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Toys For Tots Charleston Harbor Cruise

Posted on 1 Dec 2014
Category: Family Entertainment
Author: Steve Vail


Great Times For The Whole Family

Arthur Ravenel BridgeYou could not have asked for better weather. There was a little chill in the air at 9:45 Saturday Morning, as we awaited the arrival of the SpiritLine Harbor Cruise ship.   Several others were there as well, with at least one gift in hand; that was the admission to board the ship.   It was especially heart=warming to see how many kids were there, excited to donate their gift to "Toys For Tots". Representatives from the US Marine Corps, SpiritLine Cruises, and Rob Fowler representing WCBD TV 2 were there to help promote and sponsor the event. Everything was as close to perfect as it could possibly have been; clear blue Skies, median temperatures, and the water in the Harbor were just right for the occasion.   We've decided to make this outing one of our annual family holiday traditions.

Spectacular Sites in The Charleston Harbor

Morris Island Lighthouse Over the years, I've been on more than just a few Charleston harbor cruises, but I've never seen the number of Dolphins that I saw on this one. For a while there was an adult with a younger dolphin that swam alongside the ship. I took quite a few pictures and some video. The cruise allowed us the opportunity to view some of the more notable icons of Charleston Harbor: Castle Pinckney, Charleston's Waterfront Park, The Battery, Fort Johnson, the Morris Island Lighthouse, Fort Sumter, the Sullivan's Island Lighthouse, Fort Moultrie, The Inner Coastal Waterway,Picket Park and the Pitt Street Bridge, Johns Island, Sullivan's Island, Part of Mount Pleasant's Old Village, Shem Creek, The USS Yorktown at Patriots Point, The Arthur Ravenel Bridge (AKA Cooper River Bridge), The pier at Mount Pleasant's Waterfront Memorial Park, and the SC Port. Also, the view of the Charleston peninsula from the cruise ship on the harbor is like no other.

Putting It All Together

Over the past few years, I've been experimenting with and teaching myself: web-design, photography, and video editing. The learning curve has been... a challenge to say the least. This harbor cruise was the perfect occasion for me to put my photography and video making skills to the test. That being said, the photos and video clips in the video below are all from the Toys for Tots Charleston Harbor Cruise of 29 Nov 2014. It was a lot of fun putting it together.   I truly hope you enjoy it.