Well, the report from South Carolina and our RV trip continues. We did the tourist things, we drove up to Asheville and saw the Biltmore, George Washington Vanderbilt's impressive mansion, brother of CNN Anderson Cooper's Great Grandfather. This is the largest privately owned house in America. It was over the top, in a kind of Mad king Ludwig of Bavaria sort of way, but with more planning. Just imagining the costs of keeping that house is astounding. What that generation of Vanderbilts were thinking between this, The Breakers in Newport, or the Marble House or the Petit Chateau in NYC, just makes me scratch my head. It cost the equivalent of 200 million to build this one. They funded this for a decade by selling 83,000 acres in the Thirties with the old legacy money largely spent to the US Government to start the National Forest here in the Smoky Mountains. The builder, died in his 50s from an appendicitis and really never even enjoyed this. Vanderbilt was scheduled to go on the "Titanic" but demurred and sailed on the "Olympic" sending a servant with his luggage in 1912, who drowned. His nephew died on the "Lusitania" when it was torpedoed in 1915.
It is hard to believe more battles of the Revolutionary War were fought in South Carolina than any other state. A trivia question for later.
We went up in the Mountains
We went to Devil's Kitchen at Caesars Head State Park, Legend and local lore, however, say that early Scottish-Irish immigrants who made their own alcohol allowed the Devil to make his own and one drop split the rocks. Must have been some strong stuff.
We walked over Poinsett Bridge, the oldest Bridge in the state made in 1820, and by the same guy that made the Washington Monument. It is also hard thinking Model T's bounced up this road between Asheville and Greenville 100 years ago, and then this bridge was 100 years old.
The only RV issue is a cracked sewage hose, but nothing the rain didn't clear up for us.