I spent last weekend visiting Charleston for the first time and totally fell in love with it. Those of you who have been reading this blog for awhile know I have an almost unhealthy fascination with bridges, and I have fallen for the one over the Cooper River big time. Not enough to do the 10K Bridge Run that was going on that weekend, but almost*!
This striking bridge is a diamond tower design. From the restaurant atop the Holiday Inn, it looked like two big paperclips; the cool kind you get somewhere like MoMA. It is such an interesting contrast to look down and see cobblestone streets, then look up and see such a modern feat of engineering in the same place. For me, it really works. You can learn more about the Ravenal Bridge here.
*By the way, my friend who ran the 10K did not anticipate any hilly terrain in Low Country (it was her first one). Somehow she didn’t realize a bridge that is 186′ over the water would have quite an incline! New runners, consider yourself warned!