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We are back in DC

16 Feb

We had a great time in Charleston and Kiawah- even though we got a rained on most of the day on Saturday. So with the rainy day- our first stop was to see the Hunley submarine from the Civil War. Kerry and I decided that the first crew of this submarine were definitely adventurous (no good oxygen supply, VERY small space, bad crash/sinking record and a whole list of other things working against them). Here is Kerry in the replica- the crank was the sub’s ‘power’:

sc22Kerry attempted to fit through the porthole. I think that the 9 men crew were all under 5′ 7 and must have weighed 100 pounds. And, no- I did not even attempt to try- I was on photo duty:

sc23Next rainy day stop was Fort Moltrie on Sullivan’s Island (we got a nice view on Fort Sumter too):

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To finish off out unofficial military history tour of Charleston (and it was still raining), we opted to tour the USS Yorktown and Patriots Point since most of it was inside. Kerry had never been on an aircraft carrier (his Army experience did not include large boats).

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sc28On Patriots Point, there was a modern submarine that we walked through. It definitely had more space than the Civil War version but the tight space and hatch doors were not great for me.

sc30After all the walking and touring, we went back to Kiawah and enjoyed a nice Italian Valentine’s Day dinner in a restaurant completely to ourselves.

Sunday we forgot to take pictures when Amy and Dan came to visit! Amy, Dan and I went to Colorado State together and they are currently living in Myrtle Beach, SC. It was great to see them and we are hoping to see them in Denver this summer. We hope their moving plans stay on schedule!

Even though it was VERY windy- I did get a photo of Kerry on the beach.

sc31Today, we just headed back home and now it is sinking in that we have to return to work tomorrow. Only 6 more weeks until Baby V’s official due date!

Friday

13 Feb

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We wore ourselves out the last two days in South Carolina! (Sadly, we are back at Casa de Kaine at 8pm on a Friday night making a blog posting and watching Law & Order). Yesterday, we arrived on Kiawah Island and were very happy with the 70 degree weather and the bright blue sky. Last night, we took a fun ghost tour with Mike from the Old Charleston Walking Tours. We did not see any ghosts but Charleston is pretty haunted and there were some fun stories we learned along the way. One of the local churches must not find it amusing that people look for ghosts in their graveyard because they have posted this sign:

charleston3Then today, we took a harbor cruise around Charleston and out to Fort Sumter- still enjoying the lovely 70 degree weather. If you are in Charleston- Fort Sumter is definitely work the trip!

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(33 weeks, 1 day pregnancy picture)

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Of course, there was some silly moments.

kersumter3Then we went back to Charleston and wandered around town. We visited the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon and learned that it is one of three of the most historically significant buildings in the U.S. Number one is Faneuil Hall in Boston (went there over the summer) and second is Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

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We may have gotten a little too much sun today. But, tomorrow is another busy vacation day!