Our destination was The Citadel.
The conference itself was one of the best I've attended. The Citadel community - the place and the people - were amazing.
Another Citadel landmark. The company that sells the famous Citadel class rings to graduates provides this giant replica each year. The giant ring sits at the main campus entrance. Yes, it really is huge.
Another famous Citadel sight - the red and white checkerboard square inside each barracks hall. Lots of hollerin' goes on in this area as "knobs" are initiated into the class system. I must have heard "Drop and give me 20" at least a couple dozen times. Notice the creed above the entry arch.
The discipline required of the cadets, along with The Citadel creed, makes events like the Corps Day parade possible.
Those Brindle Kids Mini-Me's enjoy the lawn at the Citadel just before the parade.
Can you find the Mini-Me's?
Since The Citadel is a public institution, it relies heavily on the financial support of alumni and other donors. Everything has a sponsorship attached to it. Buildings, programs, events, etc., are named for their benefactors. I thought this was funny: a very nice brass plate indicates Col. Richard L. Irby donated the funds for the Light Dimmer in 2008. This illustrates the Citadel's appreciation for every donation. It also indicates that the Citadel has a sense of humor.
The trip to South Carolina was professionally successful . . . and it was fun to share it with Those Brindle Kids Mini-Me's. They're resting up now. They can't wait to get on the road again!