Walmart Alligators

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Well we woke up this morning at the Walmart Arms with the goal of driving to Charleston SC and seeing the sights along the way.  We were not expecting that one of the sights would appear right there before we left the parking lot.  Next to the Walmart parking lot was a large grassy are and a good size pond.  Lucy was out letting LaKisha run in the grass when she came upon a sign reading “Beware of Alligators, Do Not Feed”.  She brought LaKisha back to the van to be sure not to violate the “do not feed” rule.  She grabbed her iPhone and headed back to the pond.  She was excited, hoping to have her first sighting of an alligator in the wild.  And she was not disappointed.  The photo is a little small because she hung back in a further effort not to feed the alligators.

I think it seems ironic that we drove down the Florida Peninsula, across the Everglades, back up the other side of Florida, through Georgia and most of South Carolina, hoping to spot an alligator.  And when we finally spotted one it was from the Walmart parking lot.  C’est La Vie.

After that excitement we drove to a KOA at a place near Charleston called Mt. Pleasant.  A very nice park next to a lake.

Monday, March 19, 2012

I worked today while Lucy puttered and walked LaKisha. I don’t know if I mentioned that I have a niece in Charleston.  Maggy is the youngest daughter of my sister Brenda.  She is married to a very nice man named Stephen.  They have 3 great children, Noah, Parish, Anna Lee. (Maggy please forgive me if I spelled their names wrong)   Anna Lee saw LaKisha, and immediately renamed her Biscuit.  As much as we tried to tell her that she was LaKisha, see insisted her name was Biscuit.  So, henceforth she is LaKisha Marie Biscuit Childers. Parish showed me some amazing card tricks, and I ened up with a special deck of magic cards.  Stephen and Maggy own and operate a shop in Charleston called The Old Charleston Ghost Shop.  We had a very nice dinner, some adult beverages, and interesting conversation.  Lucy has been trying to get a really good piece of key lime pie ever since we got into Florida.  She had a few pieces along the way, but none of them quite measured up to her expectations.  Until tonight.  Maggy made a key lime pie and Lucy was in heaven.  She says it was by far the best she has had. Maggy, if you are reading this, thank you for helping to successfully end a month long obsession, I mean quest.   Someone had told Maggy that I like scotch and she went and bought a bottle of very nice 12 year old single malt.  Now it is common knowledge that you drink good scotch neat, (alone)  Ice is said to bruise it and worse yet dilute it.  Honestly I have tried it neat and it is just not right for me.  I like it cold and a bit diluted, so I use ice.   That is not a horrible sin if you drink cheap blended scotch, my usual.  But please do not tell my friend Bill that I bruised this 12 year old single malt with ice.  I will never hear the end of it.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Another work day.  I finished the project I have been working on, so we are free to explore Charleston tomorrow.  We rented a car because of our one experience driving the van downtown Old Charleston.  We were barely able to navigate the narrow streets and parking was out of the question.

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4 Responses to Walmart Alligators

  1. mike koslosky says:

    Harvey and Lucy, loved your reference to Walmart Arms. In my home town there was an apartment complex that someone named Venus de Milo Arms. They even had faux statuary of the goddess adorning the entrance! I don’t think many people in town ever saw the irony but I always appreciated the developers sense of humor.

    • Thanks Mike, we really look forward to the comments of our friends and family. It makes us feel less alone in this vast country we are exploring. We are in Virginia now and about to explore the Chesapeake bay area. I am excited. I have heard so much about the area.


      Sent from my iPad

  2. Darlene says:

    Lucy & Harvey,
    Sounds like you are having a great time! ! Did you get the recipe for the Key Lime Pie? ? I hope you continue to have a safe and fun trip!


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