Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Catching Up

Sometimes time just get's away from you and this has been one of those times. Our week in Sunset Beach,North Carolina was spent just kinda hanging around taking a couple trips to the Beach. We decided to just buy a new spare for the trailer right now and get to Florida before buying new tires.We ordered the tire at Coastal Tire Company and pulled it to their shop on the day we left for Charleston to have it installed.They did a great job for us and the bill was less than we expected so that started our day off in the right direction. Our trip was only a little over 120 miles so we were in no hurry but ultimately were glad we got a somewhat early start as we had several small towns to go through at 35 MPH. That put us in Charleston at the Oak Plantation RV Park around 1 p.m. I must add, Sally our GPS system is NOT a Southern girl.We have had to rely on paper maps more than once since coming south.She is two years old and needs updated or replaced but she works most of the time so we will hang on to her.No Sally, Wal-Mart is not on that Highway overpass!
Our Site

We had only planned on two days in Charleston but extended one day because we wanted to take a second tour that interested us.The first one was a points of interest tour of downtown Charleston and the tour guide was very informative.The only complaint I have is the tour was time scripted so there weren't many opportunities to ask questions as the bus had to keep on the move by City Ordinance.We were able to make one stop at the Harbor to get better pictures.
Beautiful Old Buildings
Old Fire tower used to watch for fires in early years
No building can be taller than this SteepleCobblestone street used to be a canal
Firehouse still in operation
Modern trucks are built to fit doors so they can keep historic value
I like the idea they preserved the history of the city.

The next day we drove back to Charleston Harbor and boarded a ferry to go to Fort Sumpter National Monument.This fort is the spot where the first shots were fired in the Civil War.They preserved as much as possible after the war damage.

Fort Sumpter

Sail Boat we passed on way back to dock
U.S.S. Yorktown National Museum

Both these Tours are well worth the money and we enjoyed them a lot.Both can be done in one day but we don't like to leave Buddy alone that long and the tour company gives you the option of splitting the tours even though it's a package deal.

Our next stop is Hardeeville RV Park near Hardeeville, South Carolina.It's actually closer To Savannah,Georgia which is what we wanted.Our site is big and nicely shaded but I did have to put the Satellite dish about 50 feet away in a clearing to get a good signal.I knew carrying all that extra cable would pay off some day. This is a good spot to stay to visit Savannah and the area.

Our first day trip was a visit to Hilton Head Island to play on the beach.Hilton Head is pretty upper class but very nice and accessible. Of course Linda loves the ocean and the beach and Buddy likes going even though he won't go in the water.It's fun to watch him go to the edge of the water and then run when the waves come in.
Public Beach Entrance

Another Beach

Yesterday we decided to drive over to Tybee Island to see how it compared to Hilton Head. Maybe it's just us but we were not impressed at all.We never could find access to the Beach without having to pay to park(that's not happening), so we did drive around a little to find the Lighthouse that was supposed to be there which we did find traveling through some somewhat run down neighborhoods.The whole area had that abandoned feel and we kinda see why.

Since that was a little disappointing we decided to stop in Savannah and park downtown and do our own walking tour of the area.Linda had wanted to eat at one of Paula Deans Restaurants but it is so popular the reservation process is way to involved to mess with so we settled for taking pictures and walking around downtown Savannah.
The Lady and Sons Restaurant

Ellis Square, Savannah
Very pet friendly

Me and Marilyn
Linda,Buddy and Flower Wagon

Bar called 'The Velvet Elvis"

We enjoyed our own little self guided tour and even though we didn't get the commentary of a structured tour we got the feel of the city and saved $ 50.00 which is a good thing. In a couple days we will be moving on to our winter home this year in Wilderness RV Park in Silver Springs, Florida.Later on my cousin Laurel and her Husband Ron are going to join us for a while so we can enjoy the sights of Florida together.We are looking forward to it. I'm going to work hard on getting a good price on a ticket to the Daytona 500 in February.I would really like to go but some of the prices I've seen so far make it prohibitive.We will just cross that bridge when we get there.Until next time we will continue Chasing A Rainbow.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

From The Mountains To The Ocean

We left Zooland RV park near Ashboro around 8 A.M. and made the short 50 mile drive to Cross Winds Family Campground near Linwood ,North Carolina to spend the week so I could get my NASCAR fix.What a great Campground ran by a very nice couple.We took a site in the open so we could set up our Satellite dish.There are sites "in the woods" if you want.

