Sunday, October 27, 2019 – Today was moving day! We’re still trying to come up with a routine for departure. We have checklists for inside and outside but the prep work before the checklists can be a bit scattered. Mom & Dad showed up to watch the process and be on hand when we pulled out. Another round of see-you-laters and we were on our way. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a picture of our site. It was a bit crowded as private sites can be. Gotta pack ’em in to make the money!
We arrived in Blackville, SC later that afternoon after a pitstop for groceries. The next 3 nights we’d be at Barnwell State Park. We picked this site for proximity to Augusta, GA & Aiken, SC. Our difficulty with backing into a site showed up here. But after some assistance from a gracious, neighboring camper, we were in place. This time the assistance was much appreciated. Maneuvering this rig around a wooded forest isn’t for the faint of heart!
Monday, October 28, 2019 – There is ONE other camper in this wooded, lakeside campground. Talk about a switch from the packed private park we had just come from. It appears that the State/Federal Parks aren’t about packing in as many people as possible like the private parks are.
We planned to explore Augusta, GA today. I had heard about the riverfront – Savannah River – and, of course, the Augusta National Golf Course, so assumed it’d be a nice little town. Well, it was a bit underwhelming. I’m still glad we went.
We ended the day with our very first campfire! Does that make our camping official?? This boy could eat marshmallows everyday! It was a beautiful evening.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 – We left camp around 9:00 to head to Aiken, SC to visit a former co-worker of mine. Frank & Jewel are two of the sweetest souls you will ever meet. They used to live in VA and “retired” here. About retired, Frank would say “which time”? I’ve known them about 14 years but they feel like family. Jewel prepared a lovely brunch for us. She made a delicious homemade baked oatmeal for the first time! I want to be like her when I grow up. I had to chuckle because Matthew says that only Mennonites make baked oatmeal! 🙂 We talked non-stop – I love listening to their stories about work, travel and just life. They’ve lived in several places around the US (born & raised in TN) and have traveled overseas on many riverboat cruises. My favorite story may be that Frank quit his job to get married because his boss wouldn’t let him have off work. Followed by the apartment he rented for them to live in after they returned from their honeymoon, only had a shared bathroom. (They moved out the next day.)
Frank & Jewel were our tour guides for a rainy drive around Aiken. We stopped at the Aiken Museum & the Train Depot. Both were very interesting. I had no idea that Aiken was THE place to spend the winter back in the day for rich socialites from New York. We headed back to the house to enjoy a glass of wine before ending the day enjoying true Italian pizza.
As we were pulling back into our campsite, they called to be sure we made it home safely in the rain. That’s just the type of people they are. I’m so thankful for their friendship.