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Old 12-13-2017, 01:15 PM   #81
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The Holiday Festival of Lights is off to a great start.

Sunday was clear but chilly for registration at Cindy's and my site, perfect timing after several days of rain. Unfortunately, two couples were snowed in -- on near Asheville, NC and one in northern GA -- and unable to be here as part of the crazy weather throughout the South and Southeast at the end of the week.

The evening kicked off with a catered bar-b-q dinner in the Campground's Activity Center, followed by trips through the light display on the park's shuttle bus. The park and the lights look spectacular, and in many cases even more brilliant as the move to LEDs continues to expand. Cindy and I got to visit yesterday with Rich, who builds all of the displays and makes the magic happen. We became friends with him "back in the day" when we were volunteer hosts here, and it's always great to see him and other old friends.

Monday was again crisp and cool, but with only a very light breeze, as we set off by bus after breakfast to head downtown to the historic peninsula portion of the city. We toured the area by horse- or mule-drawn carriages as we learned about some of the history and architecture of the city. Following a stint at the City Market, we headed over to Liberty Park for a box lunch picnic.

There was time for a short visit to the Fort Sumter Visitor Center before boarding the Spirit of Charleston for a pleasant 30-minute cruise to Fort Sumter, located on a man-made island near the mouth of Charleston Harbor. Along the way we learned about some of the history leading up to secession and the opening battle of the Civil War in April of 1861. We toured Fort Sumter, with a Park Ranger presentation, standing on the parapets, seeing shells still embedded in the walls, observing the cannon and firing positions, and more, before returning for the cruise back to the city and the bus trip back to the park.

Monday evening some of the FROGs walked across the street to the headquarters of the park and of the Festival (we're camped right in the middle of the 3 millions lights and all of the activities that make up the Holiday Festival of Lights), while others dropped by our site for a campfire or simply called it a night.

Following breakfast yesterday and today, we were treated to seminars conducted by Brian Moran from Forest River's Service and Warranty Center. Brian's extensive knowledge and his easygoing manner of sharing it have been a big hit, not only here but also at other local events, as well as at the FROG International Rally, where he always conducts his "Know Your Stuff" seminars.

Yesterday and today are "on your own" days, and folks have set out to explore some of the fascinating locations in and around Charleston, or in some cases have elected to kick back and relax. Some have taken advantage of the park's six miles of paved walking and biking trails to explore the lakes, marshes, and other features within the park.

Tomorrow is another tour day, with a forecast of sunny skies and temperatures in the low 60s, and we'll update that as well as posting pictures.
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:05 PM   #82
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Thanks Bob for the report and look forward to hearing oabout the rest of the activities. Later RJD
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Old 12-14-2017, 03:04 PM   #83
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Thanks CZNEDY we have been to Patriots Island several times and really enjoy the displays they have. Later RJD
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I've uploaded some of my photos from Patriots Point to my Flikr account. If you double click on the photo below it will take you to the album all the Patriots Point photos are stored in...

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I've uploaded some photos from the carriage tour and the aquarium. Click on the photo below and it will take you to that Album on Flikr.



Note: We had visited Fort Sumter before so we visited the Aquarium, right next door , while most of the group took the boat tour.
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We were with the group in Charleston this week.
One of our dogs became very sick on Tuesday. Because we didn't tow our car, Bob and Cindy went above and beyond to get her to nearby vet on Tuesday and to and from the vet Wednesday.
After getting her to our vet on Thursday, she has since been in ICU at ncsu veterinary hospital. Was much better yesterday, thank God. Nothing short of a miracle.
Can't thank Bob and Cindy enough for their care and concern to help out our dog.
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I guess Frog Bob did not feed ya no pics of the event. Later RJD
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I wouldn't want to try and take a dinner picture at Hymans. The food is good enough it just might disappear while your fooling with a camera.
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I wouldn't want to try and take a dinner picture at Hymans. The food is good enough it just might disappear while your fooling with a camera.
It didn't happen if no pics Later RJD
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I'll tell my bathroom scale that and see how well it works....
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Well that could have come from eating at other places Later RJD
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We were with the group in Charleston this week.
One of our dogs became very sick on Tuesday. Because we didn't tow our car, Bob and Cindy went above and beyond to get her to nearby vet on Tuesday and to and from the vet Wednesday.
After getting her to our vet on Thursday, she has since been in ICU at ncsu veterinary hospital. Was much better yesterday, thank God. Nothing short of a miracle.
Can't thank Bob and Cindy enough for their care and concern to help out our dog.
Chris, we're glad we were able to help you locate a vet and get you there, and even happier to know that Lydia is on the mend. All in a day's work.
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