Seven State High Point Road Trip, part 1

Superman has this list of things he needs to do….No, not cleaning out the garage, that’s on my list of things for him to do. One of the things on his list is to go to the highest point in every state in the country. He has done over half of the high points so far. It is quite the task to not only climb to the top, but to actually make the plans to get to each of the states. Now some of them are just drive ups or just a place in someone’s backyard, but many are require hours or even days of hiking. Superman came up with the idea to do a little road trip. We would hit seven states in four days in order for him to check off the northern states. Was I up for it? Yeah! Sign me up!

Day 1. So we hopped on a plane and flew from South Carolina to Burlington, Vermont. Rented a car and drove an hour and half to Stowe, VT to hike Mount Mansfield.

Can I just say here, that Superman and I live in a conservative, button down, sorta preppy little town in the south and we landed in the land of granola? Don’t get me wrong! Vermont is a gorgeous state and people are lovely, I just felt a little out of place. We began the first of seven hikes for this trip, Mt. Mansfield. It was a crisp day and of course I didn’t pack very well. The temperature was about 30 degrees below what I had left first thing that morning in SC. In the parking lot I pulled on some hiking pants that were too small, so they crawled in all sorts of uncomfortable places. Superman did all he could to not laugh at my situation. He claims if I had “proper” hiking pants this wouldn’t be a problem. I say that if I hadn’t gained all this weight I wouldn’t have to be writing this at all!

Oh Look! There’s the summit!

As we reach the top, we see that, nope, it’s just a false summit. Hike on.Oh I see it! There it is! Just kidding. Another false summit. (Superman thinks this is hilarious.) Hike on.Finally, after steep climb we made it to the summit.We grab a bite to eat, get a sip of water and enjoy the view, but we have to get down and on to the next state!Hey, did I show you the itinerary Superman wrote up for this trip? This is why I don’t get too worried about what the plans are, because he thinks of everything! Now, what he didn’t plan for was a tour of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory! (And I haven’t figured out how not to take blurry selfies.) This little side stop was worth every lick of goodness, but it did get us off schedule.This way to Lake Placid ,New York. Unfortunately, the drive took a wee bit longer than we expected, so we arrived at the lodge late at night. We walked into the Adirondack Loj (Yes, that’s how you spell it) to a warm fire in the fireplace and this sweet group of people gathered around the piano singing. There were others who were reading and a few playing a game of cards. After a long day of plane rides, car driving and mountain hiking, and cold rainy weather, this lodge felt wonderful. We drag our bags upstairs to our room and try to figure it all out. First off, the guys bathroom is upstairs and the girls is downstairs, which isn’t as bad as you would think. Some rooms have single beds, others a couple of twins and a couple have multiple bunk beds. Luckily we got the one bed option. I’m all about singing around the fire and having a communal bathroom, but I’d really rather share a bedroom with family. The walls are thin, so if your neighbor is a snorer, please feel free to grab some earplugs downstairs.Day 2. After a hot breakfast, Superman started his 15 mile, 3500 foot climb to the top of Mt. Marcy in the cold rain. I, on the other hand, sat with my feet up in front of the warm fire reading a book. Superman made it clear before we left SC, that I could stay in the lodge and not have to do this baby. Yup! It’s on the schedule!😊I had a lovely day reading, drawing, reading, drinking hot tea, reading, checking out this gorgeous lake and reading until Superman got back in the afternoon. No rest for the weary, We had to get a move on. We had more states to see. We drove as far as we could before Superman just had enough for one day. Day 3. Early the next morning, we hopped in the car and drove a couple of hours to High Point, New Jersey. This fortunately was a drive up, literally we drove right up to this monument. Next stop…Philadelphia. Superman planned a quick visit here to see Independence Hall and the Revolutionary Museum.I had never been to Philly before, so I am so glad we stopped. Especially in this day of our country it’s good to hear the truth about how our country was brought to be.Can’t go to Philly without having a Real Philly CheeseSteak sandwich. Being from South Cackalacky, I didn’t realize there was a difference in CheeseWiz. Did you? In my part of the world, cheese wiz comes in a neon orange kind of hew. Here in Philly it is white! Now if I had known that! Needless to say it was delish without the melty goodness. It’s been fun Philly, but we’ve got to get to Delaware!I know it doesn’t look that far, and you’re right! It was only about an hour away. Here is Superman at the high point of Delaware, Ebright Azimuth looking quite pensive. This was an easy one to mark off the list. The hardest part was when we drove past it and had to turn around and park in some neighborhood. Ok, check✔️Now on to Washington D.C. Let me remind you that this is only day 3. Old Mar here has a bag of caramel popcorn and the google maps in my hand, so we were good to go. I am an awesome navigator if I say so myself. 😉

We arrived in DC, quickly dropped our bags in the hotel and got to walking. If you have been on a trip with Superman, you know there will be walking or hiking involved. Well, here we were in DC, one of his favorite cities, so we started walking.I think this is where we say goodbye until tomorrow. Part II of this adventure continues. Oh, we aren’t done yet folks!

