We were looking for a place to eat and ran across a shopping center in Middletown, DE that looked like it would have a restaurant or two so we pulled in. While driving through the center we spotted this inflatable mattress. However, we didn’t find a place to eat.
On our way out of Kitty Hawk with all the vacationers ending their vacation on Saturday morning we spotted a couple of Big Things at the Mill Farms roadside stand. Had to pull over and get this Big Strawberry and Big Chicken. It was good to take a little break from the non-stop traffic heading back home from their vacation.
Mill Farms Strawberry
Mill Farms Chicken
I’ve never experienced such a concentration of Big Things in an area. The area from Nags Head to Kitty Hawk is for some reason just loaded with Big Chairs. I would like to meet the salesperson that was able to sell so many chairs in such a small area. This collage is only 6 of the 10 chairs that I found. For all I know there were more that I didn’t find.
Outer Bank Chairs
On our way out of Columbia, NC, after we captured the image at the Vineyards on the Scuppernong, what should we find? Another unexpected Big Thing, this time a Very Large Shrimp (can there be such a thing?) This was a nicely handcrafted metal shrimp in front of the Full Circle Crab Company. They look like they wholesale various types of seafood from this location on Elm Street in Mantes, NC.
Full Circle Crab Company
We were making our way to Kitty Hawk and stopped at the Columbia Visitors Center off I-64 for a break. Coming out of the center the Chief Photographer spotted this Big Thing across the street. We crossed Elm Street to get this photo opportunity. A nice unexpected find.
Vineyards on the Scuppernong
Along US-17 we spotted this chicken standing in a field. After making a quick U-turn we found that it represents the Go Chicken Coop activity center. Located in Winnabow, NC at the corner of Bell Swamp Connection and US-17 the Go Chicken Coop offers activities for the family to share. They would like people to set their devices down and spend time interacting with one another. Sounds like a good plan, I hope they make it.
Go Chicken Coop
As we traveled north from Myrtle Beach we spotted this Big Bell on the property of the Bell & Bell Buick-GMC dealer. We stopped and had to drive through a field full of GMC pickup trucks to reach this Big Bell. As you can see, it was worth the effort.
Myrtle Beach Bell
This toad is in front of Pacific Superstore along US-17 in Myrtle Beach. Again, I don’t understand, why stores have something in front that don’t relate to the concept of the store. If you are selling beachwear, why is there a toad in front of the store? Not to mention it is on the east coast. Why not Atlantic Superstore? Go figure!
Myrtle Beach Toad
I didn’t get the connection but this sea captain is in front of Best of Philly on US-17 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The place is small but it is a bit of South Philly transplanted to the South. The cook is actually transplanted from South Philly and they use Amoroso’s Bread so you a guaranteed authentic rolls. We passed on the chance to grab a steak here and continued up US-17, finally eating at The Village Café in Hampstead, North Carolina. Hate to say it, but I had a better meal than a cheese steak. Stop in if you are in the area.
Best of Philly
As we continued north on US-17 from Jaws Resort Wear we came across the Golden Egg Pancake House in Surfside Beach, South Carolina. The parking lot was packed but we were lucky and one car left just as we were getting ready to take this photo.
Jaws Resort Wear has this eye-catching entrance. I didn’t go inside despite their advertised “Live Sharks” sign. Located on Kings Highway (US-17) in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina I’m sure they get a lot of visitors just because of this entrance.
Jaws Resort Wear Shark
We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the Fleet Landing Restaurant on the waterfront. We started with their specialty Fleet Landing Hush Puppies. Get this, they were a veloute of lobster, rock shrimp, leek, corn with a house made cocktail sauce, maybe one of the best appetizers I’ve ever had. I can almost taste it now. Wow, I digress. Anyway, on the walk back to the hotel we passed by the Savannah’s Candy Kitchen and found this big cone. Looks like raspberry to me, what do you think?
Charleston Ice Cream
While at the Charleston Tea Plantation I noticed this frog which seemed to be a sibling to the frog at our hotel in Charleston. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a teacup for my hand but I did the best I could. Later I found another smaller frog in a shop and was told it and others were created by a local artist. Maybe his name was Kermit, or maybe not.
Tea Plantation Frog
While in Charleston we decided to make a trip to the Charleston Tea Plantation, a short trip away. The Plantation is the only tea plantation in the US. Quite an interesting visit to see how tea is harvested and dried. While there we found this Big Thing. Seems it was exhibited in Summerville before it was replaced with a larger version and found its way to the plantation.
Tea Plantation Sweet TeaTea Plantation Sweet Tea
We arrived in Charleston after viewing the eclipse in Columbia and when checking into the hotel I noticed this frog on a bench in the courtyard. I couldn’t miss out on this opportunity.
On our way from Columbia to Charleston, after the eclipse, we stopped in Summerville, SC to get a photo of this Large Sweet Tea container. On the way in to town we stopped at the Visitor Center. We found about the Azalea Park which has walkways featuring a number of sculptures and azaleas and camellias in season, a nice park in a small town. We also were recommended to a local treat, Eve’s Restaurant where we had great fried chicken lunches. A real “local” place. Oh, I forgot, the sweet tea image. Here it is.
Summerville Sweet Tea
OK, there are several descriptions for this big bird. I am calling it a Gamecock, after all we were in Columbia, SC the site of the University of South Carolina. What else would it be?
This is billed as the “World’s Largest Fire Hydrant.” I don’t know if that is true but is certainly dog gone big. This is also in Columbia quite near downtown.
Big Fire Hydrant
Well, we got to Columbia, SC to view the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday August 21st. While walking along Main Street on Sunday while it was closed off to become a pedestrian mall and art fair we found the Neverbust Chain which I knew about from Roadside America. My apprentice, Willa, allowed me to include her in this photo.
On our way to find a Big Comb in Roanoke, VA we passed by this Big Dog standing in front of the Roanoke Fire-EMS Station #7 at the corner of Denniston & Memorial Ave. The comb was not to be found but we stopped at the fire station to get this big dog. It’s a one of a kind and obviously hand made.