We awoke this morning at 6:30 a.m. This is our last morning of camping here at Edisto Beach State Park in Edisto Island, South Carolina. Our mission is to view the sunrise that is forecast to occur at 7:22 a.m. We gathered up our camping chairs and headed to the beach on the Atlantic Ocean.
We were surrounded in total darkness when we arrived at the beach. We sat in our chairs watching the Atlantic Ocean surf roll in and scour the beach with a thunderous roar. As each minute elapsed the darkness very slowly transitioned to lightness until the sun started to appear over the horizon. What a breath-taking sight! The camera I’m using allowed me to view all the magnificence and brilliance of the sun through the camera’s display as I was taking the pictures. That morning, on that beach, Sharon and I shared another magical moment in our journey through life together.
We departed Edisto Beach State Park at 12:30 p.m. Our destination today is Asheville, North Carolina to visit the Biltmore Estate. Our original plan was to camp in National Forest campgrounds in North Carolina on our way to Asheville. Unfortunately, the campgrounds were either closed for renovation or did not open until April 1, so we drove straight through to Asheville.
While on the Internet last night, I discovered there is a significant cost savings if I book admission tickets for Biltmore online before March 31, and seven days in advance of our visit. The regular admission price is $45.00 per adult from January 2 through March 31, 2012 and did not include a tour of the fourth floor. There was an additional charge of $10.00 per adult for the audio tour. Our online price was $35.00 per adult and included the audio tour and the tour of the fourth floor. We purchased admission tickets for a visit seven days in advance, for Thursday, March 29.
We arrived at a Rest Area on I-26, 12 miles southeast of Asheville at 9:20 p.m. This would be our home for the night.
Total miles traveled today: 309
Tomorrow, another new adventure begins!