So I feel the need to apologize to myself for my negativity in the last post. I have been blessed in every imaginable way that I can think of to live this life that we live. I have a job that supports it. A wife and child that are all in even when I drive them nuts with always wanting to do stuff ALL of the time. I was able to spend the ENTIRE winter in Florida while others froze. And just because Florida wasn’t what I had baked in my head, it was nice in it’s own way. So self, please, accept my apology and know that from now on I will try to see the good in everywhere we go.
Now, since we last spoke, things have changed a LOT. It was as if crossing the Florida state line in to Woodbine GA injected some much needed fresh energy. The live oaks covered in Spanish moss must do something to the air. We stayed a few nights in Woodbine GA at the Walkabout RV park http://walkaboutcamp.com/. It’s a SMALL campground, with only about 30 sites right now. Owned by a very nice young man who everyone that is there really likes. The sites are super close together, as they were built long before the age of the super rig, but we got a nice site and had enough room to open up fully, although I am sure our neighbor wished that we hadn’t. There was a nice mix of transient folks along with full timers, mostly working on or near the submarine base nearby. As mentioned, we have had a number of issues with our rig, and had just had our AC replaced in Florida before we left. When we landed in Woodbine, we went to set up and our leveling system failed. Then it popped and we realized that something had broken. We then realized that our electric water heater wasn’t heating water. We called a guy named Barry Strickland out to visit and he quickly diagnosed that we needed a new front complete landing gear and that our heating element had taken a crap on us. On top of that, he was the first of 3, yes THREE, technicians to properly diagnose and treat our propane leak issue. I was able to BEG Lippert to overnight us a new landing gear and within 2 days, we were back on the road. Barry was the best mobile tech I have ever used and if you are ever in the area, let me know if you need him and I will hook you up. From Savannah to Woodbine, he’s got you covered.
Off to Savannah. I will say, I was very excited about going here. The history alone was enough to pump me up, but Savannah, if you don’t know, is also a premier location for St. Patrick’s day festivities, and we were going to be there over St. Patty’s. We pulled in to Red Gate Farms and RV park http://www.redgatecampground.com/. It is a very small RV park (only about 30 well dispersed full hook up sites) on a HUGE facility. They had 3-4 lakes, a sweet river, a few old southern style plantation houses, horses, small farm animals, and were only about 6 miles from downtown. The only caveat was that we would have to move out of our site on Friday-Sunday as it was reserved for the holiday. No biggie right? WRONG.
You see, there are gods in the RV world. If you get cocky or don’t appease them with offerings from time to time, they put you in your place. When we arrived in Savannah, we, for the first time in almost a year, were able to fully set up and have EVERYTHING on our rig work exactly as intended. I think the God’s either follow my instagram where I gloated about the fact, or they heard the tapping of my happy dance. Yes, I knocked on wood, but it was too late. The penance was set in motion. We went to pull in our slide out to move and the bottom of the slide would come in, the top, wellllllll not so much. Nothing we did would work. It was a dire situation and the local RV repair guy and Camping World in Savannah were worthless. I called Barry, but he wouldn’t be able to make it out for a few days and would likely have to order parts. It would put us WAY behind schedule. I put a frantic call in to Jayco, Lippert, and our lawyer, and slowly SLOOOOOWLY pulled our rig forward with the slide extended and looking like it had already had too much to drink for the holiday. More on this to follow.
Z Bear had been sick so we actually skipped the festivities of the parade and such on Friday, and from the sounds of it we are glad we didn’t push her to go. It was a drunk fest and she would have hated us later for it. The next day she was feeling slightly better, so we braved the downtown trek. If you haven’t been to Savannah, go. It is a lovely city with tons of old world beauty and charm. We did River St. which is again, kind of like Bourbon St. for Savannah. Lot’s of bars, bands, people, shops, etc. About 2 hours in, Z was looking rough and wanted to go back and lay down. We took her home, put her to bed, and being the good parents that we were, we went back down town. This time, we headed to Pinkie Masters bar, a total dive, where appropriately, President Carter announced his bid on the bar top. We met some really fun people there and had a few. We grabbed one for the road (because you can do that and I LOVE it), and walked down to the Crystal Beer Parlor. It came as a recommendation from the bar tender at Pinkie’s and he was spot on. Great burgers. At one point though, Lisa had gone to use the restroom and was gone for an inordinate amount of time. When she returned I had feared that she had an upset stomach or something. Turns out, she had an encounter with a young woman who had imbibed a bit too much for the holiday and was very ill in the restroom. Lisa’s magical nursing skills came in to play as she leaped into action to get the girl cleaned up and taken care of. She was able to get the poor lady out to her boyfriend and get them out of the restaurant. She has a heart of gold and a stomach of steel because she came right back out and finished dinner. HA. On a side note, we saw the young lady and her friends later and although she was in bad shape, she was going to be ok.
