S: Our Honeymoon November 1990
FC: Our Honeymoon November 1990
1: Picking the time of year and destination for our honeymoon helped decide the day we would be married. We knew we wanted to go to a NASCAR race and we wanted to get married between November and March to avoid missing the local race season. It was decided to go to Atlanta for the race. Knowing how close we were to the east cost and our love of history we decided to extend our trip to Charleston SC, so I could see the ocean. It was a perfect choice for us, we loved every minute of our 10 days.
2: Our adventures started by traveling East. Neither Paul or I had been as far as Memphis before, so this was very exciting for us. | Waiting at a stoplight in Memphis we saw 2 men rolling away 2 tires. We locked our doors! Not the best part of town. | November 11th
3: Julie's turn to drive | A sign for Atlanta as we are entering Birmingham Alabama | We had never seen a fire lookout tour before. | The highway scenery in Alabama.
4: The city of Birmingham Alabama | We were excited to find they had gas stations down south called Racetrac. We thought it was great!
5: As we continue on past Birmingham we started to see signs for the International Motor Sports Hall of Fame located at Talladega Super Speedway. Of course it was a scheduled stop for our trip.
6: Driving up to the museum | We really liked the cars sitting out front
7: Going backwards down the race track. | Pit road | Some day I want to sit in those seats. | The tunnel | The first thing we did was take a van tour of the race track.
8: Paul's hero Bill Elliott | I don't agree | The family truckster! | A funny looking bike | The famous Mad Dog IV
9: THE DAVEY ALLISON PAGE! | Julie's favorite driver if you couldn't tell.
10: Hood smashing | I know there's a modified in here somewhere! | Famous race car drivers | Who is that? Is he even famous? | Right AND left?
11: Paul having fun! | Paul investigating a secret speed machine | Paul next to The "King" | Paul really likes that car number. But why?
12: Phil Parsons car after tangling with Darrell Waltrip at the Winston 500 May 1, 1983. The car barrel rolled | Michael Waltrips car. The worst crash I have ever seen on TV. Even his brother thought he was dead. Michal didn't have to climb out, he just stood up and WALKED AWAY!
14: Back on the road and going through Atlanta. We will be back here in a few days, need to get to the coast! | Back to the beautiful fall scenery in South Carolina.
15: We drove into Charleston SC mid morning of November 13, 1990 We checked into the hotel and decided to explore the heart of historic downtown Charleston. We did a lot of walking, it was a beautiful day. | CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA
16: Church with cemetery in downtown.
17: The clock on St. Michaels tower on Meeting Street says it is time for lunch.
18: We took our lunch to the waterfront walkway along the sea board to eat on the pier. Instead of gravel they use crushed seashell on the walk way. Seagulls were everywhere.
19: Walking around the Waterfront park after lunch.
20: U.S. Customs building
21: Walking along the sea wall. We stopped to take a picture with rainbow row on Battery St. in the background. | We made it to White Point Gardens at the peninsula of Charleston.
22: We thought the statue was funny because it looked like the child was kicking the bird. | Relaxing at White Point Gardens
23: Navel Memorial at White Point Gardens. A stone from each home state of everyone who perished is laid at the base of the monument.
24: Our day of walking included touring a couple of historic homes in Charleston, including the Edmondston-Alston House built in 1828
25: Relaxing in the garden of one of the home tours. We stopped to rest on the joggling board, it was fun.
26: On the pier after dinner at sunset. Paul found a ship getting ready to leave port so he patiently waited for it to leave.
27: On the pier at sunset Tuesday November 13, 1990 Charleston SC Paul's boat finally sailed.
28: Day 2 in Charleston we start our day with a trip to Ft. Sumter. A water taxi takes us to the man made island.
29: Ft. Sumter | mortar shell embedded in the wall | First shots of the civil war were fired from here | we saw a dark tunnel, or so we thought, we flashed our camera to see what it was, and it was a brick wall.
30: The highest ground at Ft. Sumter | Looking out at the city of Charleston | Come here Paul and join me. | Good boy! | Wednesday November 14th, 1990
31: The outer walls used to be 3 stories high. | The water taxi back to main land shows Rainbow row.
