Really nicely done Museum. We had a nice time. Spousal Unit was feeling her ankles, so I went aboard the Submarine alone. I have a few photos to upload in a bit.
Cruising around the Yorktown was like any other Carrier, except not as crowded. I recommend anyone on the West Coast visit the USS Hornet, which is permanently moored at the Carrier Pier at the former Naval Air Station Alameda (My old base!). There is cooler weather and it's in Alameda.
|Our room at the Charleston Place|
|The Champagne we did not notice for five minutes|
|One of the nice folks in Charleston|
|A street heading out of the waterfront|
|View from end of City Pier note the covered area which hold swing benches|
|View of Yorktown from the Pier|
|Old Courthouse where Constitution was ratified for SC|
|I love history!|
|Old Churches with Steeples are everywhere!|
|Fleet Landing has become a restaurant|
|Washington Statue in front of Civil War Obelisk|
|Beauregard's Tomb in Washington Park|
|Still a working harbor with foreign trade|
|Blind Tiger Pub|
|Walking towards the Yorktown Exhibit|
|Left side of the F-4 on starboard cat|
|I don't care for the "new" subdued paint schemes; I really love seeing the bright paint to let the potential enemy know who is doing the ass kicking around here.|
|A-4 in the colors of Vice Admiral Stockdale|
|One of the Big Names™ of Naval Aviation|
|S-3 Viking Tail "World Famous Screwbirds" of VS-33|
|Whale Tail from a VQ-2 EA-3|
|This is the trademarked Don that inspired VQ-2 from Sandeman Port.|
|Ol' A-7 Corsair II on the port cat|
|More my speed; SH-3 Sea King (I spent five years on and inside those old birds)|
|Some Active Duty Sailors from the local Nuke School marching away from the Yorktown, singing cadence songs.|
|USS Clamagore Forward Torpedo Room|
|Closeup of some of the bunks in the torpedo room|
|Captains bunk closet|
|Upper part of Skipper's Bunk|
|Galley (Cooking Space)|
|Officers Mess (Wardroom)|
|The Crew Shower|
|Starboard FM-10 Diesel "Speedy Gonzalez"|
|Port side FM-10 "Roadrunner"|
|I tried parking away from everybody, but this happened more than once on this trip (Somebody with a similar make car would park next to us) Never could see the use in a black car in the hot South.|
|On Sullivan's Island|
|Pointed towards Fort Sumter|
|You can see Fort Sumter in the distance|
|That there is Sumter. We saved 30 bucks and time traveling by going to Moultrie, instead.|
|Yep, that's a Fort all rightee|
|Another view of Moultrie|
|We enjoyed the fact that we were practically alone!|
|Now we understand how they moved cannon about. Hernia; Hut!|
|View inside the Embassy Suites|
We left for the Concert about a half hour before it started, our hotel was in front of the Performing Arts Center, about a 150 yard walk.
The Concert was better than I can describe! Elvis Costello is a Master Showman who worked really hard to make the audience be involved with the show. There was a twenty foot spinning wheel with songtitles, Elvis would invite a couple of people to spin the wheel; If they drew a joker, the Request Light would flash and the spinner could make a request for any song they liked.
After the song choice was made, the spinner would be invited to have a seat at the "Society Bar" and have a glass of wine while the Star sang the song choice.
Ah, not so fast... While the song would play, a Lady came out behind the stage who would ask the Fan's to step into a Go-Go Cage where they would have to look silly dancing to the song(s). In the case of one of the spinners, they were up there for a four song stretch.
Great fun! Here is a review of the concert.
There is another Concert Scheduled for Jacksonville in September. If we aren't traveling, we may go again.
Have a great weekend!