Large slabs of granite, UFOs and 2 recent road trips
Saturday, August 24, 2013 8:00 PM
A lot of the time, the road less traveled might not be the best way to get from Point A to Point B, but there could be something found on the journey that makes it all worthwhile.
Take, for instance, two recent road trips my oldest took. It's almost as if the sideshow of the trips were equally as important to him. This is the same son who is Mr. Wizard I wrote about recently. He might as well be called Mr. Conspiracy Theory or Mr. Out-of-the-Ordinary.
He loves any sort of conspiracy theory show on TV and likes to look for quirky things about the U.S.
He, his brother and a friend went to Panama City, Fla., and on the way, they made a stop not too long after crossing the border between South Carolina and Georgia.
I didn't ask, but it's a pretty good bet the stop in Nuberg/Elberton Ga., was his idea. I'm still trying to figure out how he got the others to agree to the little side venture.
He wanted to stop in Elberton to see The Georgia Guidestones. So, they did. From what I could remember, there was never any mention of stopping to see what's considered an "American Stonehenge." Completed in 1980 atop a hill in a cow pasture, The Georgia Guidestones are five large granite slabs standing upright with a capstone.
The slabs and capstone have inscriptions on them and tell of the coming "Age of Reason." The display was funded by a stranger who left money in a local bank and never returned.
According to www.roadsideamerica,com, The Georgia Guidestones attract mystery fans and ... conspiracy theorists.
I had heard of The Georgia Guidestones, but never knew anyone who made a visit there. I can't say that now.
When asked how the trip was when they returned, the first thing the oldest did was smile. He then showed me the pictures he took of The Georgia Guidestones.
He just made a solo day trip to Daniel Island outside Charleston to see the American rugby team play the Canadian team at the Charleston Battery soccer team stadium.
But before he crossed Interstate 95 while driving on Interstate 26, he made a stop.
The night before he went to Daniel Island, he asked me if I had ever heard of the UFO visitor center. This wasn't too long after the government released formerly classified documents about a secret facility in Las Vegas. The words Area 51 were used in the report.
I asked if he was talking about Area 51, to which he replied no.
He was talking about the one in South Carolina. The one in South Carolina? I asked.
He told me where it was and it wasn't maybe but a rock's throw off the interstate on the way to Charleston. He told me to look it up. So I did. That was after being distracted by a rather large raccoon being a little rambunctious on our back porch.
Sure enough, he was right. Right here in the Palmetto State was the unofficial center to welcome beings from other worlds.
Jody Pendarvis built the welcome center in his yard in Bowman. The center is large and saucer shaped. Pendarvis added a smaller saucer on top of the larger one.
It's not very welcoming. The larger saucer sags and officials have cited Pendarvis for numerous violations. He doesn't mind.
Pendarvis charges people to go inside. I was told it used to be a dollar, but Pendarvis raised the fee.
I asked my oldest if he were going to stop and go inside. I told him it now cost $3 to go inside. I guess that was a little prohibitive because he became a little hesitant about the $3 cost. I was about ready to give him the $2 to make up the difference.
When he headed out the next day, I still wasn't sure what his UFO welcome center plans were.
When he got home that night, I didn't need to ask about the game. He had already sent me a text U.S.A. lost. So, the only thing I could do was ask, "Did you stop?"
"Where?" was the reply.
He then shot me a smile that indicated what the answer was. He did stop, but didn't go inside. He's got the pictures to prove it.
Large slabs of granite. A UFO perched on top of another. I know he's been past the infamous peach in Gaffney and the large light bulb at the Thomas A. Edison tower in Edison, N.J.
I'm just wondering if he knows about the multitude of other large and small oddities - furniture, handbags, elephants, bottles, people and such - that dot this great country of ours. I haven't heard, but I wouldn't be surprised if he does.
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