Monday we drove to Patriots Point to the Maritime Museum. It was incredible. You cannot imagine the size of an aircraft carrier loaded with helicopters, jets and radar airplanes. The USS Yorktown aircraft carrier was pretty spectacular. It’s the size of a small city. Also on site was the submarine USS Clamagore built in 1945 and a destroyer USS Laffey launched in 1943. I have never been on ships before. The submarine is not for the claustrophobic. We went onto the sub and down the first set of steps, not too bad. When we got inside I had to go right back out. Dan went through the small sub and said it was very tight. Glad I came back out. I have a lot of photos but I’ll only post a few here. My dad joined the navy near the end of WWII. He was only 16. I can say that even though he was only on a cargo ship for a few months that I am very proud that he volunteered to serve his country. Pretty good for the son of Greek immigrants.
The USS Clamagor
Move over Maverick, Toni is your wingman. I’m in the cockpit of an F9F Cougar.
The USS Yorktown
After an educational day at the maritime museum we ended the day at two oyster bars and an Irish pub! What a grand finish. Good thing we walked everywhere! Charleston is a really fun place to visit. The restaurants are the best and there is so much history. You will not be disappointed!
Fried green tomatoes at Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar and below the actual oysters.
Later in the night at the Oyster House. Dan has she crab soup, and grilled oysters. Topping the night was Irish coffee with Jamison’s and Reese’s Pie. Really glad we had to walk it off!
We will head back to Nashville on Tuesday with one stop at Congaree National Park and spend the night in Newport, Tennessee. We will have a rest and wash some clothes. Looking forward to the next adventure.
We left Sunday morning for Kiawah Island, home to the Kiawah Golf Club and the 2021 US Open.We had two destinations in mind. First we were going to see the Angel Oak on Johns Island. We got to the site and it didn’t open until 1 pm. So we drove over to Kiawah Island to a place called Beachwalkers Beach. You are supposed to be able to walk about a mile down the beach and watch dolphins feed almost any time of day. There is one problem. There are limited parking spaces and if the lot is full the city will turn you away. No parking anywhere else! We missed it. So back to Angel Oak. It is an oak believed to be 400-500 years old. It is unreal. Because developers began to encroach on the surrounding land, protests brought the city in and now it is protected. The pictures just don’t do it justice. As they say you had to be there.
After that we came back to Charleston and strolled down Meeting Street to the park passing old colonial mansions along the way. They are so majestic and well preserved. I love the secret gardens and fountains that were visible through the iron gates. One can imagine the grand parties and the beautiful ladies and gentlemen who attended them.
We finished the night at Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub. What’s a pub without a Smithwicks beer, right? Another fun day.
We went into Gatlinburg to see our timeshare at Laurel Point. Our building was destroyed in the fire. Robin and Robbie waited outside while we went in to the office. We couldn’t have been inside more than 10 minutes. When we came out Robin had captured this photo while a bear leisurely strolled past the pavilion! Later that night I made a night sky photo. If you look closely in the upper middle of the photo you can see the Big Dipper, also known as Ursa Major, the big bear.
Note: Dan and I are now in Myrtle Beach. The bear sighting happened last week in Smoky Mountains. Slow internet or slow blogger?
Wears Valley, Tennessee
Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains
Sunlight through the trees
Warm gentle breeze
copyright Toni Hooper 2018
Today we worked on glow in the dark rocks. Pretty cool art. Robin bought the glowin the dark paint and Ashley fished rocks from Newfound Gap. Deliah painted and they turned out great. Then we had activities and all worked on collage. Robin created her first artist trading card. Again we had a wonderfully creative day. The Smoky Mountain muse was generous once more.
We left Nashville June 30 headed to Wears Valley. It’s a family vacation in a beautiful home on 8 acres near Townsend Tennessee and Great Smokey Mountains. Dan and I will leave Wears Valley July 7 and drive to Myrtle Beach for a week. From there we are driving to Charleston for a few days. As any good artist will do, I packed more art supplies than clothes! It is my goal to make happy art. I plan to create at least one piece a day. Today I had my two fellow artists Deliah and Lanie. They started working on mini books. They are 6 and 7 years old. And I might add that they are both wonderful artists!
So here are today’s mini creations.
Artist Trading Card 2 1/2 x 3 1/2
Below is a mini book 2 x 2 inches. Both pieces are mixed media.