Bob and Shirley's Great Adventure 2011-12 travel blog

USS Yorktown

USS Laffey

What a day

This baby is huge

Yorktown

Inside the sub Clamagore

Lab on board the Yorktown

Beautiful new bridge

Capt'n Bob

Charleston harbor fountain

Ft. Sumter where the Civil War began

Great day for sailing

Fountain heading to the battery

Taking a break

Homes along the Battery

Conferate statue

Battery Park


We were tourists in Charleston yesterday. We have been here many times but a lot of the visits were when Uncle Dick and Aunt Beckie were alive and living in Summerville just up the road. We would get a couple of hours here and there in this southern city. We wanted to go somewhere we had never been before so we headed to Patriot's Point. We wanted to see the Naval museum which includes the submarine Clamagore, the Destroyer Laffey and Carrier Yorktown. It was a beautiful day and the stop was OUTSTANDING. The destroyer Laffey was the second of that name. The first was sunk in the Pacific. The one we were on was in a horrendous battle and was so damaged that the ship could only turn right and make circles as the Kamikaze pilots hit her decks. 17 were killed and 40 were injured and it's known as the ship that would not sink. When it limped into the docks in Seattle thousands came to see what the war was all about. Quite a history. The sub was very neat and the carrier Yorktown was huge. Amoung other things the Yorktown was one of the many ships used to "soften up" the shores so the marines could land on the beaches. After doing all this we had a picnic under trees just outside the parking lot then headed to Charleston proper.It took us a while to find a place to park. The big hunkin' dually doesn't fit in many places but we did find street parking. We walked down to the water and then to the battery on a gorgeous day. We came back to camp but just for a few minutes, left again and Shirley dropped me off to see a hockey game. I haven't seen a pro hockey game in almost two years. The South Carolina Stingrays play in the ECHL which is the same league that I was an off ice official for 3 years in the Atlanta area. I had a lot of fun. Shirley continued up to Summerville and the Presbyterian retirement village to visit some friends we have made since the days of visiting with Uncle Dick and Aunt Beckie. It was a great day. Enjoy the pics.

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