Monday, December 30, 2019

South Carolina Sites

 (Above:  Halftime at Mangiamo's Pizza on Hilton Head Island.  Click on any image to enlarge.)

Last month Steve and I had so much fun at Mangiamo's watching our beloved Ohio State Buckeye football team beating arch-rival Michigan that we decided to return for the semi-final national championship game against Clemson.  At halftime, we were still ahead.  The game was super exciting but didn't end as we'd hoped.  Nevertheless, it was a good time.

 (Above:  White Supremacist paid billboard in Jasper County.)

To get to Hilton Head, we drove on a couple back roads ... including route 462 (also known as the Coosaw Scenic Drive) through Jasper County ... where we saw this hideous billboard at the intersection of Bees Creek Road.  Apparently, there had been an earlier sign in this location that depicted a confederate flag with the words "Never Forget".  It was torched soon after democratic state Senator Clementa Pinckney was murdered on July 17, 2015 along with eight other members of Emanuel AME Church by white supremacist Dylann Roof.  Senator Pinckney was from this area.  He went to high school just ten miles away.  Unfortunately, this sign replaced the earlier one.  Steve and I were utterly shocked and totally offended.

 (Above:  The UFO Welcome Center in Bowman, South Carolina.)

Thankfully, there are other sights on South Carolina's back roads that are absolutely great.  We stopped at Jody Pendarvis' UFO Welcome Center in Bowman.  The lower space ship was started in 1994 and once had an entrance ramp that was raised and lowered by a motor. On-line tourist information sources claimed that the interior had a bed, toilet, shower, and a working television and air-conditioner ... but we aren't sure any of these things are still being maintained. 

I absolutely adore outsider art and had no problem immediately entering at my own risk.

To me, it didn't matter that the artist wasn't around or that the interior looked as if ransacked.  I went inside right away.

Steve was much more hesitant.  He told me not to go further ... but of course I did!

 This might be the location of the former "bed room".  I'm not sure ... but there was a ladder nearby.

Of course I went straight up the ladder.  In the meantime, Steve followed me ...

... but he didn't climb the second ladder into the upper space ship.  I had the place to myself ... all the wonderful Pyrex pie pan windows, the amazing assortment of electrical wires attached to various circuit breakers, and cobbled together strips of the wooden roof. 

I even shot a short video from this location and posted it HERE to You Tube. 

1 comment:

Ann Scott said...

Well, that is some place and I think you two were brave to have ventured in. Sorry about the game outcome and especially that sign.