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North America » United States » South Carolina » Myrtle Beach September 23rd 2020

Yes, the time has come to bid our family adieu, take our packed bags and leave their warm and comforting homes for our good, old, stand-by RV. We knew this day was coming but once it arrived, it seemed too soon and too sad. Goodbyes are never easy....much too sorrowful.....so we stick with “so long until we meet again.” We are so grateful to our children for putting us up and putting up with us this summer. We had a great time. It was such a joy being with all our children and grandchildren at one time or another. We can’t thank them all enough for all the good times we shared and the cherished memories we made. We love our family. Our last family gathering was called our Texas Hot party. Most everyone gathered together ... read more
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Texas Hot food for our Texas Hot party
Cory & me with our grandson, Ryan


Said good bye to Kyle and Rebecca in Savannah this morning and enjoyed an easy (but slow) ride up 95. Love traveling when I'm not in a hurry, it is much more enjoyable. My condo, directly on the beach was ready when I arrived. I'm on the 19th floor and boy - what a view! What an awesome beach day, sunny and and strong breeze. I love the ocean, the strength, the raw, natural power - it is in command and one must bow to it's majesty and respect it. Myrtle Beach is definitely a party spot. Everyone here is respectful and doing their social distancing. Had dinner at RipTydz and loved the atmosphere and the great, happy vibe of kids, couples and families enjoying their freedom after the lock down. 2020 has been such ... read more
Savannah to Myrtle Beach - Day 2
Myrtle Beach - View from my Room
High Surf under Pier 14


Today was a beautiful day in Myrtle Beach. Weather was perfect, the ocean was warm, and the atmosphere was one of normalization: people being people again, most respecting other peoples' spaces. Spent the day with long-time friends, Jim and Maureen Purcell. Jim was my Sergeant and then Lieutenant at the Attleboro Police Department, some 40 years ago. We reminisced about "the old days" way back, when things were so different, especially in light of recent policing news. It's great to catch up with people we were so close with, a tight-knit group of some mostly really great, caring officers. Jim is now a TSA training officer and Maureen works at "The Alabama Theater", the greatest live variety show in Myrtle Beach. Myrtle Beach is a great vacation resort on the Atlantic Ocean in South Carolina ... read more
Jim and Maureen Purcell
Seaglass Tower - Blue Green Vacations
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk


Perfect beach weather in Myrtle Beach today; sunny, warm and a steady breeze. Walked the boardwalk this morning, saw a few homeless people sleeping on benches, and distant fog hanging along the northern shore. Found a Dunkin Donut about a half mile away, but had to settle for an apple fritter since they didn't make breakfast sandwiches. Tomorrow I will find a real one and not succumb to that temptation again. Chilled this morning and read my book on the beach, walked in the water along the shore and watched the families as they arrived for a day of fun. Happy Father's Day to all you fathers out there. Myrtle Beach has a long history with pavilions built in 1902 and amusement parks built on 11 acres in the 1930's. They danced the state dance "The ... read more
Sunrise in Myrtle Beach
Morning Fog hugging the coast
Walking the boardwalk


Got to Georgetown on Tuesday and stopped to wait out weather and flooding in Myrtle Beach. Lots of current and debris in the water from rain over the past few weeks. I don't want to bend another shaft by running over another log . I'll probably head out Sunday or Monday. If I wasn't a fair weather sailor and had more experience in the ocean and wasn't by myself and blah blah, I would go out for an overnight and come back in Masonborro inlet at Wrightsville Beach. Instead I will take the ICW when the weather is right. I like Georgetown better than Beaufort. The marina is very nice and it is right in town. Easy walking to many restaurants. The Riverwalk is nice and a few restaurants have outside decks looking over the river. ... read more
Georgetown SC
Painted wall
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It took a month for all the parts to come in. Everyone was blaming it on Covid19. Nothing left in stock and reduced staff at warehouses and could not guarantee mail. They couldn't explain why 2 companies sent the wrong part and had to reorder. Ha. The job took about 40 min total. Hopefully it is fixed and I can roll now. I'm leaving at 6 tomorrow morning. Hope to get at least to Charleston. I really like this little marina. Small and laid back filled with very nice people. Nice little town with lots of good eating places with open decks. Bike friendly. Great place to wait out the bad weather up north. I have heard the Chesapeake Bay has been angry for a few weeks. Maybe it will all calm down before I get ... read more
Relax beside the Beaufort River.
Having a beer and looking at the American Star
The culprit


I've been hopping up the coast making 9 to 10 hours a day. Anchored in Factory Creek in Beaufort SC. Wind got up and I was dragging anchor. Somehow got the anchor up with no damage and tied up at Lady's Island Marina. Next day discovered a hole in my exhaust pipe. Now I am in fix it mode again. Waiting for parts to come in the mail. Who knows how long that will take. Not a bad placevto wait though. Foid, groceries,and restaurants are all close by. The town of Beaufort is right across the bridge. A 15 min ride across the bridge. I am a long 10 to 11 hours from Charleston. I hope to do it in one day. I did it ten years ago by hitting the tides exactly right. Hopefully can ... read more
Marsh in Beaufort SC
Mooring field at Beaufort City Marina
Sunrise at St. Mary's Inlet just north of Fernandina Beach, Fl

North America » United States » South Carolina » Charleston February 24th 2020

Charleston Blog 15th February 2020 Charleston, the South Carolina port city founded in 1670, is defined by its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses, particularly in the elegant French Quarter and Battery districts. The Battery promenade and Waterfront Park both overlook Charleston Harbor, while Fort Sumter, a federal stronghold where the first shots of the Civil War rang out, lies across the water. The South Carolina Aquarium is another coastal attraction and is popular for its 385,000-gallon Great Ocean Tank. Nearby, the circa-1773 Charleston Museum showcases the history of the South Carolina Lowcountry region. Many refined Downtown restaurants also specialize in Lowcountry cooking, which blends Southern U.S., African, French and Caribbean flavors. Beyond Downtown, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens offers a glimpse of t... read more
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North America » United States » South Carolina » Yemassee January 3rd 2020

The one about the First Day on the Road. I spent two weeks in NJ over Christmas, enjoying those NJ grandkids, and made it home to NC 12/28. It took me the better part of 2 days to clean up from that trip, then put away Christmas decoration, all before I could think about packing for my 2020 Snowbird trip. I had lot of help and offers of help; Tim and Ben helped me one day load all the groceries and clothes, then Lilly helped me Thursday with the refrigerated things. I did not sleep well Thursday night, the night before departure. I woke up at 4 and went to sit in front of the TV. I had put my internet and cable TV on vacation break for 2 months, and I was told it would ... read more

North America » United States » South Carolina » Charleston December 2nd 2019

We are at the part of any trip where we start making changes to the itinerary because we realize we were over ambitious in what we wanted to try and see and maybe more, because the aging process is catching up with us, and a few more minutes of sleep each day becomes very important. Today is our last day and we originally had three things on the schedule, one we did yesterday so now we have two, so the day will not be as rushed. The only thing we took off the itinerary was breakfast at the local hotspot. Will save some time and money by just eating another vegetable frittata. The trip has been a good one and I am glad we finally made it to Charleston. This like Savannah and New Mexico have ... read more
Dolphins
Fort Sumter
Unrestored cannon




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