UP ON TOP OF THE HILL THE SUNDIAL AND TIME LINE FACING
THE TAR RIVER IN GREENVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA.
AS THE EARTH EVOLVES AROUND THE SUN THERE IS A ECCENTRICITY TO THE EARTH'S ORBIT. THIS ECCENTRICITY RESULTS INmA DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE APPARENT SOLAR TIME AND THE ACTUAL TIME. THIS DIFFERENCE IS DEFINED BY THE EQUATION OF TIME. THE EQUATION OF TIME IS THE SUM OF TWO OFFSET SIDE CURVES WITH PERIODS OF ONE YEAR AND SIX MONTHS RESPECTIVELY TO CORRECT FOR THIS DIFFERENCE.FIND THE DATE ON THE GRAPH ABOVE AND ADD OR SUBTRACT THE NUMBER OF MINUTES TO OBTAIN THE ACTUAL TIME FROM THAT OF THE APPARENT SOLAR TIME ON THE SUNDIAL.
PUT YOUR FEET ON THE DATELINE CAST YOUR SHADOW INTO TIME
The area in Greenville, North Carolina we will be exploring, is called the Town Commons and is an open air area with an amphitheater for musical concerts and also a Greenway Trail that travels along the Tar River.
The river can be used for recreational purposes and having a boat in Greenville gives you access to and an opportunity to cruise the Tar River.
Just how deep the river is on a normal day, I do not know but there are the current stats at river-depth.com. On October 10, it was 18 feet high and October 17 it was up to 22 feet. I believe the term is cresting when it reaches its highest point, this occurred on October 14 at 24 feet.
Having the fencing in this area made me feel secure and also highlighted the local connection with the locks. Love locks apparently are a known phenom around the world. I have seen the ones in Paris and Florence and here is a link to Wikipedia love locks, that lists the more well known bridges that have at one time contained these locks, many have been removed but they are something to see and I suppose something to do to proclaim your love. Maybe you have seen them and did not now what they were.
Walking along the river, you also are given a history lesson and the most current affair prior to Hurricane Matthew was Hurricane Floyd and it did some damage to this area in 1999. Hurricane Matthew has been recorded as the rising of the Tar River to 24 feet, Floyd went to height of 30 feet. Look at the marking on the lamp post and you can see just how high above this walkway it went. I am actually standing about 3 feet above the walkway over a small retaining wall. If you Google, Town Commons, Greenville, NC you can find some postings of photographs of this area October 2016.
Further down the path you come across the Parker Truss Bridge that once crossed the Tar River on Greene Street. It was built in 1927 to honor the Veterans of World War I. It was moved to this location in 2002 and it begins the Greenville Greenway Trail.
The trail is used for walking, jogging, biking and skateboarding and I might add some spectacular views of the river along with the signage to educate you along the way, so take your time and absorb the atmosphere, it brings you closer to the river.
What is a trip down south without enjoying the beauty of a magnificent Magnolia Tree? Growing up so close to the river, made this one the biggest magnolia tree I ever saw.
Then there is the infamous Spanish Moss. How much do you know about Spanish Moss? Prepare to be educated.
There are many hidden treasures along the Greenville Greenway. You can learn about the Tar River during the Civil War and the Confederates.
Waterworks and the Tar River including, why is the water brown?
The Lock on the Tar River used to control the flow of the water.
There is a lot to learn about the area and I know you can not readily read the signs but I don't want to spoil the adventure completely. This is a journey you may want to take yourself on in Grenville, North Carolina. I hope Hurricane Matthew did not do too much damage to the area. People worked very hard to make this an enjoyable area. I am glad I took that path.
My daughter graduated from ECU in May 2016, the school was closed for at least a week due to Hurricane Matthew flooding in the nearby area in October 2016. Some of the students that lived close to Tar River had to evacuate and leave the area. To graduate in May,my daughter had to take one additional credit class during the summer session, she chose "Building a Canoe". When she made this decision, I rolled my eyes and thought, what significance would this course have on her education and life skills for the rest of her life. I stand corrected and educated. The local newspaper, Daily Reflector covered the class. It is a fun video if you would like to learn about building a canoe and how that experience can elevate you to another level. There is always a lesson to be learned.
Boat Building with ECU by the Daily Reflector, June 2016
There is a happy ending, more polyurethane and this boat was on its way to Grad School and the boat floats in Texas. The canoe docks in the living room of her 2nd floor apartment. I can sympathize with parents of students in the area. Maybe you want to think about the canoe course. I think they are going to offer it again. Go Pirates!