Friday, November 10, 2017

Watson Mill Bridge State Park

By Laurie Bower Epps

Sorry I took a week off to plan entries for the holidays. I really hope you'll be inspired. This outing, my youngest and I set out for my home state of Georgia. To give you a little geography of my area, we're actually closer to the Northern Georgia than most of our own state. In my Georgia tourism brochures, I just felt inspired by this old bridge. Though excruciating, I did wait for the fall to see it in its grandest light.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Out in the Woods at Oconee Station

By Laurie Bower Epps

My favorite part of American History is the Revolutionary War, and just afterwards. Partially this is due to my hobby of genealogy. I discovered that I've got ancestors on both sides of the war, and usually brothers. Although I admit, my father's family leans more strongly towards the Tory side of the war. 

For 28 years of my life, I lived out in California on the other coast. Now that I'm back in one of the original 13 colonies, I'm determined to uncover as much Revolutionary War History as possible. In fact, coming in August 2018, there will be an entire month of early colonial sites from Virginia. So please bear with me. For now, sit back and enjoy a beautiful autumn day with my friend Darlene and my youngest daughter Chloe.

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Hauntingly Beautiful Robert Mills House

By Laurie Bower Epps

As many of you know, I'm also a Girl Scout leader. So when a Cemetery Hunt was in the statewide magazine as an outing with the girls, I couldn't resist. But as many a blogger will tell you, things didn't go as smoothly as they could've gone. Columbia, South Carolina is roughly two hours away and coupled with some really bad traffic due to construction and a car accident, we arrived roughly ten minutes late. Alas, the tour had already left, and we spent the bulk of our day trying to track them down. When we did finally find the
m, the tour was about to conclude, and there seemed no point to me to continue on anyway. When my daughter came to me whining from wearing the flip-flops I told her not to wear, and hungry, we set off on an adventure all our own.

Since I noticed that our starting point had my creative juices flowing, I decided to head back there and get a few pictures for all of you. Of course, we found out the last tour had also already left, and we decided to take advantage of the fact the grounds were still available for a couple more hours.

Friday, October 13, 2017

BMW and the Bobbysoxer

By Laurie Bower Epps

Settled by the I-85 Freeway in Spartanburg County, the BMW Zentrum is nestled roughly 2 exits north of the Greenville & Spartanburg airport. BMW has created a lot of jobs for folks here in the Upstate of SC. Their productivity is unparalleled with 1400 cars produced daily at this local plant. Having all daughters and not being mechanically inclined myself, I was surprised when my youngest asked to come and look at the "neat" luxury cars. So this blog in particular is her moment to shine.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Walnut Grove Plantation (SC)

By Laurie Bower Epps

When my middle child was in school, I homeschooled her so she could continue to take ballet. Once we were on the east coast, I'd already learned that it was a good practice to become more involved with other homeschoolers in the community. A frequent haunt was the Walnut Grove Plantation in Roebuck, SC. Nestled up in Spartanburg County, this revolutionary gem is waiting to be discovered.

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Wren's Nest

By Laurie Bower Epps

When I had an interview down in Atlanta, I couldn't resist the temptation to find a hidden gem in Atlanta. Find a real gem, I did indeed. Since I started this blog modeling it after my friend Dana's fashion blog, I was hard pressed to find someplace she hadn't been. But due to my love of literature, the Wren's Nest was uncovered.

The Uncle Remus Stories was one of my first storybooks as a child. Much like Grimms Fairy Tales, most of the stories were originally based in oral traditions and also taught a moral lesson. But I loved the nutty stories of that kooky rabbit, Brer Rabbit. He was always getting into one scrape or another. Some of you maybe familiar with The Song of the South that was produced by Disney which was loosely based on the original stories.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Poinsett Bridge

By Laurie Bower Epps

My dear brother Robert passed away on September 1, 2017 due to complications with cancer. I debated not doing this blog, but to clear my head, I went hiking this past Sunday with spectacular results. After reading many articles saying that GPS would steer me wrong, I worried a little bit about navigation. However, just off the Cherokee Foothills Highway, and 25 SC Highway interchange, the Poinsett Bridge is settled above the Cliffs Golf Course in plain sight from the road.

The medieval look about the bridge struck both my youngest and I immediately. We dreamed of everything from Camelot, to fairies with this magnificent bridge as our backdrop in the distance. The weather was perfect for such an outing as this... I imagined taking pictures of my middle daughter and her boyfriend here, and I hope to go back one day to do just that.

Watson Mill Bridge State Park

By Laurie Bower Epps Sorry I took a week off to plan entries for the holidays. I really hope you'll be inspired. This outing, my y...