But first I want to back up and tell the story of our journey home. It took us 11 days to make the trip up the coast from Florida, which probably sounds a little ridiculous. But we had to make a few planned stopovers along the way as I mentioned in the previous blog, so let's bring everyone up to date.
In Gafney. SC, we had Big Red serviced at a Freightliner Service Center, which specialized in all makes and models of RV's.....as long as they were on a Freightliner Chassis. We moved to the campsites at the service center on Thursday morning, as they expected to squeeze us in on either Thursday or Friday. We set up camp and Debbie was just settling in for a long winters nap, when the call came right about lunchtime, to get ready to be moved into a service bay. By about 4:30 PM, Big Red rolled out for a short test drive. The service we had received was pretty thorough. We went through a 40K mile checkup and everything on the chassis was checked from the front to the rear. We enjoyed the hosptality of Freightliner for one more night, and returned to the Gaffney KOA for the weekend. The weather window was closing all around us with storms to the west and north of us. So we took the opportunity to do a little more sightseeing in the Gaffney area and give the storms a chance to move on.
Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Byway , we soon stumbled onto Strawberry Hill USA, in Chesnee, SC. If you're ever in this part of SC, this is a great stop for some very delicious homemade icecream. The portions are huge, so just be careful of what you order. The Cherokee Scenic Byway is a popular scenic byway in South Carolina, and runs through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which were the ancestral home of the Cherokees. I'll let you in on a little secret. The ice cream was the highlight of the Scenic Byway.
We did locate a rather unique gristmill along the way though. Over in Pickens,SC, we found a historic site which featured a restored gristmill, and ancient Indian Petroglyths in Haygood Mill.
The following day, we "moseyed" up into NC to visit the Carl Sandburg Home, which is owned and operated by the National Park Service, and is designated as a National Historic Site. Carl Sandburg's wife Lillian, had discovered the farm named Connemara.
When the Sandburg's left Michigan and moved to Connemara, they brought along two daughters, 3 grandchildren, the Chikaming goat herd and over 15,000 books. As we toured the house, each and every room had bookshelves, and old photographs showed magazines and books stacked to the ceilings. The Sandburg's appeared to live a modest lifestyle, as evidenced by the orange crate used to hold the typewriter used by Carl. Lillian and the girls spent their day tending to the prize winning goats and canning vegetables in the modest kitchen. The day we toured, the contents of the house had been removed by the NPS for renovations, and the tour guide believed there were over 17,000 books put into storage,
I am not familiar with any of Mr Sandburg's writings, which doesn't speak well of my schooling. I'm going to have to remedy that at my earliest opportunity. You just can't beat a great public library. Mr. Sandburg died at Connemara on July 22, 1967. The property was sold to the NPS in 1968.
After departing Gaffney, we pushed Big Red toward Chateaugay, as I had an upcoming dentist appointment I needed to tend to. The camp wintered well, and although we're a little cramped for space, Debbie is setting everything up nicely. We've got the outside picked up, and Debbie has moved most of the provisions from Big Red into camp. We had a nice dinner with Tony and MaryAnne on Sunday, and the next big event will be the arrival of Liam for a visit toward the end of June. Oh yea, Ben and Joanne are coming too.
We're looking forward to doing some traveling this summer as we put together our plans for next year's travels. Spring has sprung up here, and the blackflies are loving it! They'll be gone in a week or two, and then we get to look forward to the second hatch. We hope everyone enjoys their summer and perhaps there will be a few more stories to tell.