32: Patriots Point Navel Museum A self guided tour of navel ships including a destroyer, aircraft carrier, submarine, coast guard cutter and nuclear ship. One of the most fun and interesting tours we have ever done.
33: Julie in the hallway of the destroyer | Paul manning the gun | Notches on the gun
34: Paul taking my picture from way down on the dock | love | you
35: USS CLAMAGORE | Paul had a hard time fitting in the submarine
36: On the Nuclear ship | Julie waving at Paul | aircraft carrier Yorktown in the background | We did not spend much time on the nuclear ship, it spooked us both when we went inside.
37: USS YORKTOWN AIRCRAFT CARRIER | The tours are self guided and you are to follow the yellow dashes to stay on course. We some how at one point got off course and ended up in a part of the ship that was not part of the tour. We only got concerned when we were turning lights on to rooms. We did find our way back, and stayed on course after that. | Stairs, stairs, and more stairs!
38: Is this the last of the stairs? | After all the stairs we decided to take a break in the galley. | ships machine shop
39: Paul wants to go outside | PLEASE!
40: I can't believe I fell for that! | Taking in the sights on deck
41: After a long day of sight seeing it was nice to get back to our hotel room. We stayed at a place called Kings Courtyard Inn. A place with a 4 poster bed, and two large french windows looking out into a beautiful courtyard. Each night they came and turned our bed down and left chocolates on the pillows.
42: Drayton Hall Plantation. This was an architectural tour, Beautiful and very interesting. | The guard at the entrance to the property was an ancestor to a slave from the plantation.
43: Water well from front porch of house | I would make a wish, but it has already come true. | To the left is the alligator swamp. The drive up to the house, the raised circle was once adorned with flowers and bushes.
44: In the middle of the house was the circular servants stairs. | There are no nails in this house. They were not invented yet. Everything is molded or notched together. We don't know why there is brick in the door way. | The family emblem in the upstairs ballroom. Only one strip of gold edging remains. The house was raided during the civil war.
45: Looking at one side of the Grand Staircase. | The main staircase is made completley of mahogany. | Top of the double staircase. | Julie at the second floor balcony
46: Back door to the main house. | Servants entrance/kitchen | Servants quarters/kitchen fireplace | Pantry
47: The original 7 hole outhouse | Looking at the back yard to the river. | Enjoying the tour and each other.
48: Fort Moultrie on Sullivan Island | Fort Sumter in the back ground. | Bunker
49: Exploring the Fort. Cannons on wooden pivots for maneuvering.
50: My very first time on a beach! I fell in love with the sights and sounds. | Sullivans Island.
51: light house
52: On our last morning in Charleston, Paul convinced me to get up very early, before sunrise to go back to Sullivan Island and watch the sun come up on the beach. It was magical. | Waiting for the sun to rise we wrote in the sand.
53: Holding the key to my heart. ............
54: SIGHT SEEING FROM CHARLESTON TO ATLANTA
55: When we reached Atlanta our first night included a tour of the Coca Cola Museum and a dinner train ride to Stone Mountain. They had all their Christmas decorations up, each rail car was decorated differently, the dinner was wonderful. A very romantic night | Friday November 16, 1990
56: ARCA RACE AT ATLANTA MOTORSPEEDWAY
58: WINSTON CUP CARS COME OUT FOR PRACTICE AFTER THE ARCA RACE
59: LET'S GO!
60: SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18, 1990 NASCAR'S ATLANTA JOURNAL 500 FROM ATLANTA MOTORSPEEDWAY | PRE-RACE ACTION | Julie in our seats | Paul | we arrived at 7am
61: cars getting fuel
62: more pre-race action | Dale Earnhardt and Darrell Waltrip | Davey Allison in a sea of people | 91,000 people
63: start of the race
64: RACE ACTION
68: Getting close to the end of the race
69: The winner of the race #15 Morgan Shepard | Your NASCAR Winston Cup Champion for 1990 Dale Earnhardt | We were walking the track after the race and the winner Morgan Shepard was walking back to the pits. I had an old pit pass in my jacket and he signed it.
70: walking the race track | notice there is no fence around the track. All we had to do was hop over the wall | It's been a great time, but the sun is setting and it's time to go home. | LOVE YOU!!