A train ride to friends and history

I could feel the rumbling of the ground before I heard the warning horn that the train was approaching the first railroad crossing on the southern end of downtown Southern Pines.  I stood on the platform in the pre-dawn morning light and waited for the Silver Star to slow to a stop at its second... Continue Reading →

Land of the Noonday Sun and Familial Ties

I stood alongside the twisty mountain road, at an elevation of 3000 ft, overlooking the 1,700-acre Nantahala Lake in southwestern North Carolina.  At the bottom of that lake lies the old town of Aquone, and what was once the North Carolina Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Forest Service Camp #10 (NC F-10).  At the age of... Continue Reading →

Birmingham Adventures Part 2: Birmingham Civil Rights Museum and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I headed east into Birmingham proper from the vintage motorsports museum to the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument.  Not just one statue or building, this monument encompasses about four downtown Birmingham city blocks.  Multiple landmarks associated with the American Civil Rights movement are located within this area, including the A.G. Gaston Motel which served as... Continue Reading →

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