After one more stop we decided to head home before the shit show that would invariably soon begin.
The next day I got a call from Lippert and was told that they were sending a guy up to fix our rig on site. It would be a few days, but in the end, he would basically rebuild it. We were told that he is the “slide guy”. So that was comforting. While we waited, we opted to take Z and do an Old World Trolley Tour. Having done these in Nashville and St. Augustine, I have found them to be an excellent way to get a lot of history in, in a short period of time. I love the town squares, the haunted history, all of the revolutionary war facts and of course the civil war. We found some cool little shops, art galleries (art is huge here with the college of arts being such a big part of the city), and finally settled on the Old Pink House restaurant for our final meal there. The food was fantastic and the weather was lovely. It was a fun day for sure.
On the day we were supposed to leave Savannah the Lippert guy came out. 8 hours later and we were back on the road. I appreciated Lippert sending him out, and i am thankful that we were able to resolve the issue, but this is already the SECOND full rebuild on our slide in 11 months. There are a lot of theories, but hopefully we are resolved now, I will leave it at that.
From Savannah we headed up the coast to Charleston. I REALLY wish I would have built in more time in Charleston. As I don’t have much history with many of our stops, I plugged more time in at Myrtle Beach thinking we would love some ocean time. I think we all agree that we would have preferred to stay in Charleston. As it was, we were up late on the day we arrived, so it was dinner and bed. The next day we headed out on a full field trip day. Lisa planned a whole fun day for us and it was great. We started at Wild Blue Ropes adventure park. A truly challenging ropes course that made us all really push ourselves. We had a lot of good laughs, mostly at my expense. I was super proud of both Lisa and Z Bear. Neither is a huge fan of heights and they both really stepped outside of their comfort zone. After 2 hours of ropes fun we headed to our real reason for stopping in Charleston. Lisa and I are both big Anthony Bourdain fans and in his Charleston episode he went to two places that we really wanted to try. The first was Husk. Luckily for us, Husk also had a place in Nashville and we have already had it. It was amazing too. The other spot we had to go to was Rodney Scott’s BBQ. This man is a whole hog magician. When just seeing his food makes your mouth water, you know you just have to try it. He just opened a site in downtown Charleston, so we went. And we ATE. They probably thought we had 20 people with us. Whole hog, beef ribs, chicken, cornbread, greens, grits, hush puppies, coleslaw, banana pudding, and all the sweet tea you could manage. And we ate it ALL. Suck it. We did. It was amazing. Go. You won’t be disappointed. Once we finished gorging ourselves, what we really wanted to do was go take a nap. Instead we headed off for our first ever escape room challenge. Escape in 60 was a fun mental challenge. We had 2 folks join us that we didn’t know and we did a pirate themed escape. We had a lot of fun and managed to get out with 5 min to spare. It was extremely fun for me to watch Z get so excited to solve some of the puzzles. She is a smart kid and she really showed it in this outing. I am proud of the young lady she is becoming.
Our final stop for this post was Myrtle Beach. We opted to stay at the KOA in Myrtle Beach. A very nice park that blew my mind. It was like being in the forest while only being a 2 block walk from the beach. Myrtle was a LOT like Daytona. We did manage a nice long walk on the boardwalk, had a fun time and a lot of laughs on the big Ferris wheel. Lisa didn’t really care for Myrtle Beach but we did get some great exercise in, had no issues with the rig, and the weather was lovely.
On top of all of this we did hit our 1 year nomadivarsary on the 28th of March. It’s been an AWESOME year and my next post will be just a 1 year recap. We have learned a lot and I can’t believe how much we have done in 1 year. We celebrated with steaks and some flowers for the ladies.
I follow a LOT of people who live this same lifestyle. One of the ones that I have been following for a while is a couple that does a lot of YouTube videos. They call themselves The Freedom Theory. Josh and Kali helped me make up my mind on Thousand Trails, and it is always an inspiration to see how other younger couples approach full time RV living. The reason I mention this is because it turns out, they were in the same park as us and just down from Dory. Josh had just had surgery and was working so I didn’t meet him, but I did meet his lovely wife Kali and his parents who were an inspiration to him because they have been RVing for a long time. Everyone I met was very nice and I always enjoy talking to others full timers. Check out their Vlog at https://www.youtube.com/user/kbrightlife
Our last stop in Myrtle was to Margaritaville. If you know Lisa, you know she loves quirky. Here, they have a giant blender that every hour they make mock margaritas in. I think Lisa and I both had a different opinion of what it would be, but it was fun to see none the less. We ate there, and I have to say, holy crap they are proud of their food based on the prices. For the quality, I could have passed on this one. We have paid less for better. That said, you don’t know unless you go.
Today we took off for Grapefull Sisters Winery in North Carolina where there is an RV park attached. We are here for a week and then off to Advance NC for 3 weeks. Looking forward to some of the exciting things that we have planned.
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