Operation: Seattle Skedaddle (another quick 3,348 mile road trip)
I continued east, stopping in Chicago and Detroit to visit family, then made a right at Cleveland, Ohio to head south on I-77. As noted one can get a little spaced out on an extended road trip. Around Milwaukee I was so starved for entertainment I listened to a National Public Radio broadcast about fish and chips for over an hour (Wisconsin people are obsessed with food, the more fattening the better). The applesauce versus potato pancakes as a side dish debate alone took twenty minutes.
That night I stayed in Williamstown, West Virginia, just south of the Ohio River which separates Ohio from West Virginia. According to census data, in 2010 the town’s population was 2,908. In 2014 it was estimated to be…2,936. Explosive population growth does not appear to be a problem in Williamstown.
But gas is cheap, a mere ֱ ֓؋ᶨ.9 cents per gallon (₻῭„.9 cents diesel).
In West Virginia is the popular tourist stop Tamarack Artesian Retail Center.
It features an art gallery, fine dining, and original, hand-crafted items with a West Virginia slant for sale. Many of these sported the state’s outline and the slogan “I ♥ Coal”.
Even if you are not in a shopping mood it’s a good place to walk around and shake off road fatigue. Here’s the backyard:
A scenic outlook off I-77:
Contrast all these deciduous trees with the conifers in the Pacific Northwest interior:
That night interesting clouds rolled into Cornelius, North Carolina:
This is the result when one notices a full moon in the sky, carefully sets one’s camera for a long-exposure night-time shot, then sneezes just as the shutter button is pressed:
The next day I arrived at my destination: Charleston, South Carolina! I’ve heard great things about the city and was looking for a new place to live, so I relocated there. The grounds of the extended stay hotel I stayed at were decorated with palmetto trees (Spanish for “little palm”). They’re very popular here, being prominently featured on our state flag. (Curiously, nobody is exactly sure of the origin of the other feature on the flag, the crescent.)
The hotel grounds also had professionally-installed, heat resistant waterfowl to greet me:
And finally, when moving to a new area it’s important to have your ducks in a row:
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