Saturday, May 15, 2010

Spring Vacation 2010 Part 2

As we mentioned in our previous post, we took off a week and headed to Pickens, SC. As the cards on the cameras get full of photographs, we transfer them to a laptop. Unfortunately we had an issue with the hotel's wireless network on Saturday night when the laptop recognized a threat and shut itself down. Not wanting to take any chances, we waited until Dr. J could give us the all clear to again use the laptop and access the photos. All together we will publish four issues of our vacation photographs.

Today's post will cover the drive to Pickens on Wednesday, 5 May 2010 and our sightseeing trip to Greenville, SC on Thursday. Our route takes us along Route 219 south to Route 79 to West Virginia, Routes 19 and 77 through West Virginia and into Virginia, then Route 81 past Bristol, TN and Route 26 through North Carolina and smaller routes into South Carolina.

Getting the van packed up at 6 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

Farm along Route 219 near Salisbury, Pennsylvania.

I don't know what this building is but it looks like some kind of space portal to me.

There are so many things that will keep you entertained on a long road trip south. Here a local has a greeting for everyone driving along on the interstate.

We passed at least 20 of these Calgary cross displays along the roads on our trip throughout the south.

The Mountain Empire Airport serves the southwestern area of Virginia.

I got this shot when we stopped to get a map at the Unicoi County, TN welcome center at the southern point of Tennessee along Route 26.

Looking at Frog Pond Road going downhill on Route 77 in North Carolina.

Arriving in Pickens, SC around 5 p.m.

Thursday morning after spending the night in a hotel in Easley we drove back to Pickens to pickup our daughter and then headed out to Greenville, SC.

This little farm is along Shady Grove Road on the way to the Youth Learning Institute in Pickens, SC.

Once the horses realized there was someone nearby they came up to the fence to pose for me!

By following the directions from Pickens to Greenville using the GPS we had to go back through Easley. The drive took us down the main street in the old town section of Easley which we hadn't visited before. The railroad tracks run right through the town and I got this shot of an old engine on a siding. This engine once belonged to Laurinburg & Southern Railroad.

Once in Greenville we went to visit the Falls Park on the Reedy. There we spent several hours exploring the falls and the surrounding neighborhood.

Liberty Bridge as seen from the lower falls area.

Greenville's Main Street is just on the other side of the buildings in this shot. After we left the falls area we went up to Main Street in Greenville's revitalized Historic West End where there are many shops and restaurants.

Old advertisement on the River Street side of the Greenville Army Store at River and Main Streets.

Across the street from the above shot is a lot where an old building has been demolished. This advertisment for an art exhibition is on the wall of the adjoining building.

As the next two photographs demonstrate the art galleries and shops along Main Street are eclectic, to say the least.

As seen in the next two shots, the view of the main falls is slightly different from Liberty Bridge, a suspension bridge which is accessible from the Main Street entrance as well as via paths through the park.

This statue of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson is at the Shoeless Joe Plaza, which lies at the corner of Augusta Street and the 600 block of Main Street.

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