Saturday, May 30, 2015

MY FAVORITE SUMMER VACATION HOP




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MY FAVORITE VACATION SPOT
 
It was really hard deciding on one. There are so many places I enjoy. I finally decided on 
Charleston, SC, for various reasons. Here's what I like about Charleston.

 
Morris Island Lighthouse, as seen from Folly Island. Built in 1876 about 1,200 feet from the water's edge. The construction in 1889 of the jetties which protect the shipping lanes leading to Charleston Harbor altered ocean currents, resulting in the erosion of Morris Island and the destruction of many structures and historical sites. The original lighthouse was built in 1767, but destroyed during the Civil War.
 
A new tower was built after the war. In 1962, a new lighthouse was built in the harbor to replace Morris Island Lighthouse. Today, a Friends of the Lighthouse group is trying to restore the Morris Island tower.
 
Lighthouses fascinate me. I used this one in my mg story,
A PIRATE, A BLOCKADE RUNNER, AND A CAT.
 
 
Charleston is an old town, with many beautiful churches, schools, and businesses.
This is the entrance to the College of Charleston, where part of the movie "The Patriot" was filmed.
 
 
The view in the harbor of Charleston's shore line, heading toward Fort Sumter.
 
 
The Museum at Fort Sumter. If you're a history fan, especially of the Civil War,
you'll enjoy this museum.
 
 
The Fort.
 
 
I never realized how big the cannon were.
 
 
It's lopsided. Must have been a big wave. Anyway, this is what my husband enjoyed.
He even got a write up in their newspaper. If he had entered the contest, he would have won.
 
 
 Another of my favorite vacation spots is Ruidoso, NM, and the horse races.
This is the at the entrance of the Museum of the Horse, a magical place for all horse lovers. Just had to show you this.
 
Charleston, SC has many other exciting things to see. There's Patriot Point where you'll find airplanes and ships and the first atomic submarine. I have a story about that, but won't bore you with it. Plantations and marvelous restaurants. Haunted houses and White Point Gardens. Best of all, our oldest son and his beautiful wife live in Charleston.
 
Now, my journey comes to an end. Thanks for letting me share one of my favorite places with you.
 
Happy Reading.

31 comments:

  1. Sure sounds like plenty to do there indeed, and that is one huge cannon haha

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    1. There's still a lot in Charleston I'd like to see, Pat. Maybe some day. Yes, seeing a live cannon rather than a picture was surprising.

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  2. Never been to Charleston, SC. Will put in on my ever expanding list.

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    1. It is an enchanting city, Marilyn. Ghost tours, carriage rides, Tours of the old houses.

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  3. Hey, I've actually been to Charleston, Beverly! It is lovely. So that's where you got the lighthouse in your MG tale from!

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    1. Yep, Stuart, Morris Island Lighthouse has to have a ghost, right? And a blockade runner was perfect. :)

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  4. Charleston is a great place. So much history there! I was there a couple of months ago.

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    1. It is a wonderful place for history lovers, Sherry. The old houses are so beautiful. Always something to do.

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  5. I'd love to visit Charleston one day. I adore lighthouses and visit them when I can.

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    1. I like lighthouses too, Medeia. That's why I had to have one in my mg ghost story.

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  6. Ah, Charlestown is so civilized and gorgeous. Sort of like a southern Philadelphia.

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    1. I've never been to Philadelphia, Catherine, but Charleston is fantastic with its old churches and buildings.

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  7. I looks wonderful! I think lighthouses are so cool - and spooky! I sure hope they manage to save the old Morris Lighthouse. That cannon really is BIG, and so is that fish your husband caught. He looks pretty pleased with himself! lol Thanks for joining the hop!

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    1. The Hop is fun, Lexa. I'm enjoying visiting other blogs. Yes, the lighthouse is part of history and should be saved. I bet they will.

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  8. Lighthouses are intriguing. Charleston and New Mexico are such different places, but I imagine each has its own color and energy, making them worth a vacation or two. :)

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    1. They are different, Kim. New Mexico is mountains and relaxing. Charleston is more doing things, and seeing history in old buildings and homes.

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  9. Charleston and lighthouses... in my top ten! I went through the Outer Banks one year, from lighthouse to lighthouse.

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    1. That would be exciting, Dixie. I'd love to see all the lighthouses. Maybe someday.

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  10. Charleston is crammed with history. It is a beautiful spot, so I'm glad you shared it with us today.

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    1. Yes, Lee, history everywhere. And I love the plantations. They remind me of Scarlet O'Hara. Thanks.

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  11. I have never been to either of those places, but Charleston looks really lovely.

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    1. Charleston is lovely ,Rhonda. It has something for almost everyone.

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  12. Sounds like a place where there is something for everyone! And so much history. One of my favorite books is set in Charleston during the Civil War.

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    1. There is, Kate. I've read Siege Train, The Journal of a Confederate Artilleryman in the Defense of Charleston. Great book. Also have a lot of books with pictures of the homes and earthquake and other facts about Charleston.

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  13. Those horses look amazing in mid jump - a great photo! I think I would like Charleston as I enjoy the seaside but don't like sunning myself on the beach so lots to see and do is what floats my boat :) Talking of which gives a clue to what I chose for my favourite summer holiday over here in England - Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

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    1. There is the beach, Senco, but I prefer the town with its beautiful buildings and buggy rides, and tours. Now I'm off to see about your favorite summer.

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  14. Those horses look amazing in mid jump - a great photo! I think I would like Charleston as I enjoy the seaside but don't like sunning myself on the beach so lots to see and do is what floats my boat :) Talking of which gives a clue to what I chose for my favourite summer holiday over here in England - Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

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  15. Great pictures. I sure remember the 1 from Ruidosa, NM. We often go there.

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    1. Ruidoso used to be one of our favorite spots, Janet. We went one time in the winter and watched the boys ski. I sat in the warm café. :)

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  16. What a gorgeous place... Loved your photos:)

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    1. Thanks, T. F. I really like Charleston. Haven't been there in a while.

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