My first visit to the charming town of Aiken, smack, dab in the heart of South Carolina horse country,
was a mix of emotions. One of my dear pals from college was laid to rest last week in this land he'd loved for so many years of his life. Many, many friends showed up to pay their respects, share endless memories, and honor this good man. At the same time visitors had the opportunity to savor the sweetness of Aiken, never mind the sad occasion that brought us together in the first place. Our friend would be pleased we came to know, even just a little bit, this heavenly place on earth that meant so much to him. May he R.I.P., and may we have many chances to come back to Aiken, SC.