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Roush Fenway Racing

While taking a ride around the airport I happen to spot one of Roush Fenway Racing corporate planes. This plane is a Boeing 727-227. I didn't realize that they kept their plane out here. I was just sort of under the impression that they kept it at the Concord Airport, but guess not. They actually have a flight office here at the Charlotte Douglas Airport. Roush Fenway Racing is the team for drivers David Ragan (6 - UPS), Greg Biffle (16 - 3M), Matt Kenseth (17 - Crown Royal), and Carl Edwards (99 - Aflac). I guess if I were to have a dream car other than a Corvette, it would have to be a new Ford Mustang from Roush Performance.

Now here is one very hot running and sweet looking car.
ROUSH Performance

West Virginia

Whenever I travel from North Carolina back to Michigan I just love the drive through West Virginia on I-77. Although I think it's hard to find a good straight stretch of highway, there are just so many curves and then you are going up and down the hills. But still some very beautiful scenery along the way. This is the bridge that crosses over from Ohio into West Virginia and I would stop in Marietta, OH, which is right here at the bridge, to eat either breakfast or a late lunch at McDondalds. 

Yes, low clouds on the day I traveled through here, but still beautiful.

Then as I travel south on I-77 I hit the East River Mountain Tunnel which takes you from Bluefield, WV into Rocky Gap, VA. I just love going through this mile long tunnel. 

Walmart Distribution Center

This is the 830,000 sq ft distribution center for Walmart located in Pageland, SC.


"The first peace, which is the most important,
is that which comes within the souls of people
when they realize their relationship, their oneness,
with the universe and all its powers,
and when they realize that at the center of the universe
dwells the Great Spirit,
and that this center is really everywhere,
it is within each of us."
~ Black Elk - Oglala Sioux ~

Shrimp Boats

This is one of the local shrimp boats going out of Calabash, NC. 

Miles Of Beach To Walk

One of the great things down in Myrtle Beach is that you have miles and miles of beach to walk. Not only that you can walk without having some home owner yelling at you, like they did in Michigan on Lake Michigan, get off my beach. One of the things we have down here in the Carolina's is public access to the beach about every 1/4 mile off the road along the beach. I have seen and gone through a public access that actually went through a condo complex. No screaming, no yelling like the idiots in Michigan, hey, get off of my beach. Hey, just go on down and walk the beach and enjoy. No, of course not, you cannot build fires to cook out with nor can you sleep overnight on the beach.

Skates Or Rays

Skate? Ray?
Ok, I have been out on the pier at Cherry Grove, SC and the Apache Pier in North Myrtle Beach and have seen many of these. I'm still not sure whether they are sting rays or skates. My picture really isn't that clear but my first guess would be that they are skates. I know we have encountered them a couple of times while swimming out there in the ocean and it can take your breath away. It just makes you stop and think, what else is swimming here with me right now.


Every time I go down to Myrtle Beach, SC I go through the small town of Chadbourn, NC on NC Hwy 410. So many times I had just passed on through stopping only at the stop light or once at Jack In The Box for a bit to eat. I have gone through here during the North Carolina Strawberry Festival (NC Strawberry Festival)   and this town just has a way of drawing me in with curiosity about this it and the people here. For one thing this is the home town of Ben Vereen. One of the other things that got my attention were the railroad engines sitting there. Some of these are rather old and I'm not sure they even run anymore while there are others that are newer and I'm sure they still make a run through here. There is the Carolina Southern Railroad engine that was here during my stop this time. This town has character and I really enjoy exploring a little bit more each time I pass on through it.

The Carolina Southern Railroad Site


Finally with the help of a friend who taught me where, how, and what to really look for when looking for the sharks teeth, we came up with these here from our day at the beach last Saturday. I was always looking right at the waters edge and expecting to find some larger sharks teeth, but thats really not how it goes. We went further up from the water and were able to find these. I was also expecting to find larger ones, but was told that's really rare to find those, so I settled looking for the smaller ones. The ones we found here are probably from a bull shark. So anyway, I did learn something Saturday and am looking forward to the fall after all the tourist are gone and I can search the beach for more of these sharks teeth. I believe the best time to do this is after a big storm on the ocean and when the waves really pound up on the beach. It seems to bring many shells and sharks teeth up at that time. Even if I don't find any it's really all about walking that beach wit…

A New Day Dawns

I think over again my small adventures
My fears, those small ones that seemed so big
For all the vital things I had to get and reach
And yet there is only one great thing
The only thing
To live to see the great day that dawns
And the light that fills the world.
         — unknown Inuit

The Moon

help me always
to speak the truth quietly,
to listen with an open mind
when others speak,
and to remember the peace
that may be found in silence.

Cherokee Prayer

Bombs Away

The Norden Bombsight that is on display at the Carolinas Aviation Museum. Click Here To Read More About The Norden Bombsight

Radio Tower

A long ways up there, 1,951'. Don't think I would care to be the one to change the obstruction lamps.

Air Museum - Charlotte

CH46-E Boeing Sea Knight - Flew on these a couple of times while stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC.

F-4S Phantom II McDonnell Douglas
Got to see these fly out of Bogue Field in Newport, NC, while spending a day there on a field exercise. It was a field set up as deck of an aircraft carrier where they could practice their take-offs and landings.

AV-8B-1 McDonnell Douglas Harrier

All these planes, and many more, are located at the Carolinas Aviation Museum out at the Charlotte- Douglas Airport. Right now they are located in a temporary location, which is really nice. The only bad part about it is that you cannot go outside to veiw the rest of the planes. But, I guess they will be moving back to their original location with a new hanger and then one should be able to see all the aircraft. 

Airport - Charlotte

Image via Wikipedia
This was one of many flights coming into the Charlotte Douglas Airport Friday afternoon. 

One of the UPS planes at it's terminal.

One of the several planes of the North Carolina Air Guard located at the field.

A US Airways making a landing here in Charlotte.

You can go to the McDonalds, Wendy's, Taco Bell, or KFC located at Boyer St and Billy Graham Pkwy and get a great view of the planes landing, providing they are in a pattern that brings them over those places at the time.