bynum, north carolina

bynum, north carolina, originally uploaded by minervacat.

We’ve spent a lot of time puttering around in Chatham County recently — Chatham being the county that abuts Orange County, home to the CH and Carrboro, on the … southeast edge? I have to go look at a map to figure that out — and it’s really beautiful, in its own rural, decaying sort of way. I am never surprised, in Chatham County, to find buildings almost entirely grown over by weeds, or tagged by generations of Chatham County teenagers; delighted, but never surprised. There’s surburban corporate sprawl in Chatham County, to be sure, but it seems to be between the towns themselves, leaving these tiny rural towns in their beautiful vintage peace.

Yesterday we went to the Haw River Festival to see the Never play a quick set. It was sunny and breezy, hot but not quite yet the variety unbearable like the summers here can get. Bynum is a gorgeous little town full of the sort of old buildings and scenery that make my photographic fingers itch, and I’m glad we had a chance to discover it.

Today, off to Raleigh to Doak Field to watch Carolina and State play the rubber match in their weekend series. One of those fast-moving thunderstorms that looks like it’s going to end the world cooled everything here off yesterday, and I think it’s going to be a good day. (Even if the Harv is pitching, damn his stupid face.)

chatham county: haw river state park

Wonderfully secret — although, I suspect, not secret to Chatham County teenagers looking to drink illegally — clearing by the Haw River, at the end of a 3/4 mile hike. Although if it were me, I would not swim in the Haw, but apparently some people do.

So quiet you could just barely hear traffic. Really beautiful and peaceful.