Campbell's Covered Bridge

So I unexpectedly found myself alone the other day, something I really needed, so I went for a drive, not really sure of where I'd end up.  Where I ended up can be seen in my last post, but the first stop I made was at Campbell's Covered Bridge.  I had never been there before, but people talk about it like it's something worth seeing. I guess if you're into bridges it's worth a stop and it's not far from Poinsett Bridge which I've blogged about previously.  Personally I think the covered bridge at Dupont State Forest is more interesting.

There's a lot more information about it here.

Distance from downtown Greenville: 25 miles

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The Blue Note Grill

I've previously mentioned that one of our favorite hangouts is the Back Room at the Flat Rock Wine Shoppe in Flat Rock, NC. Well they recently moved a few miles north to downtown Hendersonville into a great historic building. They have the same great menu and same extensive beer and wine list. (They're currently serving Highland's Cold Mountain Winter Ale on tap.) But they have a lot more room and best of all they have live music every night with no cover charge.

Distance from downtown Greenville: 39 miles

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TreesGreenville Turkey Day 8k 2010

The last couple of weeks I've enjoyed helping to plant trees with an organization called TreesGreenville. This is one of several organizations I've discovered through the Hands on Greenville website. As the name implies, the organization plants trees in the area, mostly through the use of volunteers. It's run by a couple of really nice, knowledgeable, laid back people named Joelle and James. The first time I volunteered I learned a lot about how to properly plant a tree, which explains why I haven't always had such great luck in the past. I had similar learning experiences when I've helped plant vegetables at the Project Host Soup Kitchen garden and when I've done trail construction with the Sierra Club. So in addition to helping the community, there is a personal gain involved in these activities.  

On Thanksgiving Day TreesGreenville is hosting an 8K run at the ICAR facility as a fundraiser. So if you can run further than I can, and you need an excuse to get away from the extended family on Thanksgiving morning, you might want to check it out. You can sign up

Thursday, November 25th, 2010 -9am - Turkey Day 8k; 8:30am - 1/4 mile Toddler Trot. Please see the bottom of the page if interested in registering for the Tot Trot.

Hubbell Lighting within the CU-ICAR business park. Hubbell Lighting is located at 701 Millennium Blvd, Greenville, SC 29607.

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Rattlesnake Lodge

In the early 1900's a fellow by the name of Dr. Chase P. Ambler built a stone summer home for his family near Asheville.  He sold it in the 1920's and unfortunately the lodge burned down  a few years later. You can read the details here.

Some of the remains still exists. Reaching them can be a short uphill hike from the location below, or you can do a longer hike (16 miles round trip) by starting at the Craggy Garden parking area and taking the Mountains to Sea Trail east. This is a beautiful hike with great views. 

Distance from downtown Greenville: 87 miles.

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