Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The road less traveled!

We love to drive through the back roads of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina when we travel back to the mountains of North Carolina.

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You never know what you might see…

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and the pace is slower and less stressful than the interstate!

And the timing works out perfectly to have dinner at Whiteford’s in Clinton, SC. ( I was so hungry I forgot to take a photo!)

They have a ‘blue plate’ special and you can choose your meat and veggies. We ALWAYS get a piece of fried chicken and whatever sides we’re hungry for at the time. I had pinto beans and potato salad with my dinner.

I did take a photo of the Pecan Co. where we stop to get fresh shelled pecans!

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It was sad to see the terrible smoke in some parts of Georgia.

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I don’t know how these people can stay in their homes when the smoke is so dense…

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but some of the small towns did look almost deserted.

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This is the camera in Folkston, Ga. that I captured the photo of my hubby when he made this trip awhile back….

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see my posts HERE and HERE !

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Our hearts go out to all of those that are suffering! We only drove through a couple of spots….

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most of the trip was bright and sunny!

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Time to get on the interstate for the last leg of the trip….

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I see Mountains ahead….

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It’s wonderful to be back…

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and I’m feeling much better today!

Thanks for all of the sweet comments. I knew you would all know what ‘draggy’ feels like!

Are you making plans for the holiday weekend? We have company coming! YAY!!!

29 comments:

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

When we travel back and forth to Naples, Fl we tend to stay off the interstates as much as possible too...it looks like you have a pretty drive (except the smoky area!)
Hugs,
Penny

Cindy said...

Very pretty scenery. Glad you are feeling better!

laurie said...

that smoke is quite frightening,, in western canada they have a problem from bush fire smoke at the moment,, very scary,, lovely photos though, glad to hear you're better today

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love the back roads and the slower paced driving when I'm on a road trip. Glad you are home.

Della said...

A few years ago we had fires not too far away, and just the smoke that blew in from them was enough to keep us indoors. The smell alone is atrocious.

Your photos have me yearning for a road trip! Maybe a short drive to Georgia for some of those famous pecans ;)

So glad you're feeling better! It's no fun to be draggy. I guess you could say "it's a drag"! lol

Hugs!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

It's always fun to junk and thrift on the backroads. You never know what you're going to find!!! Glad you feel better today!!!

Flora said...

We love the roads less travelled. And that smoke. We had a town in Northern Alberta that was destroyed by a fire about a month a go..
Yumm Pecans...

missing moments said...

Mother Nature seems to be raging this year ...
Fun riding along with you on your drive! We're heading to the midwest to visit family and have fun!

Screaming Sardine said...

I'm so glad you're feeling much better today.

Have a Happy 4th, my friend.

Cheers,
Tracy Screaming Sardine

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Oh what beautiful views from the road.....it was really interesting to see the smoke close up and realize what the residents are going through! ~thanks~

Kaybe said...

It was raining here in SWFL today. Hopefully, it will keep coming for all of us. I bet it's going to be nice & cool up in the mountains.

Take good care,

Karen

GardenofDaisies (Gayle) said...

I love taking the "scenic route". So much more relaxing. You learn more about the countryside you are traveling through and are able to connect with the people who live there.
When we go on vacations, we have to have at least one purposeful stop along the way. The journey itself becomes part of the vacation, not just something to "get through."

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

There's no place like home, especially if it's the mountains. Our first glimpse on the interstate is always so exciting. The smoke in Georgia is so sad. It was also around Gainsville when we drove through a few weeks ago.
Sam

Faye said...

What a perfect Rx for feeling "Draggy"!! Love the slow pace of summer and I enjoy backroad trips too....I get that from my Mom, who always searched for the backroad route on maps to take us to our destination. Have fun :)

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What on earth is burning? Is it hot and dry there enough for wild fires? I think of those only happening to us out here in California..
Always such wonderful pictures...

Ms. Bake-it said...

I am so glad you are feeling better today.

What a gorgeous trip! I have not made that drive in quite a while and forgot just how pretty it is. After reading your recent posts, I am really getting antsy for a trip to NC!

~ Tracy

Tina said...

I'd prefer the back roads any day...so much more to see and we always find the best places to eat!
So sad about the fires. Everyone needs rain..hopefully they'll get some soon from the storms coming through Arkansas!

Kathleen said...

All the scenery looks just beautiful!

Donna said...

Hey, thanks for the car trip!

Porch Days said...

You must be glad to be out of the heat of Florida. I love those mountains! I'm from south Georgia and we used to visit family in the north Georgia mountains. My sister recently moved there from the Atlanta area. Wish I could visit. Nancy

koralee said...

What a pretty area of the country. The fires make me very sad.

xoxo

podso said...

nice views. We love a back road too. In fact my husband has a book on back roads of NC! Enjoy your time in the cool mountains!

Ruth Welter said...

Hi LD, thanks for the beautiful road tour...I'm with you, if you have the time and inclination, heading off to the back roads would be fun for a wile. I'm sure it does take some getting used to as far as the altitude adjustment...I'm sure your house will get all up and running in no time and you will be back on track. I hope you have the lovliest of holidays. Be safe..happy 4th.

Ruth

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Yes, all the wildfires across the country are so sad!
You sure live in a beautiful part of the country. So glad you took pictures to share. : )
Take care,
Mary Lou

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow, I've never seen smoke like that! I can't imagine it! I'll bet you're thrilled to be home~Have a wonderful 4th of July!!!
XO
Cindy

Sunny said...

The smoke makes me sad. Thanks for that trip down memory lane. I love that ride and we finally get to take it to Fla in a couple weeks. Im so excited because of your post!Im a new follower! xxoo

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

What's the deal with the smoke? Wildfires? Are they not getting any rain, because Alabama has had flash floods from all the rain and thunderstorms!

KimberlySue said...

So beautiful! I loved driving from PA down to Florida. There are so many amazing sights to see!

JKW said...

I love your get-a-way time. I just got back from NH visiting my girlfriend and Keepsake Quilting's big annual sale. Blessings, Janet