The southern states have alot going for them, a few cool lakes with the pine tree edging, real friendly people with a drawn old school accent and a generally relaxed atmoshphere. However the highlight so far was being taken to "Shielieys" the states premiere BBQ 'all you can eat' resteraunt (or so I've been told).
From the moment you enter sheilieys you know your in for something good. This is primarily because the line is so long you spend the first 20 min outside. Once inside the perimeter, you find that the line is crafted (much like a rollar coaster) to weave back and forth. Mid way you pass by a basin to wash up, then some recent photos of George W Bush with the owner and then finally you pay $10 and reicieve your ticket. For such a 'famous' restraunt the interior is very.....southern. I guess they figured there was no need to waste money on the particulars when you have several hundred 'hogs' to cook. The choice of a black and white laminated floor gave it the feel of a local baber shop, but the long bench tables and plastic chairs was its salvation, giving the cluless traveller some idea that this was in fact an 'eatery'.
Then in true southern style it was pork of the bone, hash, beef, beans and carrots, all washed down with a long glass (plastic, ofcourse) of sweet tea.
They say you havent been to sth Carolina until you've eaten at Shielieys - so put me in a truck, stretch and twist my accent and call me bucky!
On Saturday morning I'm hunting ducks and deer....my final initiation.
I have finished reading through the Gospel of John, and am continuing into some of the Pauline letters this week. Saw The Passion last thursday as well. Next post I might post some thoughts, for what they're worth.