Friday, May 7, 2010

Heading Out Again,,,,

We are officially back on the road. We left out on Tuesday and stayed the first night in Statesboro. Leaving Stateboro we only had a short ride to Charleston, SC. We stayed at James Island County Campground, which was absolutely beautiful. We have stayed in some magnificent resorts, and few of them matched the beauty of this one. Now, having said that, the getting there and leaving is hazardous to the well being of your RV if you are traveling in a Class A motor home. The streets leading to the campground are lined with beautiful oak trees. Unfortunately, many of them have limbs that are growing downward and on the way in a limb that was impossible to miss hit one of our antennas and the satellite dome. From the sound of it we thought it destroyed both, but incredibly, nothing was damaged.

If you are in Charleston and want excellent seafood at reasonable prices, we have to recommend Hyman's Restaurant on Meeting street. Food was outstanding as was the service. A big thanks to Ken and Sheryl Cochran for the recommendation!

When we left James Island County Park, tree limbs from trees lining the road are growing out into the street, and they are impossible to avoid if there is on-coming traffic. The good news is I was able to wax out several long scratches on the passenger side.

It is now Friday and we are in Myrtle Beach at a great campground called Ocean Lakes. It is very large but well maintained. It offers many amenities and a number of activities each day. We are staying here until Saturday morning and then we will head for Jacksonville, NC for the night.

We had to drive a few miles down the beach to Murrell's Inlet for really great seafood. We stopped at Drunken Jacks where we had excellent bar service, good restaurant service, and the seafood was very good.

We left Ocean Lakes Saturday and headed north. We planned to stay at a campgound near Jacksonville, NC but we made such good time we drove on to Washington, NC and stayed in Trantor's RV resort. Trantor's is a very good overnight stop. It is very clean and the staff are very friendly and helpful.

We crossed the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge around noon Sunday. It is our first visit to the Outer Banks (OBX) and the beauty that everyone who has visited here describes is evident the minute you drive onto the islands. We entered at Nags Head and drove the 23 miles down to Rodanthe and Camp Hatteras and we arrived around 2:30.

Rodanthe is a small town with a few markets, several restaurants, a few kite shops (Rodanthe is a favorite location for the kite surfers) and many pretty rental houses. The nearest "real" grocery store is 17 miles south toward Okracoke. A Harris Teeter (my favorite) is 23 miles north back in Nags Head, and a Wal Mart is located about 35 miles north in Kitty Hawk.

Camp Hatteras is a very nice RV resort and the staff are very friendly. We were made to feel welcome by all the staff we came in contact with and we are looking forward to working with everyone. We have a very nice site that is in short walking distance to the beach on the Atlantic side and an equally short walking distance to Pamlico sound. We have free access to all the resort's amenities, including kayaks, swimming pools, miniature golf, and tennis courts.

Today (Monday, May 10) we are just going to spend the day exploring. One thing we are looking forward to is getting the Jeep on the beach and spending some serious time 4 wheeling (yes, that is allowed here, as are fires on the beach).

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