For all our friends and family in the Phoenix area. There really is something to say for 'dry heat'. It was 90 degrees with 70% humidity here today. It was like walking thru a furnace.
With that said, we set out to see a couple tourist sites. Fort Sumter and The Carrier Ship Yorktown. We took the Ferry from Charleston Harbor to FT. Sumter. It is a 30 minute trip over, 1 hour at the Fort and then back. Ava wanted on the top deck for the ride over. It was no problem with the breeze. The ride back was in the lower deck with air conditioning.
Fort Sumter is named for SC War Patriot Thomas Sumter, the opening shots of the Civil War were fired on April 12, 1861. FT Sumter became the focal point of tensions between the North and South, it was one of the few forts that remained in Federal hands and yet SC was confederate. SC demanded its evacuation because it was blocking the harbor. After a 34 hour battle the fort was evacuated and surrendered to SC. Thus 'Civil War, so long dreaded, had begun.
After our air conditioned ride back to the harbor, we drove over to Patriots Point to visit the carrier Yorktown at Patriots Point. This is a Maritime Museum which includes three ships, USS Yorktown, an aircraft carrier, USS Laffey, a destroyer, USS Clamagore a submarine.
We spent most of the afternoon walking through the ships and on the flight deck of the Yorktown. It was interesting and gave you a great sense of what our sailors suffered through during WW2. Great history lesson for Ava too.
It was around 5:00 when we got back to the car. We were hot, sweaty, hungry and in the middle of rush hour. Ava was nagging to go to Olive Garden. We were in no way presentable to go into a public restaurant. After some tense driving in a city we didn't know, in rush hour, we made it back to the motorhome and cleaned up. We gathered our strength and took Ava to Olive Garden.
You can bet, tomorrow will be a lazy day.