Isle of Palms/Charleston 
August 2011
 
In mid-August, 2011, we vacationed with our neighbors and good friends, the Williams'. Braden joined Lee, Debbie, and Grace, while the Williams' two sons, Zach and Josh were there, along with Zach's girlfriend, Anna. We rented a beautiful house across the street from the beach in Isle of Palms, and really enjoyed our times together. While there, we went on a number of bike rides, toured Ft. Sumter and the Aquarium in Charleston, and went on a kayak tour through the tidal marshes. We ate very well, mostly on things we cooked ourselves, and it's been said that there was some alcohol consumed...just a rumor, I think.
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The flags that have flown over Ft. Sumter in Charleston Harbor, where the Civil War began.
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Despite the heat, Grace enjoyed the boat ride to Ft. Sumter and our time there.
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The Stocks' lookin' sharp in 3-D glasses prior to the movie feature at the SC Aquarium, Charleston.
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Our house in Isle of Palms had its own pool, which came in handy every afternoon against the SC heat, and prior to Happy Hour.
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The SC Aquarium features many interesting exhibits, including the jellyfish (left), and the lobster (right.)
The Arthur Ravenel Bridge crosses the Cooper River in Charleston.
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Lee and Debbie started many mornings with a bike ride around the Isle of Palms. Here Debbie climbs one of the few "hills" in the area--the bridge connecting Isle of Palms with the Mainland.
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"Well, I THINK there's a way through the marsh over there--trust me!"
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Braden waiting for some loggerhead turtles to hatch from their nest on the beach. Despite his patient urgings, they didn't hatch during our visit. There were some that did hatch, however, and some that needed rescuing by the SC Aquarium, and we watched a release of three turtles one afternoon.
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Still trying to figure out why Braden spent so much time at the beach....
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