Have you been out wandering lately?
Last post, I told you about some places I have discovered while following where my nose pointed. Even within the meager 100-mile radius from home I usually ride, there is an abundance of things to see. A few of these things merit greater coverage, but sometimes it is nice to be surprised by something unusual but not write a War and Peace-like documentary about its every detail. [No snide comments, please.]
Come again with me to see some more of these sights.
I found these markers along Bass Road down near Hartwell Georgia.
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
Deuteronomy 6:5You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Mark 12:31On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Matthew 22:40But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
King of KingsThese are neither in front of a church nor cemetery. Some great inspiration way out in the country. I stopped for a few minutes of quiet time there.
Lord of Lords
Jesus is Lord
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Remember that I told you about my love of player pianos? Well, this guy puts me to shame. He has a whole house and two story building full of them, with a couple of pipe organs thrown in for good measure.
This is a Steinway OR grand with a built in Duo-Art reproducing player action. It plays beautifully, and looks like it was just built, though it is somewhere around 88 years old. You can hear it here playing Flight of the Bumblebee (with a Boogie Woogie encore). Here is another song. Delightful music, this.
Hear it here.
You find the darnedest things when you are out riding! Link also made flight trainers during the 1930s through the early 1950s, also pneumatically operated. They were used to teach pilots how to fly by instrument.
Over in Central South Carolina is the Central Railway Model and Historical Association.
The actual Southern Railroad line runs just north of the museum. If you are a model railroader or are interested in full-size railroads, don't miss their newsletter page.
In nearby downtown Greenville, is the Reedy River. This man and his dog were having fun on a cool day in December three years ago. The dog had an insatiable appetite for retrieving the stick in the frigid water.
another photographer during warmer weather.
For all you baseball fans, the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum is also in Greenville near the baseball stadium, which, by the way, is modeled after Boston's Fenway Park. Jackson was a great baseball player, but was one of the White Sox accused of being influenced by sports bookies to throw the 1919 World Series.
There is a special place just off SC-11, the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway, called the Tamassee DAR School. The school was established in 1919 by the Daughters of the American Revolution, and serves our area children by providing education in a residential care and day care setting.
I rode through their campus recently and found this engaging bronze.
They were a couple active in supporting the DAR School: Angus Benjamin "Buddy" Hagins, Sr. and Barbara Mealing "'Bobbie" Hagins.
Looking Glass Falls can't be missed if you are riding in North Carolina just north (west on the road signs) of Brevard North Carolina on US-276. It is within a few yards of the road.
Also not far from the falls is the Cradle of Forestry, the birthplace of forest conservation in America. George W. Vanderbilt was interested in reforestation of abused and farmed over land that once ailed the landscape surrounding his Biltmore Estate. Vanderbilt hired Frederick Law Olmsted to oversee the design and construction of the gardens and grounds on the magnificent estate. Olmsted also helped design New York's Central Park.
Every year they hold the Forest Festival Day and John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet, a lumberjack competition that includes a Log Roll, Axe Throw, Pole Fell, Pole Climb, Cross Cut Saw, Single Buck, and other events.
This is a picture of the pole climb.
Just above Wildcat Branch Falls on SC-11 is this cross commemorating one David Paul Hrab, 42, of Greenville, who died February 16, 2007. He apparently had a checkered past that ended here.
And a perfect ending for our little tour, the end of a rainbow, leading right to my scooter's seat.
"I do set my [rain]bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which [is] between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that [is] upon the earth. " (Genesis 9:13-16, KJV)From BibleStudy.org.
Well, we have covered a lot more territory today during our wanderings. If you find other interesting little points of interest along your ride paths, let me know, so I might enjoy them too.