Thanks to Moncks Corner

Sorry we haven’t written….been busy catching up with my cousin and having fun!

Deanna and Ron, my cousin and her husband, arranged for us to park at their church. The unusual benefit was that the church has a 50 amp plug out back….so no generator morning and evening! It was a lovely place, and a perfect setting for our needs. We appreciated the hospitality!

We traded family history photos, and Deanna had the oldest one….taken 58 years ago on the occasion of my first birthday!

When we left town to head toward our next big stop, we went just 20 miles down the road so we could have a little more fun before completely leaving the area. We parked out behind a large cinema, and all went to see a matinee showing of the new Mission Impossible movie, and then had an early dinner in a restaurant next door.

Well, not all of us….Robyn stayed in the coach with the twins.

When the rest of us were finished, she went to a late showing of War Horse while I stayed with the boys. Deanna and Ron left, and we stayed parked there for the night.

That was last night. Today we took off, intending to take two days to get to our next big stop, a federal campground above Augusta, GA. For a change, we ran interstate almost all the way, and found the 175 miles flashed past so easily….here we are, all encamped! Not even sure what the place looks like, because we finished setting up in the dark.

Let you know tomorrow.

Movin on

We tore ourselves away from the coast, but not until Robyn caught the pelican deep in thought….

Rest assured, we didn’t go far.

Found a Trader Joe’s in Charleston, so stocked up on certain necessities to the tune of $250. Maybe more surprising was to find that the clerk who helped Robyn get everything out to the coach grew up in Akron, but started her work at the Kettering TJ store!

Finished the grocery shopping at a very tony Walmart store, if that isn’t too much of a contradiction in terms. Well, the store was the same as all the rest, but the parking lot….all cut up into little parking sections, with lots of well-kept shrubbery, and brick walkways dividing everything. Even the cart corrals were made with fancy-shmancy block walls. I was looking for a valet to park the Taxi.

Then drove across the edge of Charleston harbor on this wild-looking bridge.

We drove up to Moncks Corner to be nearer my cousin for a couple days. We can’t make it down Deanna’s lengthy driveway due to the glorious overgrowth of trees, so she arranged for us to park behind the Seventh-day Adventist Church. We’re all plugged in, and have the parking lot and grounds to ourselves, just a couple miles from Deanna’s home.

Sunrise, and the greybeards

As infrequently as I actually see them, I’m very much in favor of sunrises….we’re still alive!

Robyn observed this morning’s show.

Then she was there with camera in hand when the greybeard took the young ones walking through the tall trees with their Spanish moss.

And I couldn’t resist a more detailed shot of the moss….it’s just amazing to me!

I sure hope we wake up tomorrow morning, of all mornings in the year! And I sure hope we remember the reason for the season….the birth of our Lord, Jesus. His birth wasn’t celebrated by the biggest sales of the year or magnificent gatherings of pious people….it was celebrated by individuals who knew the meaning of His birth, recognized Him as their Redeemer, and worshipped Him as the King of Kings!

From our home to yours….

EspaƱol musgo

The heavy draping of trees in South Carolina with Spanish moss has always fascinated me. It apparently occurs because of the year-round high humidity. The moss plant does not harm the host tree, because its roots don’t dig into the tree….they only help it hold on, and pull moisture and nutrients from the air. Right here on the coast, the growth is quite heavy and widespread.

The high tides today were before sunrise and after sunset, and there were no lingering rays this evening due to heavy cloud cover. So no high tide photo. Instead, I provide this photo taken from our campground across the narrow intracoastal waterway and across the very broad barrier island. Doesn’t it look like a Kansas wheatfield?

The highlight of our day was my cousin visiting in the daylight, so we could get a nice picture!

The tide

Living for so long near the headquarters of Proctor and Gamble, the word “tide” brings little emotional response from me.

But post me alongside the ocean, and it quickly becomes fascinating.

Did you know there are typically two high tides each day and two low tides? I didn’t. And that the two high tides are not typically up to the same height, and the two lows are not down to the same depth? I didn’t. Here, they vary about a foot.

The photo was taken at just about the end of the ebb tide, but it was the noon low tide which wasn’t the lower of the two today. We’ll try to shoot the same scene tomorrow at high tide.

Lovely day today. It started to get hot, but then clouds came along and cooled it down nicely. Nice breeze all the time. Salt air!

My dear cousin, Deanna, came over with her husband for several hours this evening. They live about 30 miles away. We had a wonderful time, and will try to get together again.

I leave you with Robyn’s photo with her phone of this morning’s sunrise: