Our second day of adventuring found us driving past the famous “South of the Border” on I-95 South. This place sort of does a take on the old Burmashave signs, but its most distinct feature is the water tower that looks like a Mexican sombrero: http://www.thesouthoftheborder.com/
We also stopped at a rest stop for a bit – there is never a dull moment with Clan Roe. I did not misplace my youngest, but I did find him, au naturel, in the bathroom, having his daily constitutional. Try explaining to a curious 7 year old why it is inappropriate to remove every stitch of clothing in a public restroom. Agguugh!! He is definitely a source of endless entertainment, and if you all have read some of my previous posts, you will know he likes his pencils hot, and other crazy antics.
We eventually rode along the shores of Lake Marion, SC, which elicited a conversation about whether all of the lakes in SC are manmade. (I had a geology professor in college tell me so.) Back to the internet we went, to do a little exploring. This website gave us some wonderful information: http://www.carolinaliving.com/visiting/history_lake.asp to include the fact that the largest lake in SC, Lake Marion, was named for the Revolutionary war hero, Francis Marion. How many of you remember learning about him in 5th and 8th grade Calvert history??
By lunchtime, we had the occasion to stop by The Stono Market, joyfully run by our cousin, Babs Ambrose and her family. If you are out on the barrier islands of SC, John’s Island specifically, you gotta go! The Tomato Pie was worth the 600 mile drive from Baltimore. Babs and her husband, Pete, are pioneers in something called Community Sponsored Agriculture. For more on what a CSA is, visit their website: http://www.stonofarmmarket.com/ambrosefamilyfarmcsa.html This is such a cool concept, and in fact our family participates in a CSA in Baltimore, from a fantastic place called One Straw Farm. If you want a wonderful experience in fresh fruits and vegetables, and the chance to change the environment for the better, explore a CSA enterprise near you.
We are in a fascinating part of the world, and I am looking forward to telling you more in my next post.