Happy Easter to everyone out there!
I made it back home on Friday from my trip to Greenville, SC. I’ve got multiple pictures to share from my adventures. Let me just say that the weather in South Carolina was absolutely gorgeous! The perfect jeans and sweatshirt weather.
Day 1 – Tuesday, April 15
Tuesday started off with my early trip to the airport. Despite the weather being wonderful the entire week before (all the windows had been open, spent my free time sitting on the front porch, etc.) it was now, of all things, snowing! Perfect time to go to SC right?! My flight took me into Baltimore and onto Greenville. Both legs of the flight were extremely bumpy during the landing. Once on the ground at GSP, it started to pour. I took the shuttle van to the rental car office. I love being in the South, everyone is so friendly and its such a nice change of pace. I got my rental car and after a short talk with the rental car agents who were generous in passing on their local knowledge, was on my way. I headed into downtown Greenville and checked into my hotel. Luckily it stopped raining as I was getting downtown. After unpacking my bags I decided it was time to explore, I was starving though so I had to go shopping at Publix! I don’t know what it is but I really like to shop at Publix, we don’t have them up North. After attaining my mixed fruit, trail mix, and enough coffee to get me through the week I headed back to the hotel for my little snack since it was too close to supper for a full meal. I cannot sit idle for long and downtown was calling me… so out I went.
Main Street was incredible to see. There were trees lining the road, businesses nestled together along with a good variety of restaurants.
I hadn’t originally planned on walking all the way down to Falls Park on the Reedy River, but that’s where I ended up. This trip proved to be the perfect practice for my camera. Liberty Bridge is a unique pedestrian, suspension bridge crossing over the Reedy offering a bird’s eye view of the river below.
After I had my fill of the sights and sounds of the river I headed back up Main Street visiting the shops along the way. I picked up some awesome jerky at one of the stores and decided it was time to swing into Dark Corner Distillery for some Moonshine tasting! I have only had moonshine a few times so I was excited to try a different variety. The store was going to be closing in 20 minutes so I had to make it an efficient visit. I headed straight for the back to check out the distillery process. It smelt so good back there. I don’t even know how to describe it properly. I took some pictures of the process and went over for the $4 sampling of six different varieties of the shine (straight shine, peach, their Journeyman Reserve- peppery and sweet tasting, apple-maple, one made with a flower- can’t remember but it might have been hibiscus, and butterscotch). All of them were good, but I am already a fan of apple pie moonshine and their apple-maple is a different twist on the apple flavor with the maple undertones. Another cool thing about the sampling, you get to keep your shot glass! I ended up walking out of there with a bottle of the Apple-achain shine, a T-shirt, my coveted shot glass, and a slight buzz from the shine.
From there it was time for supper. I hadn’t had something substantial to eat since breakfast so I was as hungry as a horse. That means it was pizza time. I headed over to Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria for a sausage and cheese pizza. The pizza was good it was on a sourdough crust and there were definitely left-overs for later. By this time I was completely exhausted and made it back to the hotel to call it a night.
Day 2 – Wednesday, April 16
Wednesday started off with the free breakfast in the hotel and my customer visit. The visit went well and was pretty quick. Then it was the rush back to the hotel to start my next adventure. I had decided that I wanted to head up to Poinsett’s Bridge- the oldest bridge in South Carolina (built in 1820). This bridge used to serve as a state road between Greenville and Asheville. My phone was set to take me to it and I grabbed a quick bite to eat at Chick-Fil-A. The bridge was about 40 minutes away, but it was the perfect weather for a relaxing drive. As I was getting closer my phone kept losing my cell service, my data connection, and my GPS so I was just relying on street signs. Bad thing was, there wasn’t a sign by the bridge so I drove past it realizing it soon after and turned around. You have to park across the street, which wasn’t a big deal there weren’t any cars out on the road. I spent close to an hour walking around the bridge and the area nearby. Nobody was around and it was so nice to just be in nature away from everything. After I was done at the bridge I headed out along Scenic Highway through the Cherokee Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I made a pit stop at Aunt Sue’s Country Corner. There wasn’t too much there, I would have been disappointed if I had specifically made a trip up there. I drove for a while after that along the Scenic Highway and finally decided to head back towards Greenville. I probably spent around two hours just driving through the beautiful countryside. The only downside… it was still too early in the season to get boiled peanuts.
Day 3 – Thursday, April 17
I had a training class the majority of the day on Thursday. After the class I was able to head back to the hotel. I relaxed in the room for an hour and then hit the town again. I walked Main Street and decided on supper at Sticky Fingers. It was pretty good, I personally am not a fan of the Carolina tangy BBQ sauce and I generally stick with sweet BBQ sauces. Every Thursday night starting in spring there is a concert right downtown. I wanted to check that out while I was down there. The guy who was singing was alright not the best I’ve heard at a free concert. His songs were basically all the same with the same cadence and tones so I didn’t stay for too long.
I wandered up closer to my hotel and went across the street to the cemetery. Right when you entered the cemetery there were the graves for the unknown Confederate soldiers. Many trees and flowers were blooming and it was weird to see leaves on the majority of the trees this early. I always find cemeteries to be interesting places. They are so full of history and are all so peaceful. I soon headed back to the hotel to get some rest since I had another early flight.
Day 4 – Friday, April 18
Friday started out at 3:30 in the morning… I know the perfect time to start your day! This was just my day to travel home. I got everything packed, checked out, and was on my way to the airport. The skies were perfect for flying. I had a short hour layover in Chicago Midway before heading back home.
All-in-all this was a really good trip. The business side of it went really well and the adventures I had while down there were perfect.