Our Site
Check In
Fishing Pond
Site in the woods

I spent one day visiting some NASCAR stuff while Linda and Buddy relaxed at home.My first stop was Dale Earnhardt JR's shop where I observed but could not get a picture of the #3 Wrangler he drove to victory earlier this year and got a small look inside the shop.Didn't buy any memorabilia as it's to costly and no room anyway when you live in an RV.The second stop was Michael Waltrip Racing which was an impressive and fan friendly facility.It was set up on a catwalk system where you could look down on every aspect of the work going on in this 200,000 square foot shop. I could have spent all day just watching the 250 mechanics doing their jobs.My last stop for the day was the NASCAR Hall Of Fame in Charlotte.This is a massive building housing the history including many cars,and other pertinent pieces of history.Although I enjoyed it I felt it was a little to commercialized as it cost $18.00 to get in but many of the interactive displays you had to pay extra.Seems for almost $20.00 per person they could let you do the whole experience without paying more...Or maybe I'm just a cheapskate :).Still a great experience.

Waltrip Racing
Outside JR Motorsports

" 500" Trophy's
Car on Chassis Dyno that
duplicates different tracks

Spare Cup cars
Spare Nationwide cars
"The King's" car
Very Early NASCAR car
Red Byron

Bill France
Actual cars depicting banking
at Talladega

On Sunday we took a drive to see the fall colors on the Blue Ridge Parkway.What a beautiful drive.At the overlooks we talked with several people who were very intrigued when we mentioned we traveled full time and lived in our RV. You could tell they wished they had the nerve to try it.We had a good laugh at one lady though, who had no clue that you could live in a "camper" When we told her it was 40 feet long with three slide outs,had two tv's ,a shower, and all the comforts of home she could not get a grasp of the concept.One picture I took is what Howard Payne calls the obligatory "dead tree picture" the other showed the changing colors of the leaves.The locals said this year was not very colorful due to lack of rain this summer but we thought it was pretty anyway.

We left Linwood around 7:30 a.m this morning headed for Sunset Beach, North Carolina and we are now within 5 miles of Linda's beloved Ocean.The car pictures will soon be replaced by ones of different places between here and Silver Springs,Florida where we will be November 1st.It's now time to go places Linda has wanted to go.She has been an angel letting me see my things and it's her turn.The last picture is Linda getting her feet wet in the Atlantic,so we have now been from "sea to shining sea"

We had our first tire blowout on the way here today.Luckily there was no damage to the trailer at all which is pretty unusual.We had been pressing our luck anyway with the cheap Chinese tires they put on the trailer.Not sure what we are going to do, as new Michelin's which should be on it will take a big bite of our budget but then again what price can you put on safety? We are risk takers though, so I might just buy one tire as a spare and take my chances until we get to Florida.We will mull it over and see.Not going to stress out about it much for a day or so.Time to relax,enjoy and continue Chasing A Rainbow.

You should have seen the
smile on her face

Monday, October 4, 2010

Rain-Rain Go away...Finally

Our stay in Mt. Airy was pretty much restricted by constant rain. Sounds like it was much needed though so that's o.k. We had one nice day and went into town to see the Mayberry themed attractions. It's kinda the typical touristy thing but still interesting to see.Floyds Barber Shop and Wally's Gas Station were fun to see. The campground is fairly new and pretty but Buddy did not like it here at all.Could have been the weather but sometimes he just does not like some places.

Our Site

We were on Andy Taylor Dr.

Old Original Farm House

This shows size of park
51 Ford Taxi Cab
Floyds Barber Shop
Old Country Store
Wally's Gas Station You can
Buy a tour in Sheriff Car

We have been in Asheboro for 4 days now in a park we really like.Buddy has taken ownership of this one and will be upset when we leave tomorrow.This has been a relax and get our budget on track stay, as this park is nice and very reasonably priced.Friday was our 27th Anniversary so we went into Asheboro looking for a nice place to eat.We found a place called America's Roadhouse and it was excellent Sea Food and very reasonably priced.The appetizers listed Alligator Tips and Frog Legs but we passed.We have had Frog Legs before but Alligator doesn't sound very good to either of us.Linda had Crab Cakes and I had Coconut Shrimp with all the trimmings.Linda gave me her Hush Puppies..YUM.The next day we went into town to the Fall Festival.We have been looking for a wooden plaque with our names on it and figured there might be a booth there.There was but being the cheap skates we are decided $ 40.00 was to much.Our luck we'll never find one that cheap again.:).This town has a population of 25,000 but 100,000 people come to the Festival every year.There were booths for everything you need and a lot you didn't.Tomorrow we move to Linwood, North Carolina(only 50 Miles away) so I can be closer to the Charlotte area for my NASCAR fix.Again we are Chasing A Rainbow.

Festival goes on for blocks
Our Site
Big truck..Smart Car

Nice Fishing Pond by our Site