. The largely outdoor marsh exhibit which contained the sea based birds and lower river fish. and the touch tank which contained the small rays and rock pool which allowed the visitors to feel the smaller sea creatures. The aquarium wasnt too busy it being a week day so i was able to spend time taking some excellent photos. Once id been around each area i headed to the aquarium cafe to see what was available to eat, i decided that since i didnt know where in Charleston id eat while it was available. I chose the ham and cheese sandwich, i watch while the serving girl made the sandwich with 4 slices of ham, 2 slices of cheese, lettuce, pickle, beef tomato and mayo. I added a drink and a bag of crisps came free, this cost a total of $7. i took the food out to the harbour viewing platform and sat quiietly and ate. After i had eaten i took a look around the gift shop, pretty much like any other gift shop with stuffed toys, ive been to the aquarium merchandise and water based kids toys. Finishing at the aquarium i took a walk into Charleston, the walk took me down the main street to the shopping street, the shopping street consisted largely of designer womens stores, tech shops and eateries. I was tempted to buy an ipad as i walked past the apple store, but managed to resist. Getting to the end of the shopping street i turned around and headed back to the aquarium where i was to be picked up. Then followed the reverse journey to get us back across state home. This was also fairly uneventful until my cousin noticed that he had forgotten to get gas, so after scouring the exits to see which ones had gas we put gas stations into the sat nav and headed to the nearest
. While the gas was being pumped a truck broke down on the road infront of the station and every car which pulled up behind just indicated and pull round. As my cousin came out the station my cousin opened the door to the truck and said 'come on were gonna help' so we pushed the truck out of the way of the traffic and round to a parking space. Looking at the front of the truck it was obvious that the radiator had a leak and that it had no water. After asking the lady if she needed any further help we headed on our way, although i would not have liked to have broken down in smalltown middle of nowhere at a gas station where everyone refused to help. The final leg of the journey was pretty uneventful and we travelled on until we reach the place where we planned to eat dinner.
Arriving in Charleston after a very uneventful 3.5hrs drive down an american interstate which was pretty much straight for the entire journey and the scenery changed very little i was dropped at the entrance to the Aquarium and walk up the drive to the ticket desk, purchased a ticket and headed inside, i had a map of the building so it wasn't difficult to find section 1. Aquariums interest me as technically a few fish swimming about in some water should all technically be the same. But each aquarium is based on the area it is built in and so you tend to find regional variation and also each aquarium claims its own speciality (biggest tank, rarest type of animal, top research, those kind of things). As this aquarium was in South Carolina it specialised in Atlanitic coastal waters and reptiles. Its speciality being the very rare albino alligator, which was white in person but the water in the tank makes it look greener in the photo. Taking the escalator up to the second floor i followed the exhibit round the various zones which included the mountain zone with otters and large river fish such as trout, the coastal plain which contained the aligators, turtles and snakes, the ocean which was a 2 floor tank which contained the larger fish and the sharks