We kayaked in two different ecosystems--fresh water and estuary. We did NOT have to carry our kayaks. The hiking was actually walking on flat land about five miles. The guides pointed out dolphin, lots of birds and a few small alligators. The guides and our group leader (Ann Marie) had wonderful, friendly, enthusiastic personalities. They shared their knowledge of the area. The Meeting Street Inn was a perfect place to stay because it was in the heart of the historic district; the rooms were large and decorated like southern plantations. There was a garden, in-ground, tiled hot tub and sitting area outside of our rooms. We had 3 kinds of delicious wine and snacks from five to six every day in the hotel lobby. Some nights we did not go to dinner because of the hummus, crab and salmon dip and other delicious happy hour snacks. Breakfast was in the hotel lobby, which looked like the sitting room of a plantation. There were tables and chairs in the garden as well. Service was top notch. There were museums, galleries, restaurants and shops near our hotel. The walking tour of Charleston highlighted the history and charm of the city. We want to return for another Road Scholar vacation in this area.