Myrtle Beach, SC

September 29, 2016

We left Wilmington, NC around 10:00 AM. Overcast skies, but a very easy drive to Myrtle Beach.20160929_090239This is the drawbridge across the Cape Fear River.20160929_090254Good-bye downtown Wilmington. This is a very nice city. We enjoyed the visit.20160929_100124Welcome to South Carolina. We drove down Hwy 17 and it was a great road.20160929_105314Arrived at the Myrtle Beach Moose Lodge and the sun came out.20160929_105315This is a very active lodge. They had pizza night on Thursday night and this place was packed.20160929_114609The inside is painted for the beach.20160929_114603It is big and October 1st, it becomes non-smoking.  They have lost some members because of that, but I bet they will gain more because of it too.20160929_133039It was suggested that we drive down to Murrells Inlet. It was a short drive.20160929_133018Once we got there, we discovered it was Bike Week at Myrtle Beach.20160929_133029Bikes and stages everywhere. Pretty Cool.

Friday September 30, 201620161001_090119We decided to go to Huntington Beach State Park and ride our bikes. It has been a while and we really wanted to get back on the bikes. The waters you cross going into the park are full of alligators.  There is one in that grass, but it is hard to see.20161001_090202Several were just watching the people and waiting for someone to make a misstep. We had a nice ride on a very nice bike path along Hwy. 17.20160930_125009And the bikes were out everywhere.  The weather was beautiful.20160930_125016This bike had its own trailer.20160930_125041There was parking everywhere. I don’t think I have ever seen this many bikes at one time.

Saturday October 1, 2016

We went back to Huntington Beach State Park to ride our bikes.  Plus we packed a picnic lunch and our beach chairs. Changed into our suits at the bathhouse and spent a few hours on the beach.20161001_104031It was wonderful and peaceful and just what we needed.20161001_104040This beach is less crowded.  It costs $5.00 a person to come into the park, but it has a wonderful beach and a very nice park.20161002_121802This is our campsite for a few days at the Moose Lodge.  Not bad, 50 amp and water for $15.00 a night.20161002_121806A small pavilion next to us.

Sunday October 2, 2016

We decided to go to the Market Common to ride today.  This is a new shopping area with lots of shops, restaurants and residential houses. They also have the Grand Park Recreational Complex at the Market Common. There are multiple baseball/softball fields and walking/bike paths everywhere.  After our ride and showers, we headed to North Myrtle Beach to meet up with some of my oldest friends, Mark and LeAnn Hardy.  They live in Louisville and are here with 14 others for a golfing week.14542345_1844631019105667_3600461624109861510_o-1I was the maid-of-honor in their wedding 31 years ago.  I have been friends with them longer than anyone else, except Colette Akin. (I met her first and she introduced me to Mark.)  It was a blast seeing them and spending some time together.7014_1475460714472We got to meet the gang and we got to go to dinner with everyone. 7015_1475460722109It was such a great time.  I am hoping we get to see them again before we have to leave. It was great to meet Fred, Becky, Brandy, Chuck, Lisa, Larry, Steve, Chu, Angela, Wanda and Steve. Such a great group of people and much fun.

Also, there is a Hurricane heading our way.  Hurricane Matthew is gaining strength in the Caribbean and we are not sure how it will affect our plans.

Thanks for following along with us and we will keep you updated on the Hurricane.

 

East Tennessee

Saturday April 30, 2016

Well, it has been a week since our last post.  We have been busy.  Before we left Chocowinity, we went to Greeneville, NC to have lunch at Sam Jones BBQ.  2016-04-22 11.19.12It was listed in Garden and Gun Magazine as one of the top BBQ joints in the South.  It was some of the best BBQ I have ever had and I am from Western Kentucky.  So you know it was good.2016-04-22 11.15.532016-04-22 11.26.23The light fixtures were even pigs – flying!2016-04-22 11.19.19And there was a line for lunch at 1:30.

We left Chocowinity, NC on Saturday April 23, 2016 heading west on I-40.  We were traveling 237 miles to Lake Myers RV & Campground in Mocksville, NC. We like to travel between 200 – 250 miles a day.2016-04-23 14.57.062016-04-23 14.58.08We made it to Lake Myers RV park and almost did not make it to the site.  The roads in the park were so narrow, tight and steep, even the guy that led us to our site was impressed with Cliff’s driving.  He was surprised we missed some of those trees.  After we got set up, there was a parade of golf carts that came by to look.  Some even stopped and asked if they could come in and see our home.  Needless to say, we stayed one night and left the next morning.  Lesson learned – double check the reviews of each park before you arrive.

We headed to Cosby, TN on Sunday.2016-04-24 10.58.58The drive to and around Asheville was interesting.2016-04-24 14.20.07We arrived at Smoky Mountain Premier RV Resort in Cosby, TN.  This is a very nice park.  It is only 2 years old.  We met the owner, Kelly.  He was very nice and you could tell he was proud of his resort and is looking for ways to improve the experience for his guests.2016-04-26 16.29.09We had a great site.  Very level and wide.  We were right by the pavilion.

2016-04-24 19.30.38Our fist Real campfire since December in the panhandle. 2016-04-24 13.22.31We had lunch at Carver’s Applehouse Restaurant. It was a beautiful location overlooking the apple orchard.

One day we had lunch at Janice’s on Hwy 321.  It was a great meat and three.  If you are ever near Cosby, try them out.

We left Cosby on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. We only had to drive to Sevierville, TN.  This is my kind of drive.  It was a beautiful drive on Hwy 321 from Cosby to Gatlinburg.2016-04-26 12.50.292016-04-26 12.52.00Oh, how I love the Smoky Mountains.

2016-04-27 08.41.50We checked in at Riverside RV Park and Resort, site 47.  This is another beautiful park.  We are very close to the Knife Store, YEAH!2016-04-27 08.42.07The RV park is right on the Little Pigeon River.2016-04-27 17.45.532016-04-27 17.47.38We even had a bunny at our site.2016-04-28 14.08.43We even did a little fishing.  This is my kind of campground.  We will definitely come back to this park.

Friday, April 29, 2016  Road trip to Crossville to visit new friends we made in Bushnell at Blueberry Hill.2016-04-29 15.11.32Wanda and Lee Justice2016-04-29 15.11.36We had a wonderful visit.  Wanda was so sweet to make lunch, baked spaghetti and a CAKE called Pig Out Cake.  It was all wonderful.  It was so much fun to see them again.  The day went by too fast.  We can’t wait to see them in Florida this winter.2016-04-29 11.42.52They have a beautiful home in Crossville. They also took us a tour of Lake Tansi.  It was beautiful.  They had a lake house until they bought this house and still have a couple of vacant lots and are still members.  2016-04-29 11.42.43Behind that door in front of the truck is their beautiful motor coach.  Their property is a beautiful oasis.

2016-04-29 17.23.59Then on Saturday, April 30, 2016 we moved 6.4 miles to River Plantation RV Resort.  This is Really My kind of travel day.  20160430_163148We are all set up on Site 204.  We feel like we are back home.  This is the campground where we have spent the most time camping over the years.  It feels good to be back.

We are here for a week for the RV Dreams Spring Educational Rally.  Howard and Linda have been full timing for over 10 years.  We had the pleasure of meeting them for lunch in February with Ron and Linda Prater.  A Plus – Howard is a UofL fan and from Louisville. They both graduated from Western Kentucky University.  They gotta be good people.

We are looking forward to learning from them and the other 150 people that have signed up for this rally.

Thanks for following our blog.  C & L