Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Fort Sumter/Charleston

Before leaving Myrtle Beach we took a short walk on the beach by our hotel.  Myrtle Beach is a family destination with lots of miniature golf and things kids like.  This was a good time to visit, as kids are in school and it was relatively quiet.  We left about 9:30 and drove for two hours to Patriot Point in Charleston.  We had a long wait for the next Fort Sumter tour.  We took pictures of the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (the second, as the first was sunk at Midway) The ship is now a museum here.  The fort is on a man-made island, accessible only by a boat ride.  This is where the Civil War started on April 12, 1861 when the Confederate army opened fire on the fort that was held by the Union army.  The Union army surrendered and left the next day.  No one was killed by enemy fire during this event.  The Confederates didn’t abandon Fort Sumter until February 18, 1865, when Sherman was advancing from Savannah and their supply lines were cut off.  The tour finished around 3:30 and we arrived at the Hampton Inn in the Historic District of Charleston around 3:45.  We had dinner at a restaurant called  82 Queen on the recommendation of two ladies at the hotel in Myrtle Beach.  It was very good and worth the mile walk each way.  It was still warm and humid when we got back to the hotel around 8:00.  We drove a total of 98 miles today and walked about 5 miles.

Fort Sumter

Fort Sumter/Charleston Photos

Today was quite warm, with highs in the upper 80s.  We were too warm waiting for the Fort Sumter tour to begin, but there was a nice breeze on the boat trip to the fort.

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach

USS Yorktown

Fort Sumter

Fort Sumter

Fort Sumter

Fort Sumter Tour

Fort Sumter Tour

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