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’07 Mar: So Carolina, Virginia, and DC
To Kat and Steve’s mansion(!), Ann’s Poppa’s home, and a quick stop in Washington DC in the Snow.
March 3 and 4
After Marsha left from Charleston, Ann and I began our short journey to her friends Kat and Steve’s home in South Carolina. Of course, we Needed to search out a full-on honest-to-goodness South Carolina BBQ lunch. YUMMM.
This place is open only Fri-Sat-Sun. Notice the folding conference tables. Notice the buffet line up. We were Happy!
From Kat: “the bbq place you ate in Orangeburg is Earl Dukes world famous and you did eat at the best one cause there are 4 or 5 Earl Dukes there.”
Coming on to spend a lively afternoon and evening with Kat and Steve, this was our view as we turned into a half hidden road. Meet the Aeolian Hill Farm.
Kat inherited this plantation Big House and hundreds of acres of cotton fields and out buildings from her Great Aunt around 1981 I think, when Kat was in her early 30s. Is that something or what!?
For many years Kat hosted group events here and one of the groups, a Native American women’s group, built this circle of stones each stone having a particular meaning.
From Kat: “the Medicine Wheel was built by the Bear Medicine Tribe (started by Sun Bear from California and based on loving Mother Earth and taking care of Her.)
“The center stone represents the Creator and each stone represents an attribute such as Clarity, Wisdom Playfulness, Love, Moon, Illumination, Experience, Sun, Growth, Renewal, etc. Sun Bear has written many books and had a vision of building these wheel all over for people to “walk and meditate”.”
Ann calls her dad ‘Poppa’. On the porch of Poppa’s house is Poppa’s girlfriend(!), a lovely woman who invited us to her home, fixed us dinner, and entertained us for hours.
Also pictured are some neighbors who were out walking their dogs. One of the dogs is a Katrina rescue and she’s still quite skittish.
Ann’s natal town hasn’t grown too much in population but it has transformed itself into a tourist mecca, being so close to both Monticello and Montpelier. There are even a couple of first class restaurants. Ann reports that back in her day the Dairy Queen was the hot spot in town and these chic-chic spots were the dry cleaners and the shoe repair shop.
a part of March 5 and 6
I sat on that chair facing the bird feeder you see in the distance and took these pictures. Wow! Ann’s father told me all the names a dozen times but I’m not going to try and remember (what a disaster that would be) but rather wait until I get the real names.
I’ll add a few more tomorrow. OOPS Now tomorrow has turned into tomorrow’s tomorrow…I’m SOO behind!
The WASPs flew all the planes that came off the production lines before they were delivered to the fighters. They were ‘the first women in history to fly American military aircraft.’
Not surprisingly, they were disbanded as soon as the war was over and it was a good long time before women flew for the military again.
Not wanting to spend a weeks worth of accommodation money in NZ for one night in DC, I stayed out in the ‘burbs, then commuted in for a quick one hour of sightseeing before I had to go to the airport.
It was about 8:30AM here, about 18 degrees. But the sky was blue and there was no wind. So that was good.
Here’s my main reason for this extension, to see the WWII memorial for the first time. It is positioned about more to the Washington end and it’s big.
This is one side, the Atlantic, and if I shot to my left you’d see the same exact configuration for the Pacific. The pillars have the names of states on them.