First, we needed to go to Fort Moultrie to get Nancy a senior national park pass. I have one, but we wanted a backup just in case we misplace it. For the inexpensive price of $10, we figured it was a good insurance plan!! We only spent about an hour at Fort Moultrie as we have been there several times in the past, so we took some photos and then went to the second planned adventure for the day, walking over the Cooper River (Ravenal) Bridge.
Nancy here: This post is out of sequence and should have appeared before the previous post about the house showings. However, I am again behind on photos and blogging, so just pretend it is where it should be ;o)) Also, because I am behind and because there are so many photos, I will post our Fort Moultrie visit in a separate blog in reverse order also….after the blog about the bridge walk. Now that you and I are totally confused… hope you enjoy the photos and the beautiful day :o))
We left Fort Moultrie and drove to the base of the bridge
where they have a welcome center, a beautiful park and a fishing pier.
Approaching the Bridge
Photo from Wikipedia taken from Charlestown Harbor
The Ravenal Bridge, its official name, is a 2.4 mile suspension bridge
over the Cooper River connecting Mt. Pleasant to Charleston.
Every year they have the “Cooper River Bridge Run”
with over 30,000 participants.
We thought it would be a fun thing to do, just not running and
not with 30,000 of our closest friends ;o))
Waterfront Park under the bridge
Fishing Pier built on the supports of the old Cooper River Bridge.
The new bridge opened on July, 2005.
After putting our quarters in the parking meters,
we enjoyed our packed lunch and then
headed out to walk the bridge.
Sidewalk to start of the bridge walkway
View from the Start of the Bridge Walkway
On the east side of the bridge there is a 12 foot lane,
designated for foot traffic and bicycles,
which is separated from the auto traffic by large cement barriers.
It’s a great idea and well thought out.
Heading UP and South on the Bridge Walkway
We stopped many times to take pictures and
use binoculars to enjoy the fantastic views.
We kept looking at each other and
commenting about the spectacular sights we were seeing.
We’ll let the photos tell the story!!
Our first view of Charleston.
There was a large cruise shipped docked at the port.
To the right of the ship, you can see the steeple of
St. Mathews Lutheran Church.
That is the tallest building in Charleston.
USS Yorktown, part of the maritime museum
at Patriots Point.
As we continued up, we could see another bridge off to our right (west).
That is I-526 which loops around Charleston.
We are approaching the first tower!! WOW, is it high!!
The bridge walkway juts out around the towers
which gave us this view from Tower One to Tower Two.
First cyclist we saw crossing the bridge.
He looks so tiny compared to the bridge!!
The Halfway Point
View from Tower Two to the Charleston end of the Bridge
Our son attended The Citadel and
we were able to locate the Citadel Clock Tower
from the Tower Two Platform.
We saw this large freighter heading to port
when we were at Fort Moultrie early this morning.
Now, here it is at the shipyard being unloaded.
Here is a picture of the shipyard for the Port of Charleston.
Lots of cars…not sure if they are coming or going.
My guess is COMING!!
You can see another view of the Cruise Ship in the background.
This is the view at the end of our walk across.
Now we turn around an head back.
Yes Sherry, things do look different walking the same path
in the opposite direction ;o))
Another view of the USS Yorktown
with the Fort Sumter Ferry Boat passing in front of it.
All types and sizes of boats in the harbor!!
This is one BIG erector set ;o))
View from Tower Two (north) towards Mt. Pleasant
Water Taxi crossing under the bridge
We stopped in the middle of the bridge
View to the Northeast – Mt. Pleasant and Patriots Point
View to the Southeast - The City of Charleston
As we approached our starting point,
we saw this cyclist was just starting UP… it is a long, hard climb!!
One last view of the USS Yorktown!
This guy was deliberately poling his boat into the grasses.
Not sure what he was after?!?!
We were almost back to the start.
There’s our car parked under the bridge.
The walk was fantastic!
We’re going to have to bike this bridge some time.
However, we need to do some hill training first ;o))
The 5 mile walk can now be crossed off our “bucket” list.
Would we do it again?
ABSOLUTELY -- Can't Wait!!
Before we headed back to Murrells Inlet,
we stopped at The Whole Foods Store in Mt. Pleasant.
We needed to pick up some groceries
that we can’t get here in Murrells Inlet
and the surrounding grocery stores.
Don’t ask me what they were!
I just know that Nancy said we needed them ;o))
All in All... It was a WONDERFUL Day!!