June - September 2017
  • Day65

    Lititz, Pennsylvania

    September 1, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Lancaster County, PA for a taste of countryside. When I say taste, I mean we had some excellent food such as Tomato Pie (at Tomato Pie Cafe in Lititz), great breakfasts (see chocolate bacon pix), pretzels and so on. Truly a wonderful area to visit.

    Our Airbnb hosts had converted an old chapel into a home and Airbnb stop and shared stories of their conversion from a chapel with outhouse into an open feeling home with repurposed stone floor and fireplace, as well as stained glass windows. They did most of the work themselves, in between their work as church leadership trainers in places like China and a daughter in Botswana (other grown kids as well).

    Other stops included the Green Dragon farmers market (very big), a trip to Intercourse PA to see some miniature horses, and of course covered bridges. This area has a tremendous amount of religion, including numerous Mennonite, Methodist, Lutheran and unaffiliated churches, even more than South Carolina with the many Baptist churches. The Amish don't have formal church buildings; their farms are lovely, the children are adorable and watching them plow the fields with their mules makes me realize what hard work it is.
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  • Day63

    Back to Lowell .... for a day

    August 30, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    House clean out to finish, pick up my car, new tires, hug Glenna, get up date on Arielle and Ania's new boyfriends, sign papers for house closing, and dinner with our friends Ann Ludlow and Dave Kuzara. On the road after about 24 hours in Lowell.Read more

  • Day62

    Charlston, SC

    August 29, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    On the road again

    While Dunbar attends "summer camp", Dale and Cathy are heading for another road trip, this time to Branson Missouri. Not by a direct route--that would be too easy. No, first we drive 2 1/2 hours to Charleston for our flight, then we do a day of house closing business in Lowell, THEN we drive to Branson to celebrate my mom's 90th birthday. This drive is 20 hours, followed by 16 hours back home to Little River, SC.

    But we also get to see our daughter, Glenna.

    First stop after TSA was a beer for Dale.

    More to come.
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  • Day56

    On Break from Travel: Tabor City, NC

    August 23, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 26 °C

    House hunting, RV troubles, and hot weather

    On arriving at our campgrounds, we found that the hydraulics used to set up need replacement. Good Sam insurance found us a mechanic but still working the issue.

    Meanwhile, its been hot and steamy in the low country--typical for August. Getting used to it but loving the 2 air conditioning units in our RV.

    And, after looking at many houses, we found a house in Little River. Very excited, pictures after we close on it in mid-Sept.
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  • Day32

    Burly Bill's BBQ... in Marietta, SC

    July 30, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    Dig the Pig.

    Its BBQ day and we couldn't have picked a better place: Burly Bill's BBQ. Only open Friday, Sat., and Sunday, its a food truck like setup next to Rte. 11 in Marietta, SC.

    Beef Briskit, Pulled Pork, baked Beans, slaw, and of course Dr. Pepper. Oh my goodness, it was great.Read more

  • Day29

    Solitude Pointe... in Cleveland, SC

    July 27, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Friends, Mountains, and Bourbon

    Up in the SC mountains near towns such as Pumpkintown, Cleveland, and Travelers Rest, is a small jewel of an RV and cabin resort called Solitude Pointe. Quiet, nice spots, spotless showers and 5-bars ATT cell phone service--can't ask for more.

    Our friends Sandy and Paul joined us for a few nights, renting a cabin across from our RV site. Paul and Dale are bourbon buddies from way back, starting before we were married 36 years ago and surviving through a 5 day Kentucky Bourbon Trail trip. Armed with 1792 Bourbon, Corn Whiskey, and the tools of BBQing, Paul and Dale have produced steak dinners and great hamburgers. Sandy and I roasted marshmallows.

    Dunbar was not allowed in guest cabins so he supervised from atop the dashboard of our RV.
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  • Day24

    Biltmore Village... in Asheville, NC

    July 22, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    We liked this town when we visited a few years ago, so.......we're back! There were NO RV sites available (this is the busy season) so we treated ourselves to a weekend at a dog-friendly Hilton.

    Our 20-year old RV chugs up the hills pretty slowly, even though Asheville is only about 2100 ft. It hangs out in the slow lane with other RVs and the occasional truck but we will have to give serious thought before taking it on a mountainous route. Old Rex (for Rexhall) is having a rest this weekend while we luxuriate in the hotel.

    Biltmore Village is next to the Biltmore Estate and was built to house workers on the estate. Charming and great to walk around, we found the Well-Bred Bakery as one of our favorite places to eat. It has outdoor dining so Dunbar did well on those accidental crumbs that were dropped.
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  • Day22

    Lake Norman, North Carolina

    July 20, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 28 °C

    What's here: Boats, Lakeside, and lots of fun

    A Dale-selected layover at Lake Norman has proved to be inspired. We have a lovely view of the lake (Lake Norman RV Resort), a resort with a lakeside bar, and all the entertainment of watching this boat culture set in the middle of North Carolina.

    Lots of building going on and with the lake having a maze of inlets and coves, almost everyone has a lakeside home--usually largish with a dock and a boat waiting to play with. We went to the Blue Parrot for dinner (dog-friendly) and enjoyed watching the 20-somethings pull up to the dock on their jet skis, and older groups in their boats and pontoon boats come alongside to have dinner at the bar and hang out. Inevitably one of the jet skis would capsize--are they really made for 3 or 4?--while their buddies took off down the lake. We could just envision Glenna and her buddy Arielle loving it.

    My idea of local food is biscuits and grits, but Dale was brave enough to try livermush for breakfast. As its name implies, its a combination of pigs liver, cornmeal and 'head parts'.
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