When I looked at the map, I saw that Carl Sandburg's home was not far away, only about 20 or so miles. Why not do both today? We went to Carl Sandburg National Historic Site first, so we would not be back tracking.
On our way up, I noticed this pick up on the other side of the highway. No other cars were around it, and suddenly it just did a 90 degree turn right into the bushes! We agreed it was texting while driving. They seemed to be okay, it was just so strange to see that.
Amazingly beautiful place
Lon had never heard of Carl Sandburg before. Good thing we were there to learn.
Carl August Sandburg (January 6, 1878 – July 22, 1967) was an American poet, writer, and editor who won three Pulitzer Prizes, two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. During his lifetime, Sandburg was widely regarded as "a major figure in contemporary literature", especially for volumes of his collected verse, including Chicago Poems (1916), Cornhuskers (1918), and Smoke and Steel (1920.] He enjoyed "unrivaled appeal as a poet in his day, perhaps because the breadth of his experiences connected him with so many strands of American life and at his death in 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson observed that "Carl Sandburg was more than the voice of America, more than the poet of its strength and genius. He was America
We watched the movie. Edward R. Murrow interviews Carl Sandburg. It was wonderful. Lon liked the songs Carl Sandburg sang. Goober peas!
Seems Carl Sandburg liked goats too
We stayed and played with the babies for a while. It was so much fun playing with them.
I love Nubian's ears!!
Lon learned a lot. One of the big things he learned was poetry does not need to rhyme to be poetic. This made him very happy.
Almost to Cowpens. The road is a little two lane road, twisty with changing speed limits. I was very good about keeping to the speed limit.
At the entrance to the visitor's center
A brief history bit of what Cowpens is:
Brigadier General Daniel Morgan won the Battle of Cowpens, a decisive Revolutionary War victory over British Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton on January 17, 1781. It is considered one of the most memorable victories of Morgan and one of the most memorable defeats of Tarleton.
Established as Cowpens National Battlefield Site March 4, 1929; transferred from the War Department August 10, 1933; redesignated April 11, 1972. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
The visitor center features a museum with exhibits about the American Revolution and the battle, including a fiber-optic map that illustrates the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution and the battle, a walking tour of the battlefield itself, and the reconstructed log cabin of one Robert Scruggs, who had farmed the land before the establishment of the park.
Getting his badge. He did more than the required number of items. The Ranger was impressed.
The Ranger asked him a few more questions gave him another booklet to do and then gave him a patch for the environment. I have to sew that on his vest.
The medal! Looks good on him
We stopped by a fruit stand called the Peach Bucket. We got a watermelon and strawberries. The berries looked good. They taste amazing. Best strawberries I have ever ate. We ate so many of them! They were firm and juicy, and red all the way though. If I had known they were going to be that fantastic, I would have gotten two gallons instead of just one.
Our fingers are stained red.
The only way today could have been better is if Dad was able to come with us, but he had to stay close to work.