Monday, May 19, 2014

Flat Stanley Visit

Flat Stanley Visits South Carolina
May 2014

As part of a class project, my nephew Liam arranged for Flat Stanley to visit us here in Spartanburg, SC.  If you are not familiar with Flat Stanley, you can learn more about him here:

Flat Stanley Arrives in Spartanburg, SC!

Shortly after his arrival, Flat Stanley helped us plant some flowers.

Flat Stanley with some newly planted flowers

In Liam's letter to us, one of the things he specifically requested is that we show him something special about my remote control helicopter.  So I showed Flat Stanley how it worked and even arranged to give him a little helicopter ride around our house!

Flat Stanley goes for a helicopter ride

Flat Stanley goes for a helicopter ride

Flat Stanley goes for a helicopter ride

I had planned to take Flat Stanley on some hikes, but the timing of his visit did not correspond to any of my hiking plans.  However we did show him a few other things.

Our county, Spartanburg County, is the home of the only North American manufacturing facility for the German car company, BMW. We took Flat Stanley to visit there. When this plant opened in the early 1990s the Z3 and Z4 coupes were made here. Later, they began making the X3, X4, X5 and X6 BMW models. 

Flat Stanley at the BMW Manufacturing Plant in Spartanburg County, SC

Aunt Amy with Flat Stanley at the BMW Visitors Center

While he was there, Flat Stanley made friends with an angry bird.

Flat Stanley makes friends with an Angry Bird!

Flat Stanley also joined us to see a production of the Broadway play “The Phantom of the Opera” at the Peace Center in Greenville, SC.  Since Flat Stanley is short in stature and rather thin, we were able to get him in to see the show without having to purchase another ticket.   He was delighted with the front row balcony seats we had so he could see all the action on the stage. 

Flat Stanley goes to see "The Phantom of the Opera"

Flat Stanley with a Front Row Balcony Seat for the show

Last Christmas when our nephew Liam and our niece Marielle visited us, we took them to see the Liberty Bridge and Reedy River Falls in downtown Greenville, SC. We decided to show Flat Stanley these sites as well. The Liberty Bridge is a very unique suspension bridge and the only one of its kind in the United States.

Flat Stanley on the Liberty Bridge overlooking Reedy River Falls

 Flat Stanley hanging out by Reedy River Falls and the Liberty Bridge

Flat Stanley Crashing a Wedding Party

We showed Flat Stanley a few other interesting spots in downtown Greenville, SC

Flat Stanley hanging out on some impressive tree roots

We call this "The Hobbit House"
It is actually part of an old mill that use to operate by Reedy River Falls

Flat Stanley wanted to go play in the Fountain

He got a little wet, but fortunately he is laminated!

Flat Stanley goes for a trail ride

Flat Stanley wanted to get a few souvenirs from his visit to South Carolina.  He decide on a couple of magnets since he likes to use them to hang out on the refrigerator.

 Flat Stanley hanging out on the refrigerator with the souvenirs from his trip to SC

We had a wonderful visit with Flat Stanley, but his trip is about over.  He has to be back with Liam in Virginia before the end of the school year.

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