A Relaxing weekend with family
Trip Start Oct 18, 2010
16Trip End Oct 30, 2010
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We know we are in the south. Confederate flags are popular gift shops items. We even saw Confederate flag paintings on black velvet. A flag pole outside someone's home had a US flag, a state flag, and a Confederate flag with a chopper motorcycle on it.
Driving on Hwy 121 out of Asheville, NC we saw a vending truck by the side of the road – Mr. Hot Dog and Mrs. Ice Cream. Drawn on the side was a hot dog jitterbugging with an ice cream cone. It could be a rival for Happy Dawg in Chicago. And I didn't have my camera handy.
Smoking is prevalent in the south. At the truck stop where we fueled our RV, at least ½ of the people gassing up were still smoking. We wanted to get out of there as soon as possible, but it takes a long time to fill a 75 gallon RV tank.
Southerners also love their sweet tea. Our grand-nephew ordered sweet tea with lunch and Dave teased him that he’d better watch it – the tea has so much sugar that if he drips the tea on the table it will crystallize and form stalagmites.
The weather in Augusta is beautiful. It’s enough to make us want to move here. We have to remind ourselves that Augusta had 90 days over 90 degrees this summer. Our niece and nephew have a great back yard for chilling. The back of the property is lined with 50’-60’ pines, oaks and maples. The huge pool is surrounded with azaleas (which bloom 3X a year), camellias (which bloom in December) and other pleasant landscaping.
Later that day our younger grand-nephew and his friends decided to swim. Our guess is the pool temperature was about 60°. We took bets on how long they would last. The shortest was 20 seconds. They ran and jumped into the pool. They were out in less than 5 seconds.
In the evening our ten year grand-nephew and three of his friends piled into the RV. They decided to tell ghost stories. A couple of boys told their stories. Not being used to young boy's ghost stories, they didn’t seem that scary, so I tried to 'ooooooo' at the appropriate times. I told the family my nephew might think his Aunt Sue was really dumb because she didn’t get the stories. .
We had a great time visiting the family, but tomorrow we are moving on to Charleston, SC.