Back Roads Nostalgia…..
I really enjoy getting off the main highways and exploring the back roads when I am traveling.
Thank goodness, the Captain likes it too!
There are so many more things to discover and see….rather than the mundane, familiar signs, touting the next food chain, gas station or hotel… that pop up every few miles along side of an interstate highway.
While these stops can be necessary while traveling, we like to plan ahead by making hotel reservations and making sure we have a full tank of gas before we depart our hotel city …well, it is the Captain who plans ahead,… that is part of his natural being, I believe! 😉
Perhaps that is the airplane captain in him! Prepared for anything!
I overheard the Captain on the phone making a hotel reservation for our recent anniversary trip and I had to chuckle to myself. He asked the reservation desk for a room overlooking the bay because his wife preferred waking up to the serenity of the water views.
Ahhhhh! Gosh! gee! how sweet!
Sorry, I kinda digressed a bit and I’m sure those who know me…know of my “fondness” for the Captain! 🙂
He still makes my heart go pitter-patter! 🙂 OK! Enough of that “stuff” and back to the back roads nostalgia!
We found the Carolina Cherry Company on one of our side trips and I fell in love with the nostalgia. Again!
Audible sigh here! 🙂
A restful respite in our busy, horn honking, road rage tangle of exits, ramps, cloverleafs and bumper to bumper traffic that we have all come to know in our day to day commutes and travels.
The General store, at one time, had been an old, two gas pump… filling station. AND had been spruced up a bit, but the southern flavor was still there.
The pumps had been removed and preserved and placed near the front doors of the building.
A few rocking chairs situated under the shade of the filling station canopy, invited one to sit for a spell and drink an RC cola from an old horse trough filled with ice and perhaps munch on a few peanuts which are boiled on the premises.
I was excited as we parked the car and explored like a pirate looking for treasures.
And treasures we found!
The store consisted of many bakers, makers and products from around the local area.
There was a picture and a short explanation of each contributor of their home made product made in their own kitchens.
We purchased peach jam from Rina’s Kitchen and I must tell you…it is deliciously fresh tasting. I can just close my eyes remembering my Grandma’s kitchen as she was making peach jams and jellies.
I just had to bring out my Blue Willow tea cups and blue gingham napkins.
I don’t know why…
It was just something I had to do!
OK, I could be a little weird. (or a lot weird) 🙂
And yes, we had to purchase an RC cola! Well, you can’t go to the South and not have a moon pie and RC!
We didn’t have the moon pie…but we did get a root beer too!
Progress is wonderful! And I do love all the inventions that make our lives easier…having said that, I still miss the simpler way of life.
If you have ever watched the CBS News Program called ” Sunday Mornings” (I believe that is the name of it)…
Anyway, if you have watched it you will know what I am talking about.
My favorite part of that hour program is the very last few minutes, where the narrator comments “we leave you this Sunday Morning with …..”
And he names the site that a cameraman has ventured to…. and filmed…..
For example: nature, animals, lakes, rivers or some nostalgic memory like snow falling in the mountains or icicles melting off a rustic cabin or wild horses on Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia.
The special part for me is that the beauty being shown is void of any narrative…just the sounds of natural nature noises.
So Peaceful and so calm!
I wish peace and calm for all of you this week!