We had a more leisurely start to the day. The group gathered for a final talk, and I gave a demonstration of Google Earth, showing where we had walked on Bull Island the previous day. After that, we headed to the penninsula for a trip to IMax and the SC Aquarium.
This route took us over the new Arthur Ravanel Bridge. It’s incredibly impressive, and clearly much larger and higher than the old Cooper River Bridges. However, one does not get the sense of dangling in mid-air as one did from the old bridges, especially the old two-lane Grace Bridge.. I think everyone in South Carolina has memories, mostly terrified, of driving or riding across that thing.
Our first stop was the IMax Theater. This was my first IMax experience, and it was quite impressive. We had cool 3D glasses, and it was fun watching the little kids grasp at the ephemeral images. I don’t remember the title of the show, but it had something to do with the ocean.
After the show, we stopped by the new Fort Sumter exhibit, which also serves as the starting point for tour boats to the fort. Nice exhibit.
The final stop of the day was the SC Aquarium. Having seen the Monterry Bay Aquarium, all others are compared to that standard. While the aquarium was nice, it didn’t come anywhere close to our California ideal. We saw all we needed to in about an hour. We were on our way home with plenty of time to relax in the evening.