Thursday, May 31, 2012

5/31: Thursday. 84 degrees outside as I'm typing this in the Lowe's parking lot in Jacksonville, North Carolina. We've decided to go to New Bern tomorrow as they're having dragon boat races Saturday morning and fireworks that night. Something different. 

5/30: Wednesday. Last night we got lots of rain from tropical storm Beryl. Our spot wasn't as bad as some in the campground, but still Curt was pretty wet unhooking and putting everything away. We went on to Shallott, North Carolina and stopped at Lowe's as he wanted to look for some fittings. I decided not to follow him around the store and stayed in the RV and read.  Lowe's also as free guest wi-fi, so I looked for places/things to do. After that we went to Walmart which as about 2 miles away. Got an easy cache there.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

5/29:  Tuesday. Crossed in to North Carolina, but we were on a smaller road so didn't have the "Welcome" sign, only the state sign. Went to Carrollwoods Campground and Grapefull Sisters Vineyard in Tabor City, North Carolina, right near the border of North and South. It's a Passport America campground, half-price. They have a vineyard and wine tasting, and campground, so don't have to worry about drinking and driving. It's a small place, only about a dozen sites, but it's full hookups. I washed clothes and this time took the wet clothes to the laundry room and dried them there so we don't have half-wet ones lying around to dry. I hung the towels over the picnic table to dry. We got to taste 8 different wines, and did buy 1 bottle. It's funny though, when we opened the bottle later on tonight, we don't remember it tasting like that!  They grow grapes here, but don't process them here, so we didn't get to see how that's done. Got the bread machine out and chicken in the crock pot. Nice relaxing evening.

5/28: Monday. Memorial Day. Went drove along the beaches north and south of Myrtle Beach. Not really the day of the year to be doing this - the town and beaches were very busy. You see every type of person there. The sand was really hot; it felt good walking in the water. Found 3 caches.

5/27: Sunday. Spent the day just lying around in Georgetown, SC.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

5/26: Saturday. Happy birthday Korene!

We took the Jeep to Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. It cost $18 each to get in. We also bought tickets for the cruise to Fort Sumter National Monument, which cost $17 each. (The only way there is by boat.) The next cruise wasn't going until 1:30, we got there about 11, so we went on board the ship which is basically a museum. They have self-guided tours. We walked through there until 1 and then went to the cruise ship to get on that. It takes about half an hour to get to the fort on the ship. We could spend an hour there, and then back to the dock again. It was interesting visiting both places. The ship was huge. We went back to that after we got back from the fort. There was a smaller ship there also which we toured. The submarine was closed for maintenance. The ship needs lots of work if they want to keep it from rusting apart. The fort was interesting also. I've never seen so many canons. I did a virtual cache there and a geocaching challenge at the ship.

We had been listening to the weather; tropical storm Beryl is coming around the George/South Carolina coast. We decided to go more inland and went to Goose Creek, South Carolina. There's a Pilot fuel station in Summerville which is only a few miles from this, and we couldn't find any stations near by that looks easy for an RV to get in and out of.

5/25: Friday. We moved in to South Carolina and went to Mount Pleasant, near Charleston. It is hot and humid.

Friday, May 25, 2012

5/24: Thursday. We went to the River Walk, Savannah. Should've gone in the morning, not afternoon, as it was very hot. When we got back to the RV, it was in the 90s inside. Lots of stores, restaurants, monuments, ships. A lot like the one in New Orleans, but still interesting.  We did some geocaching challenges and a virtual. We decided to stay the night again here, but, after watching a suspicious vehicle, and no other trucks or RVs in the parking lot tonight, decided to go to a different place. We picked Poole, Georgia and I'm glad we did. There were 2 semis and about 5 RVs in their lot for the night. Ah, safety in numbers.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

05/23: Wednesday. Spent most of the last two days getting caught up on the blog, on pictures and loaded tons on to Facebook. Found some geocaching challenges to do. Got our part this morning via UPS. Put it in, seems to work, on we go. We had a thunderstorm last night, glad we were at a park. Sounds like there was hail near by. We stopped at Savannah, Georgia Sam's Club/Walmart for the night. I think we'll do some caching and go to the River Walk tomorrow.

Monday, May 21, 2012

5/21: Monday. We decided to stay at the campground until we can get the battery maintainer thing from Kentucky UPS 2nd day air. So, hopefully Wednesday AM it will be here if it gets shipped out today. We can only use our Passport America rate of $14 two nights here, so full rate of $28 after that. So it's time to catch up on blog and pictures and all things internet needed today and tomorrow. Curt put in the new backup camera this morning.

