Today was a relaxing day. After all the walking we did Monday-Wednesday, we decided to just chill and do something right where we were. We walked the beach twice and got photos. I love vacations with sandy beaches and oceans. Nothing like it in my book.
Here's my sweetie looking off to the side. He loves walking in bare feet in the sand. I can't do that so I had to wear my flip flops. We saw dolphins today but they were too quick to photograph. There was a large pod of them but they didn't jump very high and were very quick. I felt like a little kid again with that. I love seeing the unexpected like this!
This is what we found lots of on the beach today. We must have seen about 30 of these. They were dead. They are called cannonball jellyfish. I don't know why so many were on shore but heard that South Carolina may be involved in hatcheries of these guys. They send them to Thailand, China and Japan where they eat them. Not sure if that's happening or not. There was a lot of opposition to the hatcheries.
The turquoise building was a great restaurant which was right next to our hotel. Our room was on the second floor at the end next to the restaurant. We could sit and watch people eat if we wanted to. However, they couldn't see us.
This was a flock of gulls that congregated on the beach when a family with a small child began to feed them. As you might have guessed, the gulls wouldn't go away. Tim got a picture after the family was trying to shoo them away.
I saw this video from FB and thought it was so cool. Maybe you'll even see where you live represented here.
What a fun video to watch. There was even a small clip done in Cleveland, Ohio!
Blessing of the Day:Going to the Akron Stamping show with Jane and Jan. I stayed within my budget and even had $4 left! LOL
Our first stop today was the docks at the National Parks system. From here you bought tickets and took a 30 minute ride to Fort Sumter. You had an hour to walk around then a 30 minute ride back. This was an interesting story to hear. Being in the South, and learning about their history is different than it was for us Yankees who won that war.
Here is what Fort Sumter looked like when it was build. Three stories high.
Here is what is left of Fort Sumter, one story of wall on the outside and not much on the inside.
We saw lots of canons and were told that it took 5 men to operate on cannon.
Here is a photo from the second story grass area showing an inner wall with canons. We learned that one type of canon they had could shoot 5.5 miles! Who would have believed.
This is a most unusual bridge in Charleston.
Here is the captain of the ship bringing us into the harbor.
Second stop was the Aquarium which was right next door to the Fort Sumter monument building.
I came around the corner to this exhibit and saw this guy. Scared me for sure. Although I learned that they breathe with their mouths open and that's why people think they are aggressive because they show their teeth as they breathe.
Check out this turtle, he was doing the H for OHIO! LOL
This was a very cool pool of horseshoe crabs and sting rays. In a smaller pool, Tim and I got to hold live star fish, hermit crabs and sea urchins. I felt like a little kid doing this. I'd never done this before. Any time we'd been around things like this it was with kids and they were the ones touching things.
The last thing we did today was walk the streets of downtown Charleston. On our tour we learned after the war the city had to be rebuilt. They had lots of clay and plenty of help from the plantations to make bricks. Bricks were considered a poor man's building material so many of the houses had spackling put over the brick and lines were drawn to make them look like stone or wood.
The homes are magnificent! There are very wealthy people here. Check out this three-story home in pink. We figured that many people were employed in this city just taking care of all of the million dollar homes and landscaping.
Check out this home....Many of the homes we saw were surrounded by high fences or high shrubs so people couldn't see in. It seemed sad to me that these people and their money had cut themselves off from us commoners.....
This is rainbow lane where the houses are all colored different colors and in a row.
There is a lot of money in this city. They used a lot of rot iron on homes as well. The homes and buildings have special pieces put into them for earth quakes as they experienced a 7.7 earthquake which destroyed a lot of the city. Many homes here are protected by the historical society so owners have to keep them looking a certain way. We were told taxes on these houses were 5% of what they are worth!
Blessing of the Day: Spending time with Tim and learning so much about this great city.
Today began so beautifully here. The son came up and I was in time to catch it's raysrising up over the horizon and the pier down the beach. This is an amazing scene to wake up to each day.
It was a bit cloudy when I got this but our day was filled with sunshine today. Tim and I walked the beach for a long time. I love the sound of the water coming in and the gulls making their noises.
These are the huge donkeys that pulled our covered wagon for our downtown tour of Charleston. Check out the poop bags. Yes, these companies are fined if poop hits the streets. Someone has to empty these bags, stay in school kids so this isn't YOUR job. LOL
This is some of the beautiful architecture we saw. We were asked if we knew the difference between a cemetery and a graveyard. They said a graveyard is being buried in a churchyard and a cemetery is being buried on land not by a church. Did you know that?
This is St. Michaels.
This is a theatre in the area that is still used.
Only a few of the streets still have cobblestone.
This is an unusual suspension bridge which connects the Island of Palms to the mainland.
These incredible palms line the center islands that divide the roads.
This is the patio where we ate last night. It was such a gorgeous night to eat outside.
So far loving South Carolina!
Blessing of the Day: Spending time with Tim in God's gorgeous creation on the ocean here in Charleston, South Carolina!