At least one English person learned to boogie board at Sullivan’s Island. That would be Felix, Kate and Phil Shrewsday’s son.

We sat in a sandstorm, at the mouth of Charleston Harbor, and we watched Felix and Cayleigh ride waves, while pelicans fished in the background. Morris Island Lighthouse rode the surf in the distance, the eroded site of the movie “Glory.”

The Atlantic was bathwater. Silty and hot.

Maddie found shells. I hope they made it through customs.

After which we all decamped to Poe’s Tavern. Sandy. And salty. And starved.

To see our boogie boarding extravaganza, click here: Andra Watkins Tumblr

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TODAY’S MERIWETHER LEWIS BIRTHDAY MONTH TRIVIA QUESTION:

HOW OLD WAS MERIWETHER LEWIS WHEN HE DIED?

Yesterday’s Meriwether Lewis Birthday Month Trivia Question: DOES HISTORICAL PRECEDENT EXIST FOR CALLING MERIWETHER LEWIS ‘MERRY?’

ANSWER: YES. THE SPANISH OFTEN REFERRED TO HIM AS ‘MERRY WEATHER.’  Congratulations to Jim Stewart for knowing that little factoid.

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To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis is just $2.99 on Kindle during August in celebration of Meriwether Lewis’ Birthday Month.

Click here to read an excerpt.

Or click below to buy it.

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To check out the entire Meriwether Lewis Birthday Month Series, follow the links below:

Lewis and Clark: Screwing Their Way Across a Continent
Lewis and Clark and Sex Bombs
Who Was Meriwether Lewis Godfather?
If Meriwether Lewis Had Lived to be 80
Lewis and Clark and Old Blue Eyes
The Lion Will Lie Down With the Lamb
My Natchez Trace Walk Featured in We Proceeded On
Dead People Follow Me And They Talk To Me
Is Suicide the Final Arbiter of a Life. For Robin Williams. And Meriwether Lewis.
WordPress Is Killing Me
Fate’s Fickle Fingering
Happy Birthday Meriwether Lewis
I Just Can’t Come
Guardians of the Neighborhood
Did the Vikings Walk the Natchez Trace?
I’m an Idiot Who Doesn’t Do Details
Friendship Makes the World Go Around
The One Where the British Ate Frogmore Stew
Submit Your Favorite Walking Song. Or Road Trip Song.
The One Where We Took the British to War

 

It all started with Poe. Edgar Allan, to be exact.

We stood with the Shrewsdays at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island, a fort where American rebels first repelled the British Royal Navy at the start of the American Revolution. It was a crude sight. Crosshatched palmetto logs and sand.

But those logs were sponges to cannonballs. Fort Moultrie was impenetrable.

Throughout the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, Fort Moultrie endured. It stood ready during the War of 1812 and saw the first shots fired on Fort Sumter to launch the Civil War. Men bound for the European theater trained there in both World War I and World War II.

And, somewhere along the way, the place housed a writer whose dark thoughts sprayed across the page. His horror was visceral, his tales the antidote to sleep on a lonely night.

Edgar Allan Poe arrived at Fort Moultrie in 1827, listed as Edgar A Perry. He clerked at the fort and spent much of his free time wandering the beach. He said he was looking for conch shells, but I think he sought stories. Frightening tales buried in sea grass and pluff mud. His The Gold Bug was most definitely set there.

Though the fort changed with time, I still like to imagine a manic writer wandering the dunes, communing with the ghosts of the wind.

To see our pictures of Fort Moultrie, click here: Andra Watkins Tumblr

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TODAY’S MERIWETHER LEWIS BIRTHDAY MONTH TRIVIA QUESTION:

DOES HISTORICAL PRECEDENT EXIST FOR CALLING MERIWETHER LEWIS ‘MERRY?’

Yesterday’s Meriwether Lewis Birthday Month Trivia Question: MERIWETHER LEWIS IS KNOWN AS AMERICA’S FIRST ___________________?

ANSWER: SCIENTIST.

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To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis is just $2.99 on Kindle during August in celebration of Meriwether Lewis’ Birthday Month.

Click here to read an excerpt.

Or click below to buy it.

amazon.kindle

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To check out the entire Meriwether Lewis Birthday Month Series, follow the links below:

Lewis and Clark: Screwing Their Way Across a Continent
Lewis and Clark and Sex Bombs
Who Was Meriwether Lewis Godfather?
If Meriwether Lewis Had Lived to be 80
Lewis and Clark and Old Blue Eyes
The Lion Will Lie Down With the Lamb
My Natchez Trace Walk Featured in We Proceeded On
Dead People Follow Me And They Talk To Me
Is Suicide the Final Arbiter of a Life. For Robin Williams. And Meriwether Lewis.
WordPress Is Killing Me
Fate’s Fickle Fingering
Happy Birthday Meriwether Lewis
I Just Can’t Come
Guardians of the Neighborhood
Did the Vikings Walk the Natchez Trace?
I’m an Idiot Who Doesn’t Do Details
Friendship Makes the World Go Around
The One Where the British Ate Frogmore Stew
Submit Your Favorite Walking Song. Or Road Trip Song.

A quick post, Dear Reader. I’m almost to the end of my final memoir revision.

And I need your help.

What’s your favorite song with a variation of the word ‘walk’ in the title? Or maybe you love a song that features walking in the lyrics?

What about road trip songs? Do you have a favorite tune that signifies a long haul in the car?

Chapters in the memoir already make a rocking playlist. Maybe you’ll see your selected song in print. Leave your nomination with a link in a comment today. If I choose your song, I’ll mention you in the credits.

Thankyouverymuch.

(The Shrewsdays will return tomorrow. I’m not done with them.)

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TODAY’S MERIWETHER LEWIS BIRTHDAY MONTH TRIVIA QUESTION:

MERIWETHER LEWIS IS KNOWN AS AMERICA’S FIRST ___________________?

Yesterday’s Meriwether Lewis Birthday Month Trivia Question: SACAGAWEA HAD A BABY ON THE EXPEDITION. WHO ADOPTED HIM AND RAISED HIM AS THEIR OWN?

ANSWER: William Clark reared Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau as his own son. Congratulations to Jim Stewart for his spot-on answer!

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To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis is just $2.99 on Kindle during August in celebration of Meriwether Lewis’ Birthday Month.

Click here to read an excerpt.

Or click below to buy it.

amazon.kindle

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To check out the entire Meriwether Lewis Birthday Month Series, follow the links below:

Lewis and Clark: Screwing Their Way Across a Continent
Lewis and Clark and Sex Bombs
Who Was Meriwether Lewis Godfather?
If Meriwether Lewis Had Lived to be 80
Lewis and Clark and Old Blue Eyes
The Lion Will Lie Down With the Lamb
My Natchez Trace Walk Featured in We Proceeded On
Dead People Follow Me And They Talk To Me
Is Suicide the Final Arbiter of a Life. For Robin Williams. And Meriwether Lewis.
WordPress Is Killing Me
Fate’s Fickle Fingering
Happy Birthday Meriwether Lewis
I Just Can’t Come
Guardians of the Neighborhood
Did the Vikings Walk the Natchez Trace?
I’m an Idiot Who Doesn’t Do Details
Friendship Makes the World Go Around
The One Where the British Ate Frogmore Stew