Days 22 & 23  10-11 June: We left our cousin’s house headed for Charleston at a reasonable hour this AM. It had taken the car 10 hours to charge using a J1772 connection – an indicator of things to come??

It was decided we would drive to Charleston and use public parking charging facilities there, because that 3-4 hours of charge would be enough to get us to Savannah, GA without returning to the Santee charger. Everything worked out well, but Charleston was very hot and humid and we walked all over the downtown area. We were all exhausted – especially KiKi, who required lots of carrying.

1807 - Charleston City Market

1807 – Charleston City Market

First we walked down to the Charleston City Market – open since 1807 – which was overflowing with vendor stalls. Charleston is steeped in Southern Culture and historical significance – Fort Sumpter anyone. Many of the homes and other buildings are protected as historical landmarks. We show a few below and they can be ‘clicked on’ to enlarge, if desired.


Business street in Charleston

Business street in Charleston

Charleston Fire Station

Charleston Fire Station

U.S. Custom House in Charleston

U.S. Custom House in Charleston

St. Philip church graveyard

St. Philip church graveyard

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Patty & KiKi in front of residences + a look inside a courtyard

1791- Methodist Church

1791- Methodist Church

Modern bridge connecting downtown to points north

Modern bridge connecting downtown to points north

Then began the somewhat back-road trip to Savannah, via US route 17. We arrived at our lodgings late and decided to see the city in the morning, then charge the car and leave for St. Augustine, FL.Forsyth-Park-panorama

Forsyth-Fountain-Craig-Patty-KiKiForsyth-Park-oak-with-Spanish-mossOur place was on the main street into Savannah and we drove up it to Forsyth Park, where we found an electrical charging station open. We took advantage of this open parking space, hooked up to the ChargePoint charger, and walked to the beautiful Forsyth Fountain. Trees surrounded the fountain and the oaks had Spanish moss hanging off them.

Chippewa Square

Chippewa Square

In addition to Forsyth Park, there are 24 small park squares distributed fairly evenly throughout downtown Savannah. All the population has a park they can easily walk to whenever they feel like it. We visited a number of them, including Chippewa Square, where they filmed the famous bench scene with chocolates in the film ‘Forrest Gump’. Each square was named for a person prominent in Savannah or the U.S. society. The Madison Square has an intriguing art store where local art students display their work for sale.

Jewish Synagogue Built in 1733

Jewish Synagogue
Built in 1733

Monterey Square house

Monterey Square house

Madison Square art shop

Madison Square art shop

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery

Patty in Bonaventure Cemetery

Patty in Bonaventure Cemetery


Driving through the Bonaventure Cemetery was next on our list. This is an interesting place where they filmed a famous scene from the movie ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’. Now the question is, “Would Patty want to be here when there is a New Moon?”

Wormslow office with Patty relaxingEntrance to WormslowWormslow-traditional-photoOur final stop before leaving Savannah was Wormsloe – a park famous for its long entrance featuring overhanging live oak trees festooned with Spanish moss. Patty had been able to do a half a dozen items out of the ’25 things to do in Savannah’ list she had uncovered. She was happy and we left for the superchargers located at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.
Airport-toll

Airport parking toll booths

One thing to note for Tesla owners…the superchargers are located on the first floor of the Economy parking lot at the airport and you have to take a parking ticket to use them. However, as long as one of the exit toll booths is manned by an attendant, you can exit there without paying anything – after you sign the ticket and list your phone number.

Range-odometer-at-3 We did a ‘Max Charge’ of 203 range miles because it was 177 miles to St. Augustine, FL and we wanted to have a level of safety. It was raining ‘buckets’ and windy on our way south, but we still managed to arrive with 20 range miles available. We were so proud of ourselves we decided to check into the our lodging and go to dinner before visiting the charger. The restaurant we chose was farther away than we thought and Craig arrived back at the Supercharger with 3 range miles left. There was no real worry, but it sure looks irresponsible.

At least dinner was fun and we met a mother and three girls with her. We all had fun talking about our respective travels. They were much more familiar with St. Augustine that we were – we had never been here before – and were able to give us suggestions for the following morning.

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