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We'd already pretty much packed up the night before, so with our 5:30am alarms, we were downstairs waiting for our ride by 5:45am. Finally, at almost 6:10, our ride showed up. The nice gentleman apologized for running late and took to Boise International Airport, dropping us off out front. We checked in, got our tickets and were boarding pretty much on time. I make this statement because almost nothing was on time or easy after that! We arrived at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport around 11am Central time. Since our connecting flight was not until after 7pm that night and wouldn't show up on the boards for a while, we settled down near the gate we'd arrived at, after a long walk around Terminal C. Manoli got out her book and I hooked up my PC and settled ... read more


Sorry for the delay entering this last day, but got sidetracked. I woke up even earlier than necessary, so we decided to go ahead and pack up and check out of the motel at around 9am. Manoli decided she wanted to check out the Isle of Palms area before our tour of Ft. Sumter, so we headed out. We finally found it, but there weren't any good places to park, and it was pretty much just a residential beach community, so we just drove around a bit, then headed back to Patriots Point for our tour. You have to pay $5 to enter the parking lot at Patriots Point, but they have a couple other tours from the same place, and the parking was very convenient. The other tours were a helicopter ride, a tour of ... read more
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We started our second day, after a trip to the local Shell station for coffee, by heading to the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. It was a fairly long trip from the motel, but well worth it. The entrance is quite a ways from the actual buildings or gardens and parking seemed somewhat limited, but we found a place. The Magnolia Plantation and Gardens seems more gardens then buildings, although we didn't opt for the manor tour, feeling the gardens were large enough to be fulfilling. There were so many different flowers and trees, along with a number of "collection" sections, like camilia, azalea, etc. We spent almost 2 hours just walking along the paths and taking photos. A portion of the gardens border either the Ashley River or the plantation's Big Cypress Lake, adding to the ... read more
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Back in early "COVID Days", my wife and I had planned on celebrating our 47th wedding anniversary by flying to Spain and walking the Camino de Santiago together, sometime in May of 2021. Well, May 2021 arrived and COVID is still here, so we had to make different plans. My wife decided she would love to spend some time in Charleston, South Carolina, so we started making plans. Originally we had planned on spending the 18th thru the the 20th of May there, but the start of my Golden Seniors summer bowling league was the 20th, and my wife didn't like the idea of rushing home on the 20th, so we changed the dates to the 17th thru the 19th. I made a reservation at the Charleston Grand Hotel, then noticed how many bad reviews they ... read more
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North America » United States » South Carolina » oconee April 15th 2021

In May of 2018, I decided to try a 3-day hike on the Palmetto Trail here in South Carolina. If you haven't read that account, here is a brief synopsis. On May 24th, I started what was intended to be a 3-day, 2-night, hike along the Palmetto Trail, starting in the small town of Walhalla. All went well the 1st day, walking from Walhalla to Oconee State Park, where I spent the night in a tent. The next day, I started the 2nd segment, from Oconeee State Park to Keowee-Toxaway State Park. Although I got up and going at a reasonable hour, feeling pretty good, the directions provided by the Park Rangers left something to be desired. For over an hour I couldn't find the trailhead, then it started raining and I had to wait it ... read more
Interesting "farm" along the way from Oconee
Picket Post Produce Plus for my first rest stop
Habanero's Mexican Grill and Convenient Store... not open or convenient!


Myrtle Beach Sau do toi di den Myrtle Beach o South Carolina. Den noi thi troi bat dau toi. Toi muon khach san canh bien ma chi co 80/dem. Khi hau bien khong lanh nhu toi tuong. Bai Bien o Myrtle beach rat dep, toi nghi dep hon Waikiki beach o Hawaii, hon Canun o Mexico.... read more
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Charleston 3-15-2021 Charleston, South Carolina. Hom nay toi di den Charleston, South Carolina tham thanh pho co o day. Charleston la thanh pho rat co la noi bung no Civil War vi co hai cang lon tiep nhan no le tu Phi chau. Cung la noi buon ban no le da den trong cac cho nhu cac mon hang khac. O day co French Quater duoc dat ten nam 1973 vi co nhieu cua hang Phap tai day cung voi rat nhieu can pho co duoc xay tu nhung nam 1700s. Vi la pho co nen o day co nhieu xe ngua dua du khach xem thanh pho. dac biet nhat o day la Charleston City market la toa nha ban moi thu do nhu cho co ngay xua. Toi rat thich Charleston vi su co ... read more
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In the fall of 1944 the Allied military command decided they need to take Aachen, the westernmost city in Germany, prior to an advance into the industrial Ruhr Basin. Aachen was an ancient city, heart of Charlemagne's empire, and for 6 centuries the place of coronation of the kings of the Holy Roman Empire. A young lieutenant from Orangeburg SC was a member of an American division attached to the British Second Army, and his battalion had been ordered to take Prummern, a small village with a strategic hilltop location. Like many young men with some ROTC training, he had been pulled out of college early and hastily trained for war. The night they arrived in Prummern, he was hiding in a cellar and thought he was going to be discovered by a German officer, and ... read more
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North America » United States » South Carolina » Columbia November 28th 2020

Until I visited Columbia, I had no idea why South Carolina is called the Palmetto State. But it’s easy to understand the significance of that nickname while taking a stroll along any of the streets in the downtown area or on the campus of the University of South Carolina. Those palmetto trees are simply everywhere. And they add so much charm to the capital city. I wasn’t quite prepared for that charm, especially since I’ve been conditioned to hate the whole town for the past 2 decades. If any of my readers know me in real life, they doubtless realize that I have visited Columbia several times before this year of pandemic. But what the pandemic has afforded me is new perspectives, as well as emptier streets and campuses to enjoy in quiet contemplation. For the ... read more
Views of downtown Columbia from the portico of the State House
Pawley's Front Porch, our lunch stop
The Horseshoe, a large green space at the heart of campus at the University of South Carolina

North America » United States » South Carolina » Charleston November 26th 2020

Happy Thanksgiving to all!! This is a story I wrote about 5-6 years ago. The pecan Santa hangs in a place of honor on my tree. The Back-of-the-Tree Ornament The old man sat in the old overstuffed chair, sipping his apple cider with brandy, and listening to Jingle Bell Rock playing softly in the background. As he had always done, he had put up his Christmas tree, set out a few of the Dickens village buildings and figurines, and set up the crockpot with apple cider and mulling spices. It was harder now. Since his wife had died, it had taken more energy every year to put up the display she had so loved. But still he set the little skaters on the mirror with the magnets so they appeared to skate over a frozen pond. ... read more




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