Hello out there in blog land! It has been some time since I visited with you and I have traveler’s tales from a vacation the end of October. Sis and I do enjoy traveling together and have similar views and likes so it goes well. Stage one was getting out of the house, no mean feat as neither one of us has learned to travel lightly. Watching travel shows where the host dangles a little pack from his hand containing all the necessities of life for 4 weeks strikes me as odd.
Yes, we can stop and purchase whatever we need at a handy neighborhood Walmart, but why should we have to buy a replacement item when we already have another one right here that can be tucked into the suitcase? I am also an…ahem…unusual size and have to buy clothing in a couple of stores that aren’t quite as ubiquitous as WM. So if I need another blouse or pair of slacks, I can’t just run into a nearby chain store and get something off the rack.
Sis has a cute smallish car that is amazingly roomy on the inside so there is always room for one more thing. Almost always. No wonder we prefer car vacations.
This was the first year we traveled primarily by GPS. Sis has an iPhone with the AT&T Navigator app. It works well, but you have to double check it because if you choose shortest route you may be driving through someone’s back yard on the way to the neighbor’s field to cut off a mile or so from the distance. This happened to us returning home from a visit to our brother. We wanted off the interstate because I-75 Southbound on the Sunday following a major holiday weekend is not for the faint of heart, or those unwilling to spend a few hours in 3 lanes of a parking lot. We followed the iPhone and it lead us to a state highway to a county road to a gravel road to a dirt road. You can imagine our relief when the dirt road ended at a state highway. We had no idea what might be coming next – a deer path, perhaps?
Fastest means you will be driving interstate. Even if you have to drive 10 miles in the other direction to get to the interstate and 10 miles to get from the interstate to your destination. I did learn to use the different features of the GPS to prove that yes, we were following reasonable and logical directions. Is this sense of victory I felt a bit odd?
The first day of marathon driving finally ended in the northern part of SC and found a motel for a much-needed night of rest. At breakfast the next morning Sis spotted a baby. Sis is a Baby Whisperer. Babies love her and she loves babies. They are simply enamored with her, and this little boy was no different. He was with his Dad and we all had a nice visit while the adults finished their breakfast. Time for getting on the road again!
It wasn’t long and we noticed a roadside sign directing us to the last remaining covered bridge in South Carolina, Campbell’s Covered Bridge. It was only 11 miles off the highway so we detoured, and so glad we did! What a lovely little park and covered bridge a short walk from the parking area.
The goal for the day was Ceasars Head State Park in South Carolina. It is on a very wind-y road with switchbacks and beautiful views. Not too many guard rails and the drop off is a bit close to the road for those with altitude issues. Sis likes to drive in the mountains simply because it DOES bother her and driving helps keep the motion sickness under control. She also thinks I spend too much time looking at the scenery and not the road. No problem. As passenger I get to look at the scenery all the time and take pictures.
Apples were in season and we stopped and bought a small bagful from a man on the side of the road. Cameo apples were a new variety for us, and they were so good we bought more before heading back to Florida. YUM.
Since we arrived on a beautiful, clear Sunday and the leaves were changing, there were LOTS of people in the park and finding a parking place was a challenge. You must get out and walk out on the overlook. It was a stunning view.
Some cousins have a vacation home just over the border into North Carolina and we stopped by to see if they were home- nope. We missed them by a few hours. The dam our grandfather and great-grandfather helped build was a few miles farther along the road so that was our next destination. Here is a picture of the falls over the top of the dam.
The end of the first day of sightseeing! More vacation pictures and stories coming.