October 2012

Found 3 blog entries for October 2012.

Well, my pockets are empty this morning. It is ,of course, my own fault. I know that the second Sunday of each month is the day that King Street here in Charleston is closed to vehicles and merchants move their business outside. What was I thinking? My gal and I had barely travelled half a block when the aroma from an Asian noodle house lured us in. We had done so well in avoiding the 20 eating establishments we had passed up to this point. Maybe just a snack?  After some quick nourishment we traveled a mere 50 yards into Bob Ellis, Charleston's premier shoe purveyor. Jimmy, Manola and Stewart were all hanging around on the shelf waiting to be taken home and she tried them all on. Al Bundy would have been proud! We escaped but just in the nick of time.

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Today was Columbus Day. A cold front pushed through sometime this morning and triggered a round of thunderstorms. It also changed the temperature significantly. Yesterday our high was 88 and today it  won't make 70 degrees. In celebration of the climate change I donned my mostly unused exercise gear and headed off for the challange of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge. This 3 mile engineering traffic marvel connects Mount Pleasant to Charleston and this morning I'm walking it all. 8:00 a.m. I lock my car in the lot at the foot of the bridge at Mt. P's waterfront park. Within one minute I'm through the lot and onto the bridge's pedestrian lanes. Two lanes here. One for walkers and joggers and one for bikes. The first mile is uphill and it climbs rather steeply. At…
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It was an easy walk of sorts. Probably a little complicated by the pitch dark and puddles left by the ebbing surf. I carried only my Stanley thermos. Five a.m. and I'm on my way up the beach for the sunrise. There was no issue parking the car at this hour. In fact my vehicle occupies the first spot off the pier at the Isle of Palms. On my hike I see only two other people, both with dogs, both jogging. Are they kidding? After what seems like an eternity I have made my way up past the Grand Pavillion at Wild Dunes and select a spot on a downed palm trunk and pour my first cup of Starbucks Cafe Verona. I wait. The sky is brighter now at 6:15. It's a mix of greys and I wonder if I picked the wrong day. Is it going to rain? Without an umbrella I will be…
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