Happy Birthday to our friend Jake Wagner! Hope you have a great day of celebrations! You are one amazing person and we are blessed to have met you on this journey!
We had committed to getting up early and getting an early start out of DC. Dawson’s phone alarm chimed early at 6:30 I think. I had left some of the window blinds up to let the morning light help us rise and shine as well. It was pretty clear but cool morning and we were welcomed outdoors for Summer’s walk to a beautiful sunrise.
I started the inside chores of moving and storing things to be able to pull the slides in. Dawson started the outdoor packing of emptying tanks, and rolling up hoses, storing outdoor chairs and fun stuff like that. The kids got up and ready on their own and even got themselves a light breakfast of cereal and fruit. The girls took out to walk down to see Kaia and Tara and Ginger. They are ready to move on but wish we didn’t have to leave their friends! Q actually helped his dad with a few of the outdoor chores of emptying tanks and what not. He is really gotten to be a good help to his dad.
We did well getting everything done in good time. We are still rookies but getting the routine down. We had a bit of a chore getting our hydrolic lifts to retract all the way back up so that the alarm would quit beeping at us. I really think they were just cold this morning as it dropped down into the 30's last night. We were able to use our feet to push on it as it was going up. Thankfully the last one cooperated and the coach was ready to roll again after sitting 2 weeks. Dawson started the engines and determined his exit strategy out of our spot on the hill. We found flatter ground after pulling up and around the hill and were able to attach the van. We headed over to the Karleen’s to get the girls and give our final round of hugs and our final good-bye. We feel so blessed that our path’s crossed with Dan and Tara and Charlie and Kaia. They are wonderful people and a fun family that sees things a lot like we do. They are considering meeting us in Florida in a month! That would be a kick. I hope they can pull it off. If not, we believe we will see them again…..they are always welcomed at our house in KC and they are the kind of people that would love our rustic cabin up in the mountains of southern Colorado. Please come West sometime once we get home, Karleen’s.
Richmond, Virginia – RV to the Kenworth truck dealership for routine maintenance …..so we had to find something to do for the next 4 hours. We had lunch at IHOP….kids pick. It was warmer here in Richmond but still cool enough to leave Summer in the car for awhile while we ate. Then I looked at the GPS for a park where we could run the dog and the kids. We stumbled back in time to a colony from the mid 1600’s it was really cool. Here is where we ended up and it was a fascinating day of some early american history along the bank of the river! We learned a lot from the folks dressed up and interacting from that time and place. Check out the website: http://henricus.org/history/
We left the park to head back to the Kenworth dealership to see if the RV was done and to hook the car back up and head on down 95 to North Carolina. Larry and Doug said the RV looked good and gave Dawson a list of all the parts needed to change the oil. They completed a 120 point check on the rig and said it looked great. We had a few more hours on the road to get to our next stop in North Carolina.
As we exited the highway to get to the RV park - we were greeted by an amazing sunset. At the RV park in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina we pulled in just prior to dark and got all set up. Mena and I took Summer to the off leash dog park to run. There we met a young boy named Wyath and his dog Milo. Milo was a super cool labordoodle – he was white with brown spots, very cool. Wyath was here with his family enroute to Mrytle Beach for the holiday week ahead. They were in a pop up camper. It was his parents, Meg and Eric and his brothers Rowan and Finn and the two big dogs, Milo and Tripper. They were from Pennsylvania and were super fun. We all hung out at the gazebo in front of or RV – fun bonus to have. I added our rope lights we purchased at one of our home depot outings several weekends ago. That added light to the already very dark sky. We enjoyed getting to know them a little bit. They went to get some dinner and then we went in to eat. They asked if we wanted to hang out a little when they get back. Oh course that would be fun. They all took a tour of our RV and we hung out until around 10. They are early risers and are going to leave pretty early.
I didn't get a picture of them and I think their last names where Martin. But I did give Meg our website and can't wait for her to connect with us so we can keep in touch. We hope you all have a marvelous time in Myrtle Beach and have an amazing family Thanksgiving to cherish and remember for years to come! We were impressed with your fun positive attitudes and sense of adventure.
Here's to "only living once"! It was our pleasure to meet all of you Meg, Eric, Wyath, Rowan, Finn, Tripper and Milo
We hope our path's cross again.