We spent some time with the Grandparents at the front end of the trip. Then back to Murrells Inlet for a day, then off to Day Trip (or two) to Charleston, Sharon had to work a Wed Peds shift so I took the kids for a kayak trip with COA and our guide Nick gave us a very interesting tour of the estuaries in and around Folly Beach Island. We saw a pod of dolphin and a calf or two "bubble netting/feeding" which was awesome. An osprey diving to feed on fish and a few pelicans dive bombing as well. The wild life and marsh were amazing from the water. Madison was with me in a tandum kayak and Anna and Mic piloted their own.
We washed up and enjoyed the pool at the Town and Country Inn in West Ashley. The it was off to FUEL for dinner.
Thursday was spent recuperating and on Friday we were off to North Augusta, SC for a lecture I was to give on Saturday morning at the public Library. On our way we stopped off in Aiken and visited the Train Museum and then downtown Augusta GA where I went to Med school. MCG now GRU has a much larger more modern campus I could barely recognize. Also my duplex where I roomed with Adolph for 3 years was still standing on Telfare and 3rd St. But much of the downtown area including the RiverWalk was in disrepair and rundown. Was quite a pity. What was once a wonderful gem of the downtown has decayed and become unappreciated by the town-folk of Augusta. We did eat at the Cotton Patch and took in some live Jazz.
The following day in N. Augusta I meet Barbara the coordinator of lectures for adults at the library and lectured for a bit over an hour to an enthusiastic group of folks on "Modern advances in surgery and medicine during the Am. Civil War." Afterwards we toured N. Augusta and headed back towards Aiken for more sightseeing. A big horse town we stopped by a popular outdoor garden and visited the equestrian racing museum there as well. Dusted off our visit with the best meal of the week at Malia's on main street and whet our whistle at Betsy's On The Corner.
Pictures I asked the kids to send me from their cell phones:
|Madison's picture of our backyard, now with some new flora.|
|The Museum of Horse Racing (Hall of Fame)|
|Anna & Mic having a good laugh.|
|Mic's picture of the Cooper-River Bridge from the Mt. Plznt side while walking a trail along the marsh.|
|Painted Horse in Aiken, SC|
|We stopped in for a quick cool drink at the Wilcox Hotel & Restaurant. (A historic Inn)|