Local stuff that's what makes the difference
Trip Start Mar 01, 2013
8Trip End Mar 31, 2013
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It's been a while. But I feel that you have to have material to say something interesting. And for a while I had writer's block. (some people are shocked I know). But today I feel I have some material.
In summary we met Bubba, a lion, a school, people from Oregon, an Eagle, a Pawn shop owner, a sweet bike, a nice trailer, Johnny Rocket, Jimmy Buffet, VROOM VROOM and a lot of flowers. What a trip you say. Well! if you are interested, please follow me.
When you have more time what makes things more interesting is to do "local" stuff". Not just the usual "touristy" hideout for a week visit. We went to the city of Surfside Beach where they were having a BBQ at the library. Good weather, good food and good music, a recipe for good times. We went around and saw the stands that sold interesting local stuff
We then went back to do groceries at Food Lion. We tried hard to find good stuff Canadian style (not easy). But after $151 we think we succeeded a bit. And we had the record for plastic bags. They are supposedly recyclable but there is so much of them. We decided that we will bring back some for home. Hope they will pass the customs.
We also went to an elementary school for their craft sales. First, they have nice schools. Two, they have space (2 gyms) to hold the sale. Finally they have craft and commercial vendors mixed together. It was fun to talk to people but better for us we did not buy anything (saving it for the South Shore craft sales later).
We also went to the "MAC" store to find out a wire to watch films on TV from our MAC
Meeting people is the thing (always, everywhere). We met a couple from Oregon who are "fulltiming" (sold everything and decided that the camping life was the only thing). Started from Oregon where their family lives and went to Vegas for a month (camping and gambling on the same site: what a life). Then went to Texas for a while. They are in Myrtle for at least 2 months. They put us to shame with their seashells collection. Some of the ones they discarded on the picnic table were better than ours(we shall continue in our search of the perfect seashell and bring a ton of them back anyway). But they were nice people. We will continue to talk to them. US campers in general say hello and talk to you. Quebecers and Ontario's people are more shy.
One thing that does not change whether you stay a day or a month: the beach stores have sales which mean total "squat". The stuff is for summer mainly and all the stores sell the same stuff. Maybe we've been there too much over the years. So no buying this time
We went to see the trailers. Camping World is the best place to look. "All" the units are open (take that Quebec dealers). There are some very interesting ones (Cougars especially). We saw a trailer who is setup like a fifth wheel and was to both of us "BUYABLE". But after talking to the salesman, the procedures to get them back in Canada is so complicated that it won't be for this time. We also looked at those "hinged" bicycles. But after trying them they did not feel right. We will take our own and buy a rack to transport them to campouts (watch out the "bicyclist" campers here we... well maybe ..come this summer).
For some days we been doing the "pawn shops" because Doreen wants a Ukulele. So far nothing but you never know. Very strange to go in a place with guards who welcome you with a gun.
We went to Broadway at the beach for my birthday. A super area with shows and shops and restaurants. We wandered around and try to find out if we wanted to go to the Rypley's aquarium or to the reverse house. "Reverse" you say ? yes the legend has it that it landed upside down after a "phenomenon". Both are ok places but not cheap. So we decided to go eat instead. Johnny Rocket is this 60's diner place. Hamburgers and soda and dancing servers. Yea! The difference from 3 years ago is that in 2010 they dance on a 50's song. This year they dance on "STAYING A LIVE" from SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER. Not the same feeling but I guess they need the kids to remember the song. The meal was good. Then the classic: we went to eat Key lime pie at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville. Fun! Atmosphere is good and they celebrate birthdays with balloons(not mine, I did not tell them it was mine)
Today (Friday) we went to Fun in the Sun. It is a car (muscles and classics) exposition. It has become a monster expo (VROM!!). It is now at and old shopping center space (no more shopping there). It is hugue. Too much! (VROOM, VROOM). In a field with a lot of sand we went and look at a lot of them but could not look at all of them (VROOM, too much VROOM, VROOM). A lot of noise there. On Saturday I would not want to be there (closed roads and all).
We went out of there with the smell of gaz in our nostrils and a bunch of pictures. An event in itself. After coming back we decide to stop at a little place called " Old Time Pottery" so we could see if there was anything interesting in there. WELL!!!!! It was huge. Everything for outside, inside, the kitchen, the bedroom, the bathroom.and thousand of plastic flowers. No wonder our feet are tired. We came back to the campground and I need a beer or 2.
That was an experience was it? I told you so. I guess my writer's block was just temporary. But seriously it means we had a lovely time this past week....and there are still 2 more to go. Even if the climate is cool I guess the time was HOT.
See you later
P.S.: if you leave Doreen long enough with plush toys you can see for yourself what happens to her hands (at the end).