It IS what it is...

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Yesterday was a more than interesting day... We were just going to hang out, but you know how that goes...  The night-long rain had stopped, so Lynnie decided she wanted to get her hair cut.  The place was only about five miles down the road, so I dropped her off and looked for a place to get Sooby's oil changed.  I found SpeeDees Oil Change about three miles farther down the road.  No problem.  I had the oil changed and didn't get any pressure for additional services.  I picked up the girl and we headed to Summerville to pick up some Digest-It, a product for our blackwater tank.  The guy at that place had never heard of it.  So we went shopping for various and sundry other needs.  We drove back to camp by a scenic highway, right past the Magnolia Plantation.  The traffic was heavy, so it took quite a while to get back.  I had noticed that the rear window was dirty and wouldn't clear up with the wiper.  When I got back I washed it with window cleaner.  It was a waxy material that was difficult to remove.  I decided then to check the oil.  Much to my amazement, there was NONE on the dipstick. At no time did any of the engine warning lights come on, so I didn't suspect a thing.

  I did a minor freak out and talked to Lynnie about it.  It was too late to contact SpeeDee, so I called a couple of friends and vented a bit.  My panic subsided.  We waited, almost calmly, for morning.  Both of us slept well in spite of the situation.

This morning I called the place and talked with the manager.  He came out and added oil and we ran the engine for a bit.  He checked it again and no oil showed.  He left and will be back later with a helper and a lift to see what's up.  To be continued...

Well, the guys showed up on time after my call.  They jacked up the car and found that the filter was loose.  The actual tech claimed that the filter was defective.  I don't know.  They put on a new filter and tightened it fully and added oil.  No leaks showed and the engine sound it's usual self.  All turned out fine.  Thank God!  Another small bump on our adventure taken in stride.

We drove into the old section of Charleston and started a walking tour, but gave up after awhile and headed for the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist to check it out.  It's a beautiful edifice, constructed in 1907.  It's the third church on the site, the others having been destroyed by fire.  The interior is very impressive.  I've included a short video to let you see for yourselves.

From there we went to the Slave Mart.  It was the last operating place of it's kind.  It was a sad but very meaningful experience to read the history and learn even more about the atrocities committed to the African Americans of the day.  Some of the leg-irons and other "tools" were on exhibit there.  Both of us were deeply touched by the experience.  It's a "must see" in Charleston, in my opinion.

We then spotted an unusual church on our way back to the car.  It's a French Hugenot Church constructed in 1847.  It is also the third church on the site, the others also having been destroyed by fire.  The Hugenots came to America to escape persecution in France.  The church has an interesting interior in that the pews have doors at the end of each.  On questioning, the guide said that the church wasn't heated, so the members brought foot warmers.  The closed pews helped in keeping out the drafts.  I asked if perhaps they "locked" them in so they couldn't leave.  She pretty much ignored my question and gave the above-mentioned answer.  Ya just never know...

We got back and got Sooby and headed off to get gas and do a bit of shopping before an early dinner. 

We dined at the Olive Garden in North Charleston.  Our kids, God love 'em, had given us gift cards at Christmas.  We finally found an Olive Garden where we could dine.  Lynnie, as usual, had the mussels and I had the mixed grill.  This is made up of marinated chicken, steak and numerous veggies, cooked on skewers.  The potatoes were cooked with rosemary.  It was all quite delicious.  Thanks Mel and Joe!

Now it's late evening and we're each doing our usual.  We'll leave tomorrow for Myrtle Beach, SC.  It's about ninety miles north of here.  The weather is improving, so we're hoping for a nice two days there.  The campground is near the Atlantic and is a great birding area.  Look forward to some interesting photos... We'll do our best to keep on finding things of interest.  That's it for now, my friends.  If you're interested in something we've missed, give us a "buzz" and we'll do our best to include it too.

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