Carolyn ordered an amazing breakfast from Troy’s Diner. Scrambled eggs fresh from Buddy’s chickens, bacon, hash browns, and wheat toast. Needless to say, this sustained her appetite for a while; at least until lunch.
Brenna playing with Josiah after dinner on the porch. Josiah provided lots of entertainment with his “talking”. “Bah, bah, bah.”
There wasn’t a storm rolling in, but this very strange cloud was moving slowly over the peak of Mount Mitchell. It seems completely normal on a dreary and stormy day, but a beautiful, sunny day like we had today? Very weird, but very cool!
Pete’s was a pretty popular lunch spot. This all American diner served your standard greasy burgers and dogs, but also sandwiches, salads, and soups. The service was pretty expedient for how buys the place was. The food was good and the atmosphere was lively.
Ant’s club sandwich and fries from Como’s Pete’s No. 4 for lunch. It seems Ant also received one rogue onion ring on his plate as well; guess they were not as rogue as we thought.
The sun, sitting directly behind a large cloud over Lake Murray. The light poking through the cloud creates an ominous looking scene. The boat beneath may or may not be sucked into a worm hole.
A lion and lioness stay in the shade and out of the hot sun at the Riverbanks Zoo. These guys stared directly at us as we stared back at them. We were comforted by the fact that there was a large moat and wall between us.
A group of Ring-Tailed Lemurs at the Riverbanks Zoo. You can distinguish these lemurs by the white and black rings around their tails.
The ‘Avenue of Oaks’ at Boone Hall Plantation. These excellent species of live oaks draped in Spanish moss were planted in 1743. Over 200 years of growth has created this beautiful archway of limbs.
Freg, Sammi, Ant, and Carolyn attempt a ‘Blue Steel’ face… ATTEMPT. It is clear that while we are all ridiculously good looking we are NOT models and do not possess posing skills.
Ant gulping down his frozen Texas Margarita. After spending the afternoon lounging by the pool in the Georgia heat this was a refreshing way to start dinner.
Celia shows off her red velvet owl cupcakes that were passed around after dinner. We were invited to join some new friends for dinner after meeting them at the Terrapin Brewery. Happy Birthday to you Celia and thank you for the cupcakes.
Freg is laughing and having a good time playing cornhole with our new friends at the Terrapin Brewing Company. A wild shot has spectators in dispute on a call.
a silverback gorilla glances at me as I bring the camera up for a photograph at the Memphis Zoo in Memphis, TN
A Pelican guards the boats
Fields with hay rolls drying out in the fields. You can spot the farmhouse in the background, just before the mountains. This was a common site along Western North Carolina.
Freg ordered a chopped salad for lunch from Ted’s Famous Kickin’ Chicken. Freg’s massive salad ended up being too much food for him, so he had to pack up about half. The salad included chopped chicken, tomatoes, cheese, croutons, bacon, and somewhere under there lettuce.
Fried, cheesy jalapeno poppers from Famous Ted’s Kickin’ Chicken started out lunch off. These guys were delicious, however, when we first bit into them extremely hot melted cheddar cheese almost burned your tongue off.
The awesome dive that is Ted’s Famous. We all enjoyed our lunch and the ambiance from Ted’s this afternoon. Neat little spot.
A beautifully dilapidated church where nature seems to be winning out. The brick and the worn entrance give this church some character.
The rocks around the base of Pilot Mountain have been worn smooth and almost look like ripples of water.
A large reptile friend scampering about this morning. The lizard’s camouflage really helps blend him into the tree.
We decided Pilot Mountain looks like a big button that someone needs to push. A nice little day hike around the base of Pilot started off our morning.
A view from an overlook at Pilot Mountain. It was neat looking down and seeing farm property cut out of all the trees.
Andy Griffith’s house in Mayberry. Oh wait, nope. This was the home in Mt. Airy that was filmed and was Andy’s house in the show.
The fencing outside of an old vegetable garden. The wooden posts are sharpened on one end to keep the critters out.
Beautiful slats of grey weathered wood on an old cabin at Stone Mountain. This building was part of the Hutchinson Homestead exhibit.
This 600 ft. granite dome forms Stone Mountain that is the centerpiece of Stone Mountain State Park, NC.
A more intimate perspective of the 600 ft. granite dome of Stone Mountain State Park, NC.
A view from an overlook off the Blue Ridge Parkway. From here you can see quite a few farms nestled into the rolling hills.