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6 months, 2 weeks ago 2
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So, as you know we have a new champion and on the way home I found another Wayback Burger in Spartenburg, S.C.  Sherelene and I stopped there for lunch and wow,  5.6 pickles!!!!!  The manager of this franchise was Tomika, and boy did she take great are of us!


Lots of chain burgers vary, one trip they are great, another trip not as great!!!  In trips to two Wayback Burger locations the food was identical, and identically fantastic!!!!


My  hat is off to this chain, can’t wait for location 3!!!!




the pilgrim


By-the-way;  at this location we also tried the onion rings, best ever!!!!!  These guys are on a roll!

6 months, 2 weeks ago 6
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Sherelene and I have been way this week for a little R&R (me), and a Medical Conference for her.  You know me, the search goes on for the perfect burger. I’ve rated over a 1,000 burgers in the last 24  years but today I had the best one I’ve ever had!!!!!  Sorry T-Ray’s, Milt’s Stop and Eat, Top Notch, Bobcat Bite (sadly gone now), and the others, you were ll great, mouthwatering great, but a new burger now wears the crown, The Wayback Burger, particularly there Chesey Burger, I’m giving you a 5.5 on the pickle scale, that is a good margin above anything near you!!!!!!


Why the big jump?  Eating a burger is 90% the burger and 10% the times in which you enjoy it.  I so so burger in the company of good friends can raise it’s score a half a pickle for sure!  I was with Sherelene and we were having a great day, that didn’t hurt, but honestly tis burger could have topped the charts without any help at all!


So as I said, why the big jump?  The meat was cooked perfectly, juicy within the limits of our crazy laws, but nicely close to medium, certainly not charred as often happens.  The seasoning was excellent, the bread in this patty melt type configurations was wonderfully butter and toasted.   The cheese was nice and melted, but not overdone!  I picked the sea salt homemade chips as a side, best I’ve ever had and I’ve tried a bunch!


I called for the manager to praise him and his staff and he was actually really excited and pleased.  The manager, Kevin Owner was truly a great guy and we enjoyed talking burger craft!  He filled me iron the history of the franchise and i was shocked to hear they have 150 or so franchises.  You can bet I will be looking for some more of these as aI travel and with three days left in Hilton Head, I will be back to this one a few more times!  If you’re in Hilton head Island, South Carolina please check them out at their address is below!



So grab a cold beer…….



….and bite into one of these incredible burgers…..



and be sure and tell Kevin I said Hi!


Congratulations Wayback, you’ve done what few have, crafted the near perfect burger!!!!




the pilgrim



6 months, 3 weeks ago 4
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One thing about being a gun guy or gal is you will do a lot of trading.  You see something you always wanted, buy it and after a while you fall out of love with it and move it on for something different!  Carry guns are different, you don’t really take them to the gun range and shoot them a lot, but enough to be really good with them!  They are harder on your hand with their lighter weight, they often have pretty good recoil.  A carry gun is mostly for just in case situations.  Situations you pray will never happen!!


My carry/car gun for several years has been the Smith & Wesson Shield 9mm.  It is  good gun, very reliable, fairly compact, but I really hated the trigger.  I traded it for the gun above, the H&K VP9sk.  This is a bigger gun, heavier gun but with a great trigger, and not carries 2 more rounds, 10.  I may still get something very compact for t-shirt carry, but I love this pistol.


It’s hard to beat H&K quality.  This one is the LE variant, with night sights and  it came with 3 – 10 round magazines, two with the very comfortable pinky extensions.  I will try carrying it for a while and see how it goes.  At the range, in combat type firing, (one shot a second or faster), I was able to keep all shots in a 6″ area from 7 yards, 20 times.  Not sharpshooter territory, but perfectly adequate for close range emergency shooting.


I will keep you updated on how the H&K is doing for it’s intended purpose!




the pilgrim

6 months, 3 weeks ago 6
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Sherelene has a medical conference in Hilton Head Island this week so we drove down to Amelia Island, Florida yesterday.  We will relax and visit family for the next few days and then drive back up to South Carolina for her conference.  I will be in rest mode!!!  I only brought the X-H1 and the 18-55 and 55-200 for just shooting anything that interests me.  I did bring the drone and hope to do some aerial images, if I can get off the couch!!!! August and September will be busy back in the office getting everything prepared for the busy fall that lies ahead; the Badlands, UP of Michigan, Acadia and two November workshops in the Great Smokies!


I’ve missed working with Jack this summer but have sure enjoyed my family!  I’m inching closer to really retiring, but still have that urge to go out and shoot.  I will share anything I get in Amelia with you guys, but it’s a very relaxed trip so I’m not sure how much I will be inspired to do!!!


This morning Sherelene and I were having breakfast on the balcony of our room on the beach and I saw this very small scene, in my field of vision.  The X-H1 and 55-200 were just enough to compose it.  It felt very patriotic too see the two flags flying on the beach walkway!  I’ll call this one, “American Morning”!


So, I will get showered and go hunting for some more images, or, take a nap!  Vacations sure are nice!




the pilgrim