Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
The Bradford Pear tree was also heavily coated in ice and this caused it to split at the fork. We were afraid that one side or the other was going to toppel over but it never did. After the ice melted off the tree pulled back together. I'm checking with a local nursery to see if the tree can be strapped together somehow in an attempt to save it. The Bradford Pear trees are very popular here but they really took a beating during this storm. It is normally accepted that 15 to 20 years is pretty much the life span of these trees. Most of the these trees in our neighborhood are between 12 to 15 years old. I hope to save this one because my youngest son and I planted this one about 13 years ago and really had to nurse it along to get it to take root in our very thick red clay soil.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
We said goodbye to our precious dog today. Although she originally got sick last January and was later diagonosed with bladder cancer she was a fighter and kept up her spirits to the end. On her many visits to the doctor this past year the doctor and his staff were just amazed at how good she looked each time and how much spunk and energy she showed. Rest in peace little girl. We will miss you.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
We spent most of the day touring the Naval and Marine Museum at Patriot's Point. In addition to the aircraft carrier Yorktown they also have a WWII submarine, a retired Navy Destroyer and a retired Coast Guard Cutter. A major part of the Yorktown is open for self guided tours and we tried to see it all. It was a very tiring day. One of the things I did when I was stationed aboard ship was to stand watches on the bridge. There is only one chair on the bridge of a Navy ship and it belongs to the Captain. Everyone else stands up during their entire watch. Here is a picture of me sitting in the Yorktown's Captain's Chair.
Another part of the Museum is a very realistic mockup of a Navy River Boat Crew's base camp in Vietnam, complete with the river boat. These guys were referred to as river rats and this was one of the hardest jobs in the Navy during the Vietnam War. These guys patrolled the inter rivers within the country. We lost a lot of river rats during that war.
Once we finally got completely tired out and could do no more climbing of ladders or walking the ship's decks we decided to head south to Sullivan Island. I had read there was a lighthouse there and if there is a lighthouse close by we have to check it out. This lighthouse is not one of the historic types we normally seek out but is a modern one that was built just a few years ago. It is very different from the old, historic ones.
Our last stop of the day was another one of the forts that protected the harbors along the coast. This one was Fort Moultrie and is operated by the National Park System.