(Editor’s Note: Based on input from our technical support/graphic designer/daughter Adrienne, we have revised the blog format. Hopefully this will make it easier to use. If you have problems, please let us know.)
In our first blog we jokingly said we were now homeless, but that’s not really true—we have our Airstream Flying Cloud. It has almost all the comforts of home, just in a much smaller space. Here’s a quick tour of our home for at least the next nine months.
Dining room/family room/guest bedroom — the place we spend most of our waking time in the trailer because there are not a lot of other choices.
Our TV — with an antenna on the roof we do get broadcast TV stations if we’re not staying in too remote a location.
Kitchen — gas range, microwave/convection oven, sink—what more do you need besides counter space?
Bathroom—please, only one person at a time.
Bedroom—the “queen”-size bed eliminates anything except horizontal activity.
We also have a shower but we rarely use it. (Not to imply we rarely shower, we just use the campground showers.)
So we survived the first week of our trip and are writing from Pocahontas State Park outside of Richmond, VA, home of daughters Adrienne and Lindsay. The first stop on our trip was Dreher Island State Park near Columbia, SC. The park is in the middle of a large man-made lake and our camping site was right on the water where we could launch our kayaks.
It seemed like the ideal spot to enjoy nature until Saturday when our neighboring campers and their friends became jet-ski-riding, beer-drinking, radio-blaring, 3-year-old-screaming, partyers. As Bambi’s mother warned: “Man is in the forest.” But by Sunday the weekend campers were gone and peace and quiet was mostly restored.
Our next stop was New River State Park in northern North Carolina. The New River is a national wild and scenic river and one of the oldest in the world. Scientists believe it formed over 20 million years ago when Africa and North America were still connected as one continent. Patty dropped Ed upstream and he had a nice kayak trip back to the park, with nobody else on the river except for a few paddlers in canoes.
We also enjoyed hiking in the park through the forest that borders the river.
Our experience at these two parks reinforced Ed’s first rule for enjoying nature–go where the people aren’t.
Have a happy 4th of July!