Monthly Archive for April, 2009

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Midnight Visitor…

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We heard an odd noise out back tonight- When Jan went out to investigate, she found this opossum on the back porch crawling around on our grill. What an ugly little bugger… He really didn’t seem to care that we were looking at him, although I wasn’t real fond of the idea of getting any closer to him- I hear they can be pretty mean.

Reedy River Falls…

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Reedy River Falls in the heart of downtown Greenville’s historic west end.
I love the fact there is such a beautiful and peaceful park downtown.
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Finding happiness…

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DSC_8726I’ll never forget my first trip to the coast of Oregon. (three years ago today) I went to visit my good friends Sue and Myra. They had recently moved to Brookings, OR, and wanted to share their little piece of paradise with me. When I got there I couldn’t believe how the coast was so rugged and amazing! While I was up there on the cliff photographing the ocean, I found such an inner peace and happiness. I was having the time of my life. I saw so many beautiful places, and took more photos than any one person should ever take in such a short amount of time… Even with all that I saw and did, I have to say hands down, the best part of my trip to Oregon was meeting Jan… She has become such an important part of my life- and without getting to sappy in front of the internet world, I just wanted to say, my chance encounter with Jan in Oregon, was a pivotal moment in my life, that brought me true happiness! I am so grateful to have her to share adventures!

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"Where the mountains rise in beauty"

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Jan & I pass by this monument quite frequently, as it’s a part of our regular route into Greer. Neither of us knew what the monument was for, so we finally decided to stop the other day and check it out! You can find more information about Mountain View High School here.

“Mountain View School
Organized 1911
“Where the mountains rise in beauty” The grand old Mountain View State High School stood on this spot. From 1924 to 1954 some 2000 students passed through her doors. This memorial was erected in 1996 by the Mountain View Alumni Association to preserve the memories and heritage of the school and its students.”
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Ballenger’s Mill & Covered Bridge…

Another day, another ride, another beautiful destination: Ballenger’s Mill & Covered Bridge

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Ballenger’s Mill was originally built by Lewis H Dickey (the areas largest landowner) in the 1820’s and has since been restored to todays condition. For years after the Civil War it was named “L. Green’s Mill” but was renamed in the 1860’s after it was purchased by J.L. Ballenger. The grounds are privately owned and currently host weddings and gatherings of all sizes. The truly awesome part of the day was driving down a fairly average road, turning onto Old Ballenger Mill Road, and out of nowhere this beautiful sight was in front of us. Jan has lived in this area her whole life and never knew this place was here. It was quite breath taking!


Also on the grounds is Ballenger’s Covered Bridge. I’m unsure of when the bridge was built- it’s just labeled as a bridge of the 20th century. It crosses the south prong of the Middle Tyger River. The area of the river directly before the bridge is a county road that still fords the river (you can see where the road emerges from the river on the right side of the bridge) just as settlers in the area did in the mid-18th century. Jan was brave enough to ride through the river on the trike… I on the other hand was chicken and crossed on foot using the bridge .

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The mill is on the other side of the bridge… the photo of the mill was taken from inside of the bridge. (just as a reference)

1820…

I was sitting here thinking about Poinsett Bridge- looking at the image of it, and amazed at the fact it was built in 1820… my homestate of Nebraska wasn’t even admitted into the United States until 1867, forty-seven years AFTER this bridge was built! Awesome!

Here is a little list of a few other things that happened that year.

  • Missouri Compromise passes, allowing slavery in Missouri.
  • Maine admitted as 23rd state.
  • Tomato is proven non-poisonous.
  • Spain sells part of Florida to U.S. for $5 million
  • James Monroe elected 5th U.S. president
  • Antarctica discovered by U.S. Navy Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer
  • Missouri imposes a $1 bachelor tax on unmarried men between 21 and 50.
  • Stephen Long of the Corps of Engineers leads an expedition across Kansas to the Rocky Mountains, where a member of his party, Dr. Edwin James, scales Pikes Peak.
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Poinsett Bridge…

Jan and I went for another little ride- todays destination: Poinsett Bridge in Upstate SC

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Poinsett Bridge, (which is believed to be the oldest standing bridge in South Carolina), is an arched stone bridge built in 1820. It was named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, (the poinsettia flower was also named after him) and was part of the State Road which stretched from Charleston, SC to Saluda Mountain, NC. You can see the bridge and the State Road are no longer used, but is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The stone bridge spans the Little Gap Creek and “sports” a 14-foot Gothic arch .

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