Finding Friends and Moving On


Today we said good-bye to our new Pennsylvania Airstream friends, Virginia and Nancy, and left Surf City (and the fantastic Topsail beaches), to head for Charleston. We tried to convince them to head south with us, but their perfect right-on-the-water campsite was just too enticing. We’re already planning a future trip, meeting them at a halfway campground, perhaps in Corning. Strange how you can meet people by pure chance and in a few short hours sincerely call them friends.

We drove through the warm, sunny Sunday, passing lots of little churches surrounded by clusters of cars, past miles of pine wood-lots of every stage of growth, and eventually, tall and gaudy beach shops called ‘Waves’, ‘Wings’, or ‘Eagle’, with two-storey windows full of slot-wall display panels holding sun-faded swimwear, towels, and boogie-boards with everything on sale. We were nearing Myrtle Beach, SC.

As so many Cooperstonians regularly go there, we were curious to see what the fuss was all about. Apparently there are hundreds of golf courses, as well as completely over-the-top mini-golf attractions, shopping centers, and rampant, grandiose commercialism. To be fair, we didn’t get to check out the beach, but having seen Hatteras and Ocracoke, the tacky tourist-trap build-up to Myrtle Beach just didn’t persuade us to check it out. Plus, we decided we have to push on taking advantage of relatively pain-free days to cover more miles.

Our journey was smooth and uneventful, thanks to Eunice R. Garmin. She said little, but when she did speak, we obeyed unquestioningly, didn’t get ourselves lost as in the past, and got to our campground well before dark. Oak Plantation’s grounds are spacious, dotted with shady, moss-draped live oaks and taller hardwoods whose tops caught the golden light of the late afternoon sun. The surrounding woods rang with birds’ evensong, and it felt like we’d driven right into the heart of spring.


We’ve signed up for three nights here and look forward to taking an historical tour and discovering Charleston tomorrow. I think I’ll truck-stash the sweaters, extra blanket and coats, too.

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2 Comments on “Finding Friends and Moving On”

  1. Diane Gallo Says:

    YAY SPRING! LIVE OAKS! SKIPT THE MYRTLE! SWEATERS SWEPTAWAY! O my dears, all the frozen pipes now seem worth it, at least to me sitting here by the fire in my armchair. I love the picture of your three night Charleston campground and I’m thinking you really got the best of everything as you move through fairly empty campgrounds. Soak up Charleston for me. Love, Diane

  2. annikaairstreamadventures Says:

    Hey…..I found the card with your blog address!

    We love tracking your adventures and your colorful descriptions of sites. I lived in Savannah for 5 years, a beautiful city and surrounding area. We are currently at Tall Pines Harbor Campground in Sanford, VA and heading for McDaniel, MD for the next few days to visit with friends before heading back to PA. We will continue to monitor your adventures.

    Bruce, I have been spreading the word about the Verizon EVDO hot spot concept. And, I am making my CampingWorld shopping list in preparation for our next adventures. Hugs to you both.

    Nancy has to get back to town next week in order to present her research findings at an AERA national conference the weekend of March 20th in NY City. I am so proud of her.


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