5/20: Sunday.  Crossed in to Georgia today, stopped at the visitor's center across the border. As we were looking through the brochures, a man came in asking the lady at the desk if the storm was at Savannah yet. That opened up our ears, as we are going in that direction. Evidently tropical storm Alberto is off shore northern Florida, southern Georgia. We listened to the weather channel they had on there. It sounds like it's mostly rain where we would be, but since we don't really know what to expect, we decided to find a campground in the area and spend the night and go over the brochures we had picked up. It started raining as we left the visitor's center.We went to A Big Wheel RV Park, which is a Passport America park, $14, with full hookups. Not a bad price, compared to our last night of no hookups for $15-something.  We pulled in around 1 or so. There's an old house right at the approach that should be torn down; we weren't sure when we saw that if we wanted to stay or not! But, pulled up to the office. There is a note on their door that we are to just pull in to a spot and they'll catch up to us. We pulled in to #4 and got settled. Around 3 a man knocked on our door and invited us to their Sunday night potluck. Curt decided to go out and wash the motorhome and Jeep off after it quit raining. I washed a load of clothes.

5/19: Saturday. On to Jacksonville.  We decided to go to Camping World there, and if we can't park there, there is a Walmart next door. Land is definitely different now. We're not along the coast, flat, with cattle and horses. Still lots of trees though. We're back on interstate now, which we haven't been for quite a while. They have call boxes every mile. Haven't seen that before. Concrete in their ditches. Some time along the way we crossed into Eastern time. We missed the turn for Camping World, but I don't think we could have gotten in any way. It's a really small area to park in. We went around the area and parked in the Walmart lot.  The Camping World sells and services RVs, so there's a big lot in their backyard that is full of RVs, surrounded by a fence. That should have been a telltale sign for us, the chain link fence also has the barb wire on top.  But, we just figured they don't want people climbing over and destroying things. We saw a security patrol driving around, which is nothing new for Walmarts. I made some chip dip. Curt wanted to look for some stuff in Walmart, so we went in there for a while. I had 2 eggs left, so I decided to hard boil them. The security guy stopped and said that we were not in the best area of town, that  he would not stay there, but we could if we wanted; there was a night patrol that will be on duty. We called Huguenot Memorial Park Campground, which we had looked in to before but since it was late we had decided we didn't want to pay. The security guy that answered said that if we got there by 9:30 and had cash, we would get a spot yet. There were just a few left. Needless to say, we found the address and took off right away.  My eggs were about half done, put the kettle in the sink, and away we went.  Huguenot is a small campground taken care of by the city, I believe. It was full of younger people, mostly tenters. Wasn't level at all. Had a view of the water though. It reminded me of our days at Andrus Resort in North Dakota. Young, having fun, fire pits. Except here no alcohol was allowed. At least it was safe. There were people fishing by the bridges nearby in the dark. The security guy said that  when high tide comes, it brings a lot of good fish in, that's why. And, my hard boiled eggs were done just right. 

5/18: Friday. The title company e-mailed us the paperwork we need to sign and said closing would be this afternoon. So we found a Wells Fargo bank and went there to sign and have it notarized. Then came back and scanned the papers and e-mailed them back. Went to the post office and mailed them. Once this all goes through, we will be house-less. Went along the coast. These beaches are not near what the others were. Very little fanciness to it. Lots of places for sale. We stopped at Perry Florida Walmart.

5/17:  Thursday. We found out that we are closing on the house at 3:00 today, and that we would have to sign papers and overnight them back, so we decided to stay here another night. We moved to a different part. Fedex is only a couple blocks from here and the post office is just a block away.  The bank called and said they didn't have the paperwork done for the house closing, it would have to be rescheduled for either Friday or Monday. She said the title company was busy tomorrow, Friday, but they would see if the could work it in. She would let us know tomorrow. Decided to do some geocaching.

5/16: Wednesday. I have to go through the pictures from day-to-day to remember what we did . I need to write things down if I can't get on the blog.  More bridges, more beaches, lots of and and water. There were not many areas for the RV to park along the coast like we had previously. There's a lot of sand along the highways, a car even had gotten too far over and was stuck. (Luckily not us.) We stayed at Walmart in Lynne Haven overnight. It looks fairly new.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

5/15: Tuesday. This morning we got moving earlier so we could watch the Blue Angels practice at 8:30. They were already started by the time we got through security and parked. We were kind of wondering about security as we have a bunch of boxes and stuff packed in the Jeep covered with a blanket. They only asked for ID. I've never seen the Blue Angels before; it was a good show. After that we went through the National Naval Aviation Museum. That place is huge. We could have spent a lot more time there, but we wanted to go to the fort and lighthouse yet before we got back to the campground; which we had to check out of by 1:00. We toured Fort Barrancas and then the Pensacola Lighthouse. We didn't take the time to walk up the 177 steps to the top. We got back to the campground and filled water and then spent the rest of the afternoon in the park. They had some parking areas and pavilions and a beach area to walk in. Found a cache there. There was a vitual cache at the museum and Fort also. After that we headed north/east to Gulf Breeze Walmart.