Our home on wheels is about 40’ long. I’m mentioning this because it occurred to me today that you have to really like someone … a lot … in order to live with them, 24/7 in an RV. David is not only my husband but also my best friend. We will celebrate our eleventh wedding anniversary on Friday, and also mark our first month out on the road together. I have regrets for neither. We have been blessed with a wonderful marriage and doubly blessed in this fun retirement adventure. Most mornings, we make the bed together. David has been preparing the coffee while I go out for my hour bike ride and that is so nice! He’s spoiling me real good! Hey, I spoil him right back! This place would close in on us pretty quickly if things aren’t back in their place when not in use, so we work together to restore order when we’re finished with stuff. We share the responsibilities of our pet's care, laundry and dishes too. It feels as though we are not only well suited to one another but also to our motor-home lifestyle. There have been several days of rain where we’ve been ‘stuck’ inside. We read, play canasta and watch some TV although that’s not our major entertainment. Based on this first month, I could see us doing this full time. On Sunday it seemed as though it was going to be another bust for Charleston – the rain was heavy all evening and throughout the night. I was disappointed, but awoke with some optimism when the skies were cloudy but no showers. We decided to give it a try and that turned out to be a good decision – the weather was clear all day, and Charleston was amazing. I think we could have spent several days there. First thing on my agenda was to see Fort Sumter and we boarded the noon ferry for the thirty minute ride to the island. I didn’t realize that South Carolina was the first state to declare its secession from the Union. The new Confederacy demanded that Ft. Sumter be turned over to them, and after 36 hours of attack, US Army Major Robert Anderson finally surrendered. Several years of siege followed but the fort never fell again to the Union. We met some really nice people on the ferry, Jean and James Preveaux from Orangeburg, SC, not far from Columbia. James is a Baptist Preacher and Jean grew up in Charleston. I think that’s a fun part of our trip – meeting so many nice people. We had a nice visit with them as we headed back into the harbor after the tour. Dave and I enjoyed strolling through the streets, checking out the historic restored homes, churches and soaking in the history. We also visited the big market area, looked at a lot of pretty things but didn’t spend any money. Many people make beautiful baskets with palm fronds. Dave asked a woman if she had callouses and she said no, but wakes up during the night with her fingers throbbing. One of her smaller baskets sold for $85. We found a nice local seafood restaurant for lunch, the Noisy Oyster. Dave tried their gumbo and thought it was really good, following it up with a huge piece of key lime pie. It looked more like a cheesecake and although he thought was too big, ate the whole thing. I stayed with my usual salad with chicken and was happy with that. Even though I listened intently, we never did hear anything that sounded like a noisy oyster. After a fun day, we headed home around 5, and hit more rain. At times it was extremely heavy. More rain is forecasted for Tuesday but I kind of like it at night – I seem to sleep better. When there's a gentle rain, the quiet tapping on the tin roof is soothing! There is an element of spirituality in this whole RV adventure – loving my husband, learning more about our country and worshiping in a variety of churches. I wake up every day and thank God for the new experiences, and the wonderful people we are getting to meet. My life is better because of it all. And here you thought that this was just going to be one of those boring, "we went here and there" blogs. Wednesday is another travel day, as we head to the western side of South Carolina.
"I just cant wait to get on the Road Again" Willie Nelson