Sunday, October 20, 2013

Almost There

I am on my way to Florida to spend a few months to relax, get a handle on my expenses and hopefully get some weaving, spinning, etc... done.  

I stopped in Wake Forest, NC to see a good friend Yvonne and her husband Eric. It was so great seeing them after all this time.

The next stop was not overnight but just a little detour on my way to my next Harvest Host location.  My mother loved stopping at the tourist trap South of the Border on our way to Florida for family vacations. I was afraid that the RV would turn on its own accord if I did not stop.

My next overnight stop was at the Harvest Host location, Willard Farms in Gable, SC.

This was not one of my most amazing stops and not because the people there were not nice, they were.  It was just that there wasn't much atmosphere compared to other locations I've stopped at. It's more like a roadside stand. They did let me know that this is the end of their season so that might explain why there wasn't much to see. I got a "Willard Original" hamburger and fries for lunch because they advertise that this is what they are famous for and a Pepsi float later in the day for a snack. The place you park is right against the road so there is a lot of road noise. The next morning, Jay made coffee and gave me a cup before I hit the road which was very nice.
My next stop was Keller's Flea Market in Savannah, GA. This is another Harvest Host location that I had planned to spend the night at but did not feel comfortable because the RV parking area is in a very remote location, so I left.  They bill that they have over 400 vendors, and I agree with them but a large amount of the merchandise seemed to be duplicates and triplicates of each other.  I walked around for awhile and then called Hardeesville RV in  Hardeesville, SC, and booked a site for two nights.  They are one of the few RV parks I've found so far that honors the Passport America discount, which gives you 50% off rates, for as many nights as you want to stay. The sites are simple as far as some have picnic tables and some do not.  They also do not have shower or restroom facilities but they do have 60 channels of cable and fast internet! The sites are full hookup on grass with most pull through and fairly level.  They have 50 amps and 30 amps sites.  You can not go down to 30 amps if you have a 50 amp RV. You have to stay in a site that has your amperage.  It appeared to me that the 50 amp sites were the ones that had pull thru.  Yes, I would stay there again if I were passing through.

I got up early and went to my favorite restaurant, Low Country Backyard Restaurant,  on Hilton Head Island for Sunday Brunch.  It is a hidden gem as the food is outstanding. It's not cheap eats but it is a good value for what you get. They have outdoor seating in the garden but it was a little chilly when I arrived.

I had hashbrown casserole and a heavenly biscuit with chicken and homemade gravy on top.

With a full stomach, I headed to the Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival in Bluffton, SC. This was there ninth annual festival.  The brochure said that the festival was created in 2005 to benefit the citizens, local area merchants and tourism.  It started as a one day event but is now a week long celebration.

This is Bill Dupont and his wife.  She is a wonderful singer, I am sorry that they do not have an album for sale.

I stayed until their set was almost over and then headed to the docks to see the Paddle Sports Race but found out that they had moved to another part of the Bluffton waterfront. I missed that race but was able to see the Stand Up Board race.  The participants could not use their boards but had to use identical boards that were brought by Marshgrass Adventures so that no one had board advantage.

Tomorrow I head to the Golden Acres Ranch in Monticello, FL, which is also a Harvest Host location.  I will only be there for a night and will then head to a campground near The Villages to see friends for a few days.

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