Sunday, March 22, 2009

More Vacation Photos

It is our last night. Tomorrow we fly home.

We toured Charleston, SC, walked beaches, visited swamps, took a boat to Fort Sumter, drove to Fort Moultrie, on an impulse searched for but failed to find a Gullah museum, explored a WWII submarine, a Coast Guard cutter and the aircraft carrier Yorktown, enjoyed Brookgreen Gardens, saw the Aquarium near Wilmington and spent time with my sister and brother-in-law. Yesterday afternoon we talked for hours debating politics, religion and human nature. Great fun, even though in the end my sister refused to admit I was right and she was wrong. We didn't see the outer banks nor did we find a Venus Fly Trap during our search of the Green Swamp. I had hoped to take Julie to Savannah, GA, and drive to Jacksonville, FL, to meet Michael, a fellow blogger, but there wasn't enough time.

Our time in South Carolina and especially the time spent in the visitor center waiting for the boat to Fort Sumter piqued my interest to know more about American slavery, the years preceding the Civil War and Gullah heritage. I'm ashamed by the gaps in my knowledge of American history.

Following are a few more photos.

Swamp Snake.
We paddled a boat through a swamp and discovered one snake. He was motionless and tolerated us drifting close to admire him.

As we walked through the swamp we saw two small alligators about 30 inches long. Later in a boat we paddled close to this alligator that was about seven feet in length. (Larger version)

Swamp covered with green.
Black water covered with green. (Larger version)

Julie on a board walk.
Julie on a board walk (Larger version)

Paul on bench.
I packed for warm sunny weather. The first several days we had clouds, rain and cool temperatures. In this photo I'm enjoying a warmer day. (Larger version)

More flowers were in bloom around Charleston, South Carolina than were in bloom in North Carolina (Larger version)

Three birds; four legs.
Three birds; four legs. I noticed these birds as the two one-legged birds hopped to follow the leader. Curiosity makes me wonder how both lost a left leg. (Larger version)

Hugenot ceiling.
The ceiling of the oldest Hugenot church in the US which is located in Charleston, SC. (Larger version)

Charleston art gallery.
Julie leads the way as we browse an inviting art gallery. (Larger version)

Julie in Charleston on Saint Patrick's day.
We were in Charleston on Saint Patrick's Day. As a parade passed a gentleman gave Julie a necklace of green beads. (Larger version)

House on East Battery street.
This well-known house is on East Battery street in Charleston. As I heard the story many years ago the couple couldn't agree on round or square so they built both. (Larger version)

Charleston's Battery.
These houses face the park on the Battery. We enjoyed walking the streets of this historical district while admring the architecture. (Larger version)


Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I've enjoyed your photos.

3/26/2009 08:59:00 AM  
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