Visit Jessica & Steve plus Hollywild Zoo

Trip Start Feb 12, 2006
Trip End Mar 15, 2007

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Croft State Park

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Saturday, June 17, 2006

We had been, sort of biding our time, for our friend Jessica Rolfe to get back from a visit back to Maui. Jessica had worked for our reservations service years ago, she had also been my daughter Sandi's roommate for a while, then she got her Captain's license and worked on the Cinderella and Flexible Flyer sailboats before becoming a Concierge at the Four Seasons Resort on Maui.

She and her boyfriend, Steve Wilcox, who had been a pilot for Sunshine and Blue Hawaiian Helicopter companies on Maui had moved to Greenville, NC over a year ago. Steve now flys for George Dean Johnson, the multi-millionaire founder of Blockbuster Video and a few other businesses, and Jessica works for a real estate firm.

Steve had gone for a quick visit up to his family's home in Virginia, so our first couple of nights in the area we stayed at the Paris Mountain State Park sort of close to where Jessica works in Greenville. She came to our campsite for a nice chat and then we went out to dinner in downtown Greenville. The downtown area is really nice with lots of little lights in the trees that lined the streets. There's also a park with a river and waterfall, where Jessica said they watched the July 4th fireworks from.

We moved to the Croft State Park about 15 minutes away from their new house in Spartanburg. That night they came to us for drinks, pupus (chips, dips, finger foods, etc. for those of you that don't know the Hawaiian word) and a good gab fest.

Then on Saturday afternoon we first went to see their new house and to meet their two pet ferrets before going out to dinner together at Red Lobster. Sunday they took us out to dinner at a Japanese Teppanyaki place that was fun and reminded us of the Kobe Steak House on Maui.

While we were at Spartanburg, we discovered a really fun, fairly small animal park a few miles away. It's called Hollywild because many of the animals have been used in many movies and/or commercials. If you are ever in their neighborhood, I highly recommend that you visit them.

They have many programs for all ages, and we enjoyed the ride in a 'Safari' bus (they have several old school buses that they've cut out the side windows and built in a shelf/window sill, and then they took out the seats and built in benches in the middle back-to-back so they face out each side) and the busses are all painted with wild colors and/or animal stipes/spots, etc.

They get lots of kinds of (stale) bread from local businesses and the tourists can hand feed most of the animals along the way. The only animal that you want to be very careful how you feed them is the smaller cousin to an Ostrich called a Rea. Reas have such a small brian, they can't distinguish your hand from the food, so you'll probably be bit and their bite isn't very nice. 

Also,around the Thanksgiving to New Year's Holidays, they put on a Christmas Lights show that is very special.
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