Every year I go away in the summer to escape the heat of south Florida and to see some beautiful scenery. My go-to place is the mountains of North Carolina, what we Carolinians call The High Country at the highest elevations of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I’ve been going here for several years and renting a condo on Sugar Mountain. Cute little “cabiny” place which I have enjoyed. This year, however, I’m going to my own place, a rather deluxe, if I do say so myself, camper in a nice, wooded campground.
I bought the place at the end of last summer after much internal debate. How long will I be able to make this drive at my age (which is golden). What if the river rises? What if the snow buries my piece of paradise when I’m not there? In spite of all the dire answers, I bought, and now I’m preparing to spend the first night in the 38 foot camper I bought last summer. My “RV guy” (every helpful person up there is a guy of some sort) checked the place out last week and has pronounced it good to go – or in my case, good to stay right where it is. I could never even think of moving it.
I’m leaving tomorrow, on Thursday. Will get to South Carolina that night and continue on the next day. In my car will be four and a half months of clothes and supplies, my new laptop computer so I can continue my Heartwarming series, the Cahills of North Carolina (latest book pictured below), my sweet little Willie (see below) and, thank goodness, my generous son, John (on the left below) who has agreed to ride up with me and fly back. Love that kid! I also will pack healthy snacks (for John – I like Cheetos) drinks, and audio books. You’d think I was going to Alaska!
All this makes me wonder…what do you do to prepare for a road trip? Are you single like I am, and does it bother you to go alone? Or is every trip the opportunity for a new adventure? I hope I never lose that childlike sense of excitement when the car is loaded and I turn the key.
Whatever your plans for the upcoming summer, I hope you have a great time and a new adventure.