Photo Post 8: The Sno-Cap at Sunset

Slightly omitted from the previous chapter was the reality that this trip to Columbia was not a complete success at all, especially on the wallet. The previous day, I had my tires rotated, and I then celebrated our arrival at the children’s museum by mounting the curb and blowing one of them. At first, I would have said that Columbia’s not a good city to be looking for obscure tires for a weird little Mazda on a Saturday afternoon, but then I got home and looked up my tires and learned that I was lucky to find one at all. Even the big Kaufmann Tires chain has only three in all of Georgia. Anyway, I drove around and around. Businesses started closing and I was hobbling around on the spare doughnut going from store to store looking for something to use. It took two and a half hours to find the tire, then I collected Marie and the baby, and hit the three restaurants that we wanted to see.

Suddenly it struck me that we had quite a drive ahead of us and we were more than an hour behind schedule. I desperately wanted to get to a classic drive-in that’s just on the Carolina side of the state line before the sun went down. I read about Sno-Cap over at Chopped Onion and really wanted to photograph it before nightfall.

I didn’t do this place any kind of justice, but I wanted to share what I could shoot as I lost the light. It’s a beautiful old joint that’s been in business since 1964, and they host classic car shows and motorcycle shows once a month. Inside, it is standard fast food offerings. We didn’t eat – we were fairly satisfied by Columbia and were anticipating a stop in Augusta at a place that turned out to be closed – but we got a root beer float to go and it was pretty good.

SNO-CAP Drive-In on Urbanspoon

You can see all the restaurants that we have visited for our blog on this map, with links back to the original blog posts. It’s terrific for anybody planning a road trip through the southeast!

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