Well, I’m way behind on keeping up on blog posts. Turning out to be not so good at this blogging thing. Anyway…
My goal had been to at least make it to my parents’ house in Aiken, SC in time for Thanksgiving and I managed to do that, rolling into town on 11/20. December was spent hanging out with family, taking little side trips and taking a nice break from the road.
Aiken is a neat little town. Quaint, historic and with a rich tradition in horses.
Both Roo and I were VERY happy to be taking a break from van life and it was good to stay put and get into a regular daily routine again.
Early December, I went off to visit friends on Kiawah Island for a few days. Mornings started with a sunrise romp on the beach with Roo. Evenings ended with a sunset romp on the beach with Roo. During the days we tooled around the island or explored Charleston. Kicking it with friends was fantastic and Kiawah Island during off season was amazing. Felt like we had the place to ourselves at times.
After Kiawah Island I returned to Aiken for the remainder of the holidays. This was the first Christmas I’d spent with my parents since they’d retired to South Carolina.
It was great fun to see the vast Christmas decorations collection my parents have accumulated on display. It takes weeks to get them all up and then take them all down.
Poor Roo got caught up in holiday shenanigans.
As the holidays and year came to a close I was feeling a little antsy and on New Year’s Day I opened a card from my aunt and got a good reminder of what this whole road trip is about.
I packed up the van and set out on January 2nd, heading south towards Florida, hoping to find some warm, sunny weather. More on that soon.