Mom and I woke up to an absolutely gorgeous sunrise on Thursday and I was very excited about seeing my oldest Daughter. We had plans to spend a week with her back in April 2016 but broke our shackle as we were pulling out of a campground and had to spend that week dealing with our first major repair. Consequently we never got to see her apartment, and although she came up and spent time with us while our repair was being done, that has always bothered us. So despite the extra driving from Ohio to Charleston then back to Kentucky, both of us knew we needed to spend some time with her.
Kyrston was excited about seeing us also, and she drove the 2 hours to Myrtle Beach to have lunch with Mom and I and then we transferred our stuff and headed down to Charleston. Mom wanted to treat us to a special lunch, and we went to the Sea Captains House which is right on the ocean in Myrtle Beach. Keep in mind if you go here that it is a very popular restaurant, but since we showed up 15 minutes before they started serving lunch, Mom was able to get us a beautiful window side table. The menu was really good, with lots of selections, and I was thrilled that they had Carolina Shrimp on the menu. Not all of the entrees are made with Carolina Shrimp though, so make sure you pay close attention to what you order.
I was glad Mom and Kyrston got to see each other, although if Mom moves here they will hopefully see each other quite a bit. Then Kyrston and I got in her car and drove the 2-1/2 hours to our campground. While we were heading that way, Lee was also on his way down. He got back from New Hampshire on Friday and picked up our RV from the dealership, and thankfully both the slide and the furnace were fixed!! Finally a working heater and just in the nick of time since we will definitely need it in Kentucky. The repairs only cost us $130 (deductible and some misc parts) and we were both thrilled with the job that RCD RV Center did.
He also got a chance to use our new disc brakes while he was making his way towards us, because a small car cut him off on the freeway then slammed on it’s brakes and he missed it by inches. Lee swerved into the break down lane, convinced he wouldn’t stop in time, but the new trailer brakes grabbed hold and helped stopped the truck and trailer. He is really pleased so far with the Mor-Ryde brakes and definitely felt they improved the ride. Which was a good thing because despite being completely apart in different states for over a week, we arrived in Charleston within an hour of each other. Kyrston and I went to the campground and I realized how much I missed our home. Lee and Kyrston talked, while I walked around touching stuff (true story) and feeling that sense of relief at being back where I belonged.
I also got to go through the few things Lee had pulled from storage and brought to the rig and was finally reunited with my Christmas tree and looked through a Child Craft book called Places to See that I had as a child. As we have traveled the country the last few years, I often get this weird feeling of Deja Vu and thought it might be because of this book I often read as a child. I immediately opened it up, and no kidding it fell to a page, which contained a picture of the Sea Lion Caves we just visited this summer in Oregon!! Lee, who I think thought I was crazy until this point, was duly impressed, and I can’t wait until I have some time to sit down and cross check where we have already visited.
The next day we went to hang out at Kyrston’s because it was pouring. We hadn’t seen this much rain in quite some time and it was great because their place was 9 miles away and I loved it. What a great apartment for a newly married couple, and the decorations were thoughtful and stylish. It was wonderfl seeing some of our old stuff had made the cut and I loved how she blended her things with Jeremy’s. We even brought them a house warming present we had picked up in Ohio and I was thrilled it fit right in.
We spent the evening talking and catching up and we got to spend more time with their puppy (now 2 years old) Fynn. He’s a really good dog and knows some tricks which was fun. Plus Jeremy, who was a chef for 12 years, showed me how to make Chicken Marsala. I took lots of detailed notes and learned several new techniques so hopefully I can duplicate it and put it in the next cook book.
The next night they treated us to dinner at High Cotton which is an upscale restaurant where they work. We really got the all star treatment while we were there as all the managers and several employees came to see us throughout the dinner. We also got a few extra treats as the meal went on and it was absolutely wonderful food. My favorite though of the entire meal was the raspberry sorbet (my absolute favorite) which was silky smooth, exactly the way I like it!
Yes, it is on the pricey side, but if you are looking to splurge I highly recommend it. Plus ask if Jeremy or Kyrston are working and you can tell them you read their mom’s blog! The next day they had to work, so Lee and I went to meet Nancy and Bill. They are friends of ours we met at our first RV Dreams rally and we haven’t seen them since 2015. Nancy reached out when she saw we were heading their way and we met in the middle at a restaurant they had eaten at before.
The SeeWee was about as different from High Cotton as you can get with casual diner style and a simple menu. The food though was really great and I loved their local fried shrimp which were absolutely fantastic and Lee’s chocolate pie was to die for. Plus Lee got some home made blueberry muffins (with Maine blueberries no less) from Nancy and we had a wonderful time getting caught up. Bill and Nancy grabbed the check, despite my objections, and said they always did that “for their kids.”
That statement really touched me and we are honored that they feel that way about us. We have had a special connection with them from the first time we met, and although we rarely get to see each other, Nancy sends me nice little comments through my blog which lets me know they are keeping an eye on us. They have been role models and inspirations to us and we often say if Nancy and Bill can do it so can we. Love you guys and we are so glad we got to spend some one-on-one time together.
We feel great about our visit here, but it’s time to head north to Amazon to see Kelly and Bill and Linda and Steve. We have our paperwork done and our shifts so once we are settled in I will start blogging about it. I have heard from many people they are interested in my take on it, but they have the most rigorous confidentiality agreement I have yet seen. I will be going back to the Day by Day format, but my focus will need to be mainly on how I am holding up physically as they are really specific about the proprietary nature of their processes and procedures. Hopefully I can still manage to create enjoyable content with those restrictions, we will just have to see. As always thanks for following along!
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