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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

#44 - Downtown Charleston to Patriots Point

Veterans Day Weekend in Charleston is a great time of year. The city sponsors an excellent Veterans Day parade, with enough history and other activities to keep you busy for the long weekend. I love to visit, as I get to see my sister and brother-in-law - and now my son - who serves in the US Navy there.

This hike started with the Veterans Day parade at the corner of the Historic Charleston City Market and United States Custom House. While I can't list them all, the parade was a reminder of all of the organizations that assist our Veterans every day. Americans giving their time to help others, by supporting the Disabled American Veterans, the Purple Heart, Red Cross, and so many, many more. They deserved all of the applause they received. It was a wonderful parade.


Once the parade was complete, we mapped out a hike from the downtown area over to Patriots Point. About 5 miles as a straight shot, though we got roughly 8 miles in total. Starting from Waterfront Park, we worked our way through town and along the Cooper river - crossing the river at Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge - where we spied a fox sleeping in the sun.

Ravenel Bridge

Cooper River
Fort Sumter
USS Yorktown - Patriots Point

On the other side of the river, in Mt. Pleasant, lies Patriots Point. A new Vietnam exhibit opened on this day - and with the Aircraft Carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10), the Destroyer USS Laffey (DD-724), and the Submarine USS Clamagore (SS-343) all there, it turned out to be the perfect destination for this day.

River Patrol Boat - Vietnam


Fantail of USS Laffey
The Captain and the Navigator

F14 Tomcat
All in all it was a great day, a great hike. Seeing my son, visiting my sister and brother-in-law, celebrating our veterans, all in a place like Charleston made for a great weekend.

Keep hiking, friends...

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