The Esmeralda Inn
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We traveled from Aunt Peggy & Sheldon's house to Henderson, NC. I rode criss-cross applesauce all the way to our hotel. Mom drove. It rained the first half of the way.
Aunt Roz's family is from Hartwell, GA. We crossed over lake Hartwell on our way into SC. In SC, we went passed Clemson University.
Uncle Grady was a cheerleader for Clemson University more than 50 years ago.
We stopped at Cinco De Mayo ...
... and twist/bang the **** out of my foot. It swelled so big I couldn't even fit my climbing shoe back on... so after this I became what is knows as "Belay *****." Lee had a great climb sesh though. He onsighted some 11's and we giggle at a pompous guide hanging around the crag trying to be big and bad.
I will return and conquer the other routes without incident!
... the grounds at this place. All 200 plus acres of it. The house had 40 servants on staff at all times, has 40 bathrooms and a bunch of other stuff. It boggles the mind, to say the least. All this opulence for just 3 people. Yeppers thats the amount of folks that lived here. I was told that they entertained a lot tho. That justifies things, I guess. Who built it ?? Why the Vanderbuilts of course....Next stop----Clio, ...
... so Steve came with us. However, the last and final bit was up two flights of stairs which Steve couldn't make so David and I walked up without him and looked out at the amazing views. On our way down we stopped off at the shop gorged ourselves on pistachio and pecan flavoured ice cream and then made our way back to Rutherfordton.
Steve wanted me to hear Jay play the piano. I heard that he was pretty good and was keen ...
... the route we were, programmed to keep up to speed with you if you follow the 15MPH speed limit. It was a real novelty to us, never done anything like this before. It got us thinking about how well the Yanks have catered for their own laziness, never needing to get out of the car unless you absolutely have to. Not only do they have drive-through restaurants, pharmacies and banks, they also have drive through State Parks as well, craziness!
The first stop ...