We stayed in North Carolina for the night and then headed to Patriots Point in Mt Pleasant, SC. Patriots Point is where the USS Yorktown (the fighting lady), USS Laffey and USS Clamagore are docked and serve as museums.
The original Yorktown was destroyed and sunk in 1942. The "the fighting lady" was rebuilt in 16 months to replace what the Navy had lost. The Yorktown carried 3,500 men and 90 planes. She also served in the Vietnam War and recovered Apollo 8.
We were able to walk around all the ships... it was an awesome full-day history lesson! See, we did school on vacation!
Since Meagan's foot was still swollen, sore and very tender, we were able to use a wheelchair and had access to the elevators!
|This was the bridge we crossed to get to Patriots Point|
|The USS Yorktown (The Fighting Lady)|
|Collin and Dad checking out the Twin 40 MM Bofors|
|Collin sitting in the seat of a Twin 40MM Bofors|
|We walked all over the land strip of the Aircraft. There were planes everywhere.|
|Looking over the planes from an outside walkway.|
|Collin, Meagan, Diona and Kaitlyn checking out the Air groups numbers of planes, trains, subs and ships shot down or destroyed.|
|The list just keeps going.|
|Todd and Diona over looking the planes.|
|Checking out the walkways outside!|
|Todd in the captains seat.|
After we walked around the top of the Yorktown, we went down a few levels to see where the planes were stored, and check out the museum.
|A wonderful reminder "When you go home tomorrow, tell them of us and say 'for your tomorrow, we gave our today'".|
|All the planes in the belly of the Yorktown.|
|Everyone took turns sitting inside this airplane.|
|The amount of buttons, switches and knobs were amazing!|
|Collin in the plane|
|Dad in the plane|
|Kaitlyn in the plane|
|The sign above the museum reads "Charleston Navy Yard Museum 1901-1996"|
|Kaitlyn, Diona and Meagan checking out how inventions like the typewriter, record player, binoculars, etc, have improved.|
|Kaitlyn typing on a typewriter|
|The fighting lady|
|The torpedo room... Collin said he wouldn't want to sleep with bombs.|
|So many knobs and levers!|
|C and K testing out the controls|
|I think this was the radio room?|
|The tiniest toilet. Needs a woman's touch!|
|This itty bitty four table dining room had to feed 75 hungry men.|
|Collin, Meagan and Kaitlyn on top the submarine, with the Yorktown in the distance|
|Same background, this time it's Todd and Diona|
|After we left the Clamagore, the guys went onto the Destroyer, the USS Laffey. The girls went into the gift shop|
|Collin on the deck of Laffey|
After leaving Patriots Point, full of gratitude for the men who served, and are currently deployed and working to protect our country, we headed to Hilton Head, SC.
We called up some long time puppy raiser friends (who raised Clarke, one of our finishing dogs from a pup) and headed to see them for a quick chat. We enjoyed meeting their dogs Duke, Parker and Burke.
|Big Boy Duke|
|Little Miss Burke loved Collin.|
|We enjoyed watching some guys para-sail surf.|
|We had the whole beach to ourselves!|
|Panoramic view of the beach|
|Vacation 2012 written into the sand and our bare feet.|
We had a great time on vacation. It was wonderful to get away and enjoy being together as a family.