Trip Highlights
Cherry Point Show
First stop was the Marine Corps airshow at Cherry Point, NC. This aircraft is America's newest, the F-35B. It still has not gone operational.
Cherry Point Show
Cherry Point Show
There also were a few aircraft at the show from World War II.
Cherry Point Show
New Bern
The trip continued via New Bern, NC. These are some of the gardens at the Tryon Palace, North Carolina's first capital.
New Bern
Tryon Palace
Tryon Palace, New Bern, North Carolina. New Bern was the state's first capital.
Tryon Palace
New Bern Bears
There were bears such as this one all over the city. Bern is derived from the German word for "bear." This particular bear was called Home Town Bernie II.
New Bern Bears
Lejeune Memorial Gardens
Lejeune Memorial Gardens commemorates heroes of all sorts, from the first black Montford Point Marines of World War II through 9/11 and the anti-terrorst efforts in the Middle East. This photo is of the Vietnam memorial, one of the largest in the U.S.
Lejeune Memorial Gardens
Montford Point Marines Memorial
Monument to the Montford Point Marines of World War II.
Montford Point Marines Memorial
Aquarium at Fort Fisher
The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher concentrates on wildlife in the local rivers and waters.
Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Dinosaurs at Fort Fisher
The North Carolina Aquarium also had an interesting display of very realistic looking dinosaurs outdoors.
Dinosaurs at Fort Fisher
Wilmington, NC
A horse-drawn trolley ride in Wilmington, NC.
Wilmington, NC
USS North Carolina
The USS North Carolina battleship is berthed permanently across the Cape Fear river from the Wilmington city hall.
USS North Carolina
Georgetown, SC
The trees formed canopies over the residential streets in old Georgetown, SC. The town has an oak tree that is 500 years old. It is listed with the American Forestry Associates as the state champion oak.
Georgetown, SC
Jewish Cemetery
The second oldest Jewish cemetery in South Carolina was established in Georgetown in 1772.
Jewish Cemetery
Georgetown Harborwalk
Georgetown also has the very pleasant Harborwalk, lined with restaurants and small parks.
Georgetown Harborwalk
Hampton Plantation
Hampton Plantation, south of Georgetown, once grew rice. Now it is a park with hiking trails, picnic tables and tours of the house. There is no furniture in the mansion. Rather, it is partly deconstructed in many rooms in order to reveal how they were built in the late 18th century.
Hampton Plantation
Hampton Plantation
Some of the sheathing has been removed to reveal late 18th century construction techniques.
Hampton Plantation
Sam Hill Cemetery
Slaves were buried at Sam Hill Cemetery at Hampton Plantation. It is still an active burial site today for their descendants.
Sam Hill Cemetery
Center for Birds of Prey
Injured birds are cared for at the South Carolina Center for Birds of Prey. In addtion, visitors are treated to flight demonstrations by various birds: hawks, vultures, and owls. The birds have small telemetry devices attached to them so they can be tracked and recovered if they do not return after a flight.
Center for Birds of Prey
Center for Birds of Prey
This Bald Eagle at the Center for Birds of Prey has part of one wing missing and can no longer fly.
Center for Birds of Prey
Cypress Wetlands
There were plenty of birds, but no alligators to see at the Cypress Wetlands in Port Royal, near the Parris Island Marine Corps training base.
Cypress Wetlands
Cypress Wetlands
An American Anhinga at Cypress Wetlands in Port Royal, SC.
Cypress Wetlands
Charleston Walled City
Part of the walk around the "walled city" of Charleston includes the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon. The dungeon guided tour was most interesting.
Charleston Walled City
Stede Bonnet, Gentleman Pirate
One of the exhibits in the Provost Dungeon shows Stede Bonnet, gentleman pirate, awaiting trial there.
Stede Bonnet, Gentleman Pirate
Circlular Congregational Church.
Circlular Congregational Church. It reportedly has the oldest graveyard in the city of Charleston, SC.
Circlular Congregational Church.
Harbor Tour
The Carolina Belle, the ship for the harbor tour of Charleston.
Harbor Tour
Fort Sumter
Fort Sumter as seen from the Carolina Belle.
Fort Sumter
Charleston Tea Plantation
The only tea plantation in North America. When the plants grow tall enough, the top leaves are cut off by a large skimming trimmer, then taken to the factory on the plantation for processing and drying.
Charleston Tea Plantation
Beaufort, SC, Anglican church
Sepulcher built for a doctor who feared he would be buried alive. His friends provided bread, water and an ax so he could bust his way out. He didn't need them. He was dead. (The St. Helena Anglican Parish church in Beaufort, SC).
Beaufort, SC, Anglican church
Gullah Praise House
A Gullah praise house on St. Helena Island, Coffin Point.
Gullah Praise House
St. Helena Island
Avenue of Oaks on St. Helena Island.
St. Helena Island
Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island horses.
Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island
A great egret takes flight in the marshes of Hilton Head Island.
Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island, Grandma Bert's great photo of the majestic trees with their Spanish Moss.
Hilton Head Island
Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum had elaborate models, figureheads and a ships-in-a-bottle collection.
Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, one of a number of figureheads on display.
Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum gardens.
Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
Savannah, River Street
Savannah, River Street is lined with shops, restaurants and memorials. It also is a good spot to watch merchant vessels on the Savannah River.
Savannah, River Street
Savannah, Emmet Park
This light in Emmet Park was used to help guide ships over the wrecks of British ships sunk after the War of 1812.
Savannah, Emmet Park
Savannah, Historic District
Savannah's Presbyterian church in the historic district.
Savannah, Historic District
Savannah, Forsyth Park
The Forsyth Park fountain, one of the most visited attractions by visitors to Savannah.
Savannah, Forsyth Park
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Waitress at Betty Bombers, a snack bar open to the public inside the American Legion building in Savannah. The theme is the Army Air Forces in World War II.
Tybee Island
Tybee Island is flat, flat, flat.
Tybee Island
The Crab Shack
The "South-of-the-Border" tacky Crab Shack.
The Crab Shack
Tybee Island Lighthouse
Tybee Island lighthouse and museum.
Tybee Island Lighthouse
Tybee Island Museum
The Tybee Island Museum
Tybee Island Museum
Fort Pulaski
Fort Pulaski, captured by the Union from the Confederates after the Union blew a hole in the wall using rifled cannon for the first time in warfare.
Fort Pulaski
Wesley Monument
John Wesley monument. Wesley gave his first sermon in America near what is now Fort Pulaski.
Wesley Monument
Blue Heron Nature Center
The Blue Heron Learning Center in Ridgeland, SC, has a short nature walk of interest. There were supposed to be alligators in the lake, but none were seen.
Blue Heron Nature Center
Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage
Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, located in an old Sinclair gas station, changes exhibits from time-to-time.
Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage
Great Swamp Sanctuary
Black-winged dragonfly in the Great Swamp Sanctuary, Walterboro, South Carolina
Great Swamp Sanctuary
Armadillos
Armadillo foraging for food in the Great Swamp Sanctuary.
Armadillos