So, we were on a quest for some luggage, maybe some new footwear, for Jimmy (thass me) for my upcoming trip (shhh, secret for now). We took a little field trip over to Clarksville, IN, about 35 miles away, to Bass Pro Shop. We could have shopped here in Corydon, but weren’t sure the 7-11 had all the same choices as the MegaSportsMall 🙂
As we entered the vast shopping emporium, we were attacked by a giant leech! Well, actually, it was a rather small salesgirl manning (personing?) the kiosk for a place selling timeshares. We tried to get away, but got stuck to the tarbaby. She said, “How about 2 nights for $99, lots of choices of places to go, just gotta listen to a 2-hour salespitch?” So, I said to her, “No way, lady, we aren’t going to waste our money on this scam!” That’s what I intended to say, anyway. What actually came out of my mouth was, “Why, shore, little lady – where do I sign?” She threw in some free shopping cards for BassProReallyBigStore, so how could I resist?
Charleston was only a short drive for us. 10 hours is short, yes? But, I had wanted to visit that area, anyway, because of the historic sites there – something about a little difference of opinion that the locals there refer to as “The War of Northern Aggression”. So, before we left home we put together an impressive list of must-see things in Charleston. We actually wound up visiting only ONE of the places on our list, but had a great time, anyway. And, I was surprised to learn that the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown was involved in the Civil War, but live and learn, I say. We listened to some really entertaining books-on-CD during our trip. The one we listened to on the drive down was “The Land of Mango Sunsets” – loved it! Yes, it was chick-lit, but well done! Later, on our way home, we plugged in “Thirteen Moons”, written by the same fellow who wrote “Cold Mountain” (haven’t read it – saw the movie). I loved the 13 Moons book, so richly written; wish I could write like that! Kate and I always enjoy our road trips, hope to have many more!
I’ve included a few photos to give you a thumbnail idea of the sights we enjoyed in Charleston, browse them at your leisure. We also got to enjoy some of the local delicacies, like shrimp & grits (the recipe for which was imported from Vermont, I understand), and we also wrestled with enjoyed crab legs, oysters, and some clams, presented in a big bucket. Fortunately, I wore one of my multi-colored shirts, so all the spills that wound up on my shirt matched the seafood feast. We had a big time browsing the tables spread out at the City Market – the market was a succession of long buildings erected almost end-to-end, but each separated by about 50 feet. They said it used to be a slave market in ages past, but not a place where slaves were sold, rather a place where slaves would come to sell their handmade wares. Hard to imagine that, but hey, would I question traditional history, passed down from the olden days? We had rain on the second day, but we soldiered on, umbrellas and smiles – after lunch and the tour of the Yorktown aircraft carrier we took a carriage ride (yes, in the rain – there was a cover on it). Do it, have a good time!
We really enjoyed our short stay there, and are already looking forward to our next trip! One or two folks said we might not wanna come in mid-summer – something about walking around in a sauna while battling insect pterodactyls palmetto bugs, which are so large that some locals give them names, like pets 😦 So, go enjoy Charleston, but maybe during Spring would be best.
Au Revoir, y’all! 🙂