October 12, 2010
Location: 7 1/2 hours on the road. Final resting spot - Walmart Parking Lot in Beaufort, SC.
Audio: Many free pod casts of Adventures in Odyssey and then began the third book of the Little Britches Series: The Home Ranch, as the trip rolled on we digressed to Tom & Jerry on the DVD player.
Sick Count: 1 with a sore throat
A-'s chatter: This is a l-o-n-g day!.... I just want to get to the campground! Putting the camper on is hard work, now my belly is so tired....When are we going to get there?...
M&A seemed to think they were being ripped off as their siblings headed to school and they headed back home. It didn't take long for them to realize that they were "it" as far as mama's helpers to get the rest of the preparations made for the trip.
At eight years old, M seems to be in disbelief that he is old enough to do such tasks as help load the camper or pack his clothes. But the bar was raised today. He had to direct the suburban (and Mom) to hitch up to the camper. After 5-6 tries - Success and Celebration! Boosted by our lessons in perseverance and patience, we were ready for the journey ahead.
Google Maps suggested a 5 hour drive, but it was a good 7 hours later that we made it to our destination: Hunting Island State Park. At 10:30 we read a sign that said, "Park closed at 10 p.m. Gate Code Required for Entry." Sigh. Our afternoon calls to the park were met with endless ringing so we did not have that Gate Code. After praying and then calling C, we were challenged once again with lessons of perseverance and patience. I remember seeing 4-5 campers set up at a Walmart off of I-95 and thought just maybe the Walmart a half hour back may welcome RV'ers. Sleepily, the crew in the back agreed that we should go there for the night. D, a feast for the mosquitoes, got out of the car and helped me back up the camper out onto the main road (scary!).
By midnight we were cozy in our gravel spot way in the back of the Walmart parking lot. The security guard came by a couple of times to make sure we were o.k. I can't say I was ever so thankful for Walmart!