Or, in today's adventures..... if it looks like paving tar and smushes like paving tar, it may not be paving tar. While driving home today, my baby (17 yo) brother and I noticed some oddly smushed black substance on the road that turned into black tire tracks further up the road. It looked like somebody overdid the repaving project. All of a sudden, we got a whiff of something rather unpleasant, and it wasn't the salt marsh at low tide. We noticed a water supply truck and some men sucking up a HUGE pile of this black substance. As we drove by, the odor became so strong you could literally taste it and was virtually unbearable. It was a gargantuan pile of manure, hopefully animal, but quite probably human. Or, in other words, my car and tires STILL smell like shi-poopie. As soon as rush hour traffic ends, I'm heading out to get it cleaned.
My something new today was a Fort Sumter Ferry Ride and Tour. I'm sure that at some point in my life, I've been to Fort Sumter, but I have no recollection of such event. My kid brother and I played tourist. He works for the county parks, which means he and 1 other person get to do basically everything touristy in the Charleston, SC area for free. :) I learned some new facts about Ft. Sumter and Charleston. For instance, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated just a few days after the end of the Civil War, which happened to be the same day that the Yankees were re-claiming and re-raising the flags at Ft. Sumter. It was enjoyable, and I spoiled baby bro with some Belgian Gelato. It gave me a nice taste of Europe, walking down the stone street and eating my yummy gelato. Strangely enough, I had a friend tell me just last week that Charleston reminds him of the best parts of Europe. What a compliment from a European!!
Here are some pictures from our historic visit. :)
|North America's Largest Cable-Stayed Bridge|
|Where the Civil War Began...|
|It's very difficult to get two people and a 55,000 pound cannon in the same frame.|
|Ready, Aim,.... Fire!|
|moving the cannon up and down to aim and adjust the length of my shot|
|View of the Charleston Peninsula from Fort Sumter|
|Same view from the Fort, but zoomed out|
|Bending to fit in the door|
|He's too tall to have been a confederate...|
|heavenly sugar coma|