January Forgot

I think January forgot it was January.  Today must have been in the 60s.  The same was true on Saturday.  Last January, we went to Myrtle Beach for Martin Luther King Day.  This time, we decided to stay close to home, but still explore.  We are so often gone when a weekend opportunity presents itself that we haven’t made the time to see the local sweet spots!  Such as Cowpens Battlefield with some friends (no picture because I forgot to take one) and Chimney Rock with my mom and Joe and their dogs! Check it out.

The main thing to be remembered and cherished is that it was so good to get some Vitamin D! I LOVED being outside.  I needed it.

Cowpens is located about 20-30 minutes from our house; it is the site where the Patriot Army had their first success in the South.  The British apparently realized that the Patriots were being supported by southern agriculture, and so they concentrated their efforts on cutting off the supply, which would have been detrimental to the Revolutionary War–for the Patriots that is.  This weekend just so happens to be the anniversary of this battle.  I took tons of pictures because I love learning the details.  The following are the ones that I cared about this time!

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The hanging pots are how the soldiers formed the musket balls.
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Though you can’t see a green coat in this particular picture, men who were sympathetic to the British but citizens of the colonies wore green coats instead of the traditional British red.
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Our tour guide told us that Captain Daniel Morgan’s men were instructed to lay down in the lowest part of the battleground because as the enemy approached, they would be unable to see them on the ground, offering an advantage. They also gained support of the militia regiments, who unlike the British’s opinion, were the best soldiers in many cases because they had already fought in wars or had natural skills. They were the difference between victory and loss that day because they bravely evened the playing field. They were asked to stand rather than shoot as the British approached so that the British would be in such close range that the percentage of guns which actually fired would not miss; this was decided because the British usually expected the militia to run, and so they approached without fear of an attack. This moment literally evened the numbers between armies, as the British previous to this particular volley outnumbered the Patriots. Also, the militia could load their weapons while walking, which the British couldn’t do. Thus, when the Patriots were “retreating,” they were also reloading and then would turn and shoot.  Shock! The British had no clue they were reloading until they turned around and shot them directly.
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This is what tea look like in this time period. People would break off chunks. These bars are what were dumped into the Boston Harbor. They reminded me of giant bouillon cubes today.
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The alarm clock! Not just a modern day, plastic, birthday party favor that is also known as a “noisemaker.” Maybe they didn’t use the bugle so they wouldn’t attract more attention than necessary from enemies?
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Brown sugar was packed so that it could be shipped more easily.
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Don’t waste anything from the hive; these allowed for candles.
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White sugar was packaged in cones. This amount would have cost the equivalent of about $50 today. To get the sugar, people would boil honey and as the molasses separated, the white sugar emerged (or something like that; I’d have to study it to really know I understood it correctly.)
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Spice grinder; I have to get one of these for my china hutch! So cool!
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This man was a Scottish Highland man representing a man fighting for the British. He said they had a love-hate relationship with the British, but they paid well. One child in the crowd asked him if he was a Brit or a Patriot. He shouted, “Neither. I’m a Scot!” It was really funny. He opened his portion by shouting, “God save King George” to get the crowd’s attention.
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Apparently, it was considered ill-mannered to actually aim at your enemy. If you aimed, then killing the man was worse. Also, you might intentionally kill an officer, which is bad form. Before a soldier pulled the trigger, he was supposed to close his eyes. Logic. Well, the Patriots broke that tradition. They actually aimed. Good move.

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Chimney Rock
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The lake below us is called Lake Lure. It was at this lake that the film Dirty Dancing was filmed. Unfortunately, the resort has since burned down, but apparently the staircase where Baby danced down towards the lake is still there. Nice film trivia. “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.”
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I never figured out how many stairs we walked today. There were signs that said 496 stairs, but we climbed in multiple areas so I’m not sure if they all were included in 496. Either way, it felt good.

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2015, so far so good!

Thank you January sun!

P.S. The whole reason I wanted to go to Chimney Rock was to see the stretch of the trail where Last of the Mohicans was filmed.  Due to potential ice crushing our heads, we couldn’t.  But man I wanted to! It was so pretty the first time I came here.

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