Friday, April 18, 2014

On the road again...

Hit the road bright and early this morning, 8:30! Headed north up Highway 95 with Washington in our sights!

We ended up tonight in Enfield, North Carolina, about 1/2 way up to Washington... and no, I did not take the pictures of the bears above! We are at a nice rural KOA tonight though, about 1 mile off of the 95 so no noise from a very busy highway. Bonus!

The Highway was real busy today, as a lot of people are on Easter Week Vacations... lots of kids tonight playing at this KOA, as it is a prime Family time out kamping.

We did stop by the Biggest "South of the Border Store" ever, in South Carolina this afternoon... crazy big selling anything you can imangine. You could see the huge sign above, at quite a distance.

 

 
You could climb up the Sombrero Tower above... about 300 feet I figured... no, we didn't...

That is Pedro above... the main man at South of the Border. What a spot, you have to visit it to believe it.

We are all settled into our KOA, and for the first time ever, I managed to get 32 channels off of our RV Antenna mounted up on the roof. It actually works!

Off to Washington, D.C. tomorrow...

Till tomorrow...

 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Touring Charleston...

Big improvement in the weather department today, that is for sure, as we had lots of sun, and up in the 70's so it was kind of nice.

Judy was in her glory this morning, as we came across a K Mart Store that was going out of business and were almost giving stuff away today... filled the Jeep up!

We headed downtown Charleston, and ended up walking all along "The Battery". This is an area along the waterfront, that was used to hold cannons to ward off who ever might be coming to get you!

As you can see, there are real nice homes and apartments along The Battery, but they are real expensive... you will have to spend in the millions to hang out here.

We walked downtown to the Market... it has been here a LONG time... everything here is OLD!

The Market is big, and was full of people. Everyone is here for Easter Holidays.

On the building above, you see four black round earthquake bolts. They use these bolts to straighten out the building after an earthquake believe it or not! A lot of the buildings here have them... fault line is close.

Above is the very famous Rainbow Row of homes... very popular, and pictures of this all over the place.

Many horse drawn carriage rides go on here... not to worry, the horses wear diapers!

 

It is a ruff ride down the cobble stone roads in the downtown...the stones were left here by various ships, that used them as ballast on the way across the big pond!

South Carolina of course, had Slavery, and you could buy a Slave at this building downtown.

St. Michaels Church above... one of about 110 in Charleston, and the oldest. Very famous spot though...

 

Two very famous people came here to worship...

 

Judy is sitting in Pew #43.

On May 8, 1791, President George Washington attended the Sunday afternoon Service, and sat in pew 43.
 

Now, 70 years later, General Robert E. Lee also took in a Sunday Service sitting in pew 43, which was known as The Governor's Pew. Tons of history in this Church. We looked in the Cemetery, and many gravestones dated back into the 1700's...amazing!

Hard to tell in the picture above, but the balcony roof is painted pale blue in colour... this is common, to make many bugs and insects think that it is the sky, therefore, they do not nest on the roof of the balcony...

One of the 3 bridges that cross the rivers that protect Charleston... built in 2005, and they want it to last 100 years... it should! We were on a nice peir below the bridge here... they love fishing here!

On the road tomorrow...

Till tomorrow...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Who knew the Civil War started in Charleston???

Just a little bit cooler here in Charleston, S.C. than we were used to in Frostproof. It was only in the high 50's here today, but the sun was out all day, so that helped.

We spent today touring around Charleston, and this afternoon, we toured Fort Sumter. It is located at the mouth of Charleston Harbour on your way out to the Atlantic Ocean, a very strategic location. It was built by the Federal Government to protect Charleston, which was one of the biggest Cities in the South, and a very important Sea Port, and Commercial Zone.

I rented the helicopter again, to take this bird's eye view for you all... no expense spared. This Fort was not built on an island... the built the island for the Fort! This is where all the problems begin... the island took 11 years to build, and slaves were used to help build it! Millions of bricks were made for the Fort and Slaves were used to make the bricks, although no slaves were used to build the actual Fort.

Years of strife in the Union, boiled over on April 12th, 1861, when Confederate Cannons started shooting at the Union Forces inside the Federal Fort. The first shot of the Civil War. The shells landed on the Fort for 36 hours...

...and guess what??? No one was killed on either side! Go figure.

The picture above shows the Fort with the men's barracks built... they all got ruined during the battles that came...

The walls are enormous, and the cannons used to sit in the openings you see in the picture above.... there were originally 3 levels of cannons, and the walls were 55 feet high! The current Fort was excavated and rebuilt over years...

You need to take a ferry boat out to the Monument...no roads or bridges here.

Yes, that is a cannon ball that was shot at the Fort and got stuck in the wall... this view is from the inside after they dug it out.

We are planning on visiting Charleston again tomorrow, and will post some more pictures of the City then... it is hard doing a blog as our internet service is very very slow here and uploading takes forever.

Till tomorrow...