Aaahhhh, October! I crave this month and its perfect weather—sunny and dry, temperate but with perhaps the slightest hint of chill in the air. It’s all the motivation I need to fling open the windows and doors, get outside, and actually do some of the long-listed activities—and perhaps the yard work—that I typically avoid all summer. Bike to the beach? Sure! Hike through the Francis Marion Forest? Let’s do it! Paddle the Edisto? I’m in!
These are things I love to do—time and weather permitting—but the planning of this “Outdoor Living”-themed issue offered up some new inspirations and a refreshed attitude. The first came via freelance writer Robin Howard. A relative newbie to the Lowcountry, she pitched our cover story, “Fast Friends”, an insider’s look into Charleston Ocean Racing Association (CORA). Now, I’ve always thought of sailing as an insular sport and culture—one you either grew up doing with your family or got introduced to at a young age. Wrong! Robin arrived here from the Midwest and, in her words, before the moving truck was out of the driveway, she’d signed up for a sailing class. Fast forward many months, and after learning the basics, she found her way onto one of the racing boats and among a great group of people.
Another inspiration: this issue’s Charleston Profile, John Barnhardt. I’d heard about the local cinematographer who has been travelling around the world filming fascinating cultures and wild animals for the ABC TV series Born to Explore With Richard Wiese. Sure, John’s work is impressive—not to mention the Emmy he won for it last June. But what really got me is his message to challenge ourselves: “Sometimes,” he says, “you’ve got to bite off more than you can chew.”
I thank them both for their daring and determination and the reminder to open myself to new adventures. I hope you find your own inspiration and get out there as well.
Charleston Bucket List Reminders
October is the perfect month to:
■ Watch the moon rise (October 18).
■ Take a house tour with the Preservation Society (www.falltours.org).
■ Picnic at the Angel Oak (www.angeloaktree.com).
■ Learn how to throw a cast net.
■ Know your bivalves: learn how to identify local oysters, eat at Bowens Island, host your own roast.
■ Paddle the Edisto.
■ Find the old bastion markers.
■ Walk the Ravenel Bridge, have a tourist take your picture at the top, then take a picture of the city.
Read the full “Charleston Bucket List” feature (January 2013) at www.charlestonmag.com/charleston_bucket_list and share photos of your adventures on our Facebook page.