My first trip to North Carolina has been a quick one.  I did have part of Saturday to explore the backroads near Charlotte.   Someday, as with every destination I’ve been fortunate to travel to for the Press Democrat, I would like to spend a few days getting to know the area.

Herbie finds a resting place in a VW bug graveyard just outside Charlotte, Saturday Jan. 11, 2014. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2014

A mural in Cherryville, N.C. Saturday Jan. 11, 2014. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2014

An Italian-American restaurant in Cherryville N.C., Saturday Jan. 11, 2014. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2014

Train Depot, Shelby N.C. Saturday Jan. 11, 2014. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2014

Cotton gin, Waco N.C. Saturday Jan. 11, 2014. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2014

Fish Camp restaurant near Mooresville N.C., Saturday Jan. 11, 2014. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2014

Hay and old house, Saturday Jan. 11, 2014. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2014

Breaking storm, near Lincolton, N.C., Saturday Jan. 11, 2014. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2014

In Shelby N.C. a small church, Saturday Jan. 11, 2014. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2014

Shelby, N.C., Saturday Jan. 11, 2014. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2014

Thousands of churches dot the landscape of North Carolina, Saturday Jan. 11, 2014. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2014

Clearing storm near Cliffside, N.C., Saturday Jan. 11, 2014. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2014

Sunset and a 30's area truck in Cliffside, N.C., Saturday Jan. 11, 2014. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2014

-Kent Porter