July 11, 2003

Peach Butt

Our visitors from Atlanta brought us a basket of peaches from near the world's largest cleavage of the gluteal kind. We came up over a rise on I-85 back when the kids where small, and all our jaws dropped. There before us, and towering 75 feet over us, was the Just Say No to Crack memorial... ostensibly an homage to the state fruit, the Georgia peach, or to its overweight plumbers' best side. The tower has been repainted in recent years so as to avoid so many accidents on the interstate because of its shocking effects on drivers. I was once one of them.)

Our guests also brought us a watermelon, and tonight, sitting on the front porch eating it after it cooled in the creek for two days, it conjured up a story for another time (probably here directly; don't fail to miss it!).

Posted by fred1st at July 11, 2003 06:05 AM | TrackBack

The funny thing is - GA peaches don't really taste that good. I believe the majority of peaches in GA end up in cans. South Carolina turns out the best peaches for consumption straight off the tree.

Posted by: Chris at July 11, 2003 09:08 AM

THE BIG PEACH!! Located among the rolling orchards of Gaffney, it's a much-loved landmark on our trips to visit the folks in NC. It marks the halfway point to Greensboro. We usually stop at the outlet mall there and take a break. And yes, at first glance it does indeed look like a pair of large cheeks...and not the ones on your face, either.

Chris is right...it's well-known here in my home state that the Georgia peach crop long ago lost its edge to the South Carolinians. Our peaches, having been over-cultured for packing and shipping (and not necessarily for taste), have become a bland, mealy echo of their former glory.

Posted by: Curt at July 11, 2003 09:22 AM

How many pilgrimages have been made to this grand, disturbing southern Mecca? The Peach Butt, the Giant Bridges, and the Chicamauga DAM: the three landmarks worth waking up for between Wytheville Virginia and Biloxi Mississippi. I will have a lot to live up to, taking my kids to see the grumpy grampies on Goose Creek, ages hence...

Posted by: peach butt pilgrim at July 11, 2003 10:12 AM

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