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Fleas and Bees

What do you say to a friend that comes up to you after church grinning like a possum, asking if you want to go to the Pickens County Flea Market? YES! Of course!So here we are….at the Pickens County Flea Market, which by the way is only open on Wednesdays. We wondered "Why Wednesday's?" Well, from what we gathered it is such a special place, that you can park your RV right there and start looking at 5:30 AM! We think, those early risers are actually buying stuff for themselves to sell at their own table at a Saturday morning Flea Market.We pulled up around 10:00 in the morning and were astounded at the number of buildings, cars and people there were! Oh My! Now let me just clarify something here….this is not the HGTV Flea Market where there are tables of antiques ready for beautiful transformations and booths with amazing artisans. The majority of the tables were selling socks, soaps, crap and more crap. Unless of course salt and pepper shakers held by various animals is your thing.For you wine connoisseurs out there, I found a bottle cover. The tag says it is a vintage crochet poodle cover that could be yours for only $2! I do have to say, this vender has the right idea with his groupings of items.Now if during your shopping experience you needed a little snack, this guy picking his teeth sells The Best Boiled Peanuts amongst the onions, deodorant and Tylenol. His lighted candle helped with the whole ambiance that was happening here.All joking aside, there was some cool stuff happening, like these musicians who just gather to pick and sing. I wish I had been able to talk to some of the old timers. I bet this is the highlight of their week, to come here and make music.I really wanted a picture of this guy in the overalls playing the…barrel bass(?) But the doofus in the red shirt kept moving in my way! At first I didn't know if he was like the overall guy's guard or something, but no he was just a doofus. I guess I could have asked him to move, but I thought I was obvious.Need some beads? Oh my goodness! Angie found herself quite a beauty! And Charlie found some great deals on art supplies. Honestly, for non-perishables, there were some deals. I bought several sewing machine needles for cheap.And there were some gems among the weeds. There were several colorful produce stands which looked delicious.As crazy as these roosters may look to some of you, I actually have one 4 times bigger in my yard. Hmm…maybe this Flea Market is more in line with my tastes than I first thought.Out of the hundreds and hundreds of tables, I think we saw maybe 5 or six that had handcrafted items. I think these cutting boards are beautiful.I spied this artisan and had to look. She was such a delight to talk to. As I was admiring her jewelry, she said "I think you and I could be friends." Yeah I think we could. She appreciated me taking the time to ask about her craft. I fell in love with these earrings. She crafted every part of them with her hands. She is not in the right market place. She is not getting the proper recognition selling between the sock man and Miss 2005 Belk ornament lady.As the Flea Market was coming to a close, venders started packing their vans around noon, and we were starting to get a bit hungry. Yoder's Concessions was open for lunch. We could get a hotdog and eat it at a folding table in the 110 degree heat….or not.

Angie, Charlie and I decided that we needed to go to the big town of Pickens and have lunch. But FIRST, we had to drive around the corner and up the road a short bit to see this fabulous young man Zane! This is Angie's son who is working as a camp counselor-activities guide for the Clemson camps in upper state SC. I know exactly how it feels to see your sweet boy after time away…YAY!! We gave him our best loving (embarrassing) hello. We rolled our windows down and hung out the windows waving and yelling "Zanie!!!" Ok, so maybe that was just me, but we were all glad to see him.The next surprise stop was at a bee supply store. We had no idea one was on the way to the Flea Market, so we had to stop in for a look-see. We are standing in front of an educational viewing box full of bees. This store, The Bee Well Honey Farm, partners with schools by putting in these types of hives in schools to educate children of the importance of honey bees.It was fun sharing my new love of beekeeping with friends. I was able to ask a bunch of questions and chat with the owner and purchased some needed supplies. Angie, Charlie and I all decided that we could check the Pickens County Flea Market off our bucket list. But sharing a fun, laugh filled day with these girls will happen again. We are all up for the next adventure.

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