Monday, September 16, 2019

First Presbyterian Churchyard

A local suggested that we visit of the First Presbyterian Churchyard in Columbia, SC.
We are locals now but still act like tourists, constantly discovering new (to us) gems.
In 1798, this cemetery was established as Columbia's first burial ground.
The headstone that struck me to the most was this one that reads "laborious, self-denying, benevolent and just, he was useful, happy and honored".
Here one will find tombstones from the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783), the Mexican War (1846-1848), and the American Civil War (1861-1865). 
Various other notables rest here as well. A brochure is available on site pointing out many of them.
The church itself is a beauty to gaze upon.
Many stunning plot fences are throughout the cemetery.
Numerous headstones show their age so gracefully.

Nature is gorgeous here too.

A lovely place to wander and appreciate.

If you go, located at 1324 Marion Street in Columbia, SC.

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Liberty on the Lake

Liberty on the Lake is located in Irmo, SC. It is part of the SC chain, Liberty Tap Room and Grill.
It has great outdoor seating with an upper and lower deck overlooking the lake.
It was overcast the day we came here for lunch but the air was perfect for eating outside.
I devoured cauliflower tacos. Roasted cauliflower is the "meat" and the rest includes pickled red onions, cheese crusted tortillas, cabbage and curry aioli. The side was black beans and rice.
Jim indulged in a Reuben. Its filling is pastrami, gruyere, sauerkraut, lager mustard and thousand island dressing in marble rye.
We were both very satisfied with our delicious meals. Being the first time I have heard of cauliflower as a taco filling, this is something we will have to try at home. So healthy and scrumptious!

This is a great location to relax and people watch as residents head out for or come back from a boat ride.
The locals can boat to the restaurant.
Kayak rentals and more are available here at the Lake Murray Marina
This lake is huge with many coves. It would be perfect for tranquil paddling, which we have yet to do.

Liberty on the Lake is located at:
1602 Marina Road
Irmo, SC

The kitchen is open
Sunday - Thursday 11am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday 11am - 10pm

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val

Monday, September 9, 2019

Random Bits of Asheville

Walking the streets of Asheville, NC is entertaining indeed!
There is plenty of street art to enjoy.
Of course there is a variety of works by native Dustin Spagnola.
There seems to be something on every street corner that catches the eye.
There is a map of 30 bronzed statues about the city.
Since we were not here long, we only caught a glimpse of some.
What is with the creepy Ronald McDonald?
He is at the Mellow Mushroom. We were told he had a makeover to be Ziggy Stardust. He is in rough condition these days so a replacement is being sought out. I wonder who will be sitting here next!

This Mellow Mushroom is oozing with personality. Being in an old gas station, there is a little bit of that theme with old pumps and such. I did admire the green roof above where the hostess hangs out.

 Another unique food establishment is Double D's.
Yup, it is an old outfitted double decker bus where one can grab a cup of coffee, ice cream and more.

Lazoom Room offers bus rides around town that include beer and entertainment, including comedy and music. Brilliant!
Another cool building.
The hearse advertises Manicomio Pizza. "Make them a deal they can't refuse, bring them a Manicomio pizza". It also reads "what? surf and turf for my last dinner? No thanks, I want a Manicomia pizza."

Next time we go I would love to just wander the streets for the entertainment and art it offers.

Even the ground offers art.

I hope you enjoyed this peek at Asheville.

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val

Friday, September 6, 2019


Reflections observed out and about.
Columbia SC

Riverbanks Botanical Garden
Asheville NC
Swan Lake Sumter SC
Asheville NC
Riverbanks Zoo
Columbia SC
Cayce Riverwalk
Asheville NC
Riverbanks Botanical Garden
Columbia SC
Congaree National Park
I hope you enjoyed these reflections!

Thank you for stopping by. ~Val