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Newest Set:
Oktoberfest 2019
Oktoberfest 2019
10/06/19

Cool pictures of our apartment Cool pictures of our apartment
10/06/19

Burle Max at NY Botanical GardensBurle Max at NY Botanical Gardens
09/14/19

Papai In MemoriamPapai In Memoriam
08/04/19

Aussie Parents' VisitAussie Parents' Visit
05/15/19

Balcony GardenBalcony Garden
05/05/19

A New Car!A New Car!
04/24/19

San Francisco San Francisco
02/10/19

Iceland Five-OIceland Five-O
01/26/19

Twin CitiesTwin Cities
10/12/18

Oktoberfest 2018Oktoberfest 2018
10/07/18

TerceiraTerceira
09/11/18

Ferry to TerceiraFerry to Terceira
09/10/18

São JorgeSão Jorge
09/07/18

PicoPico
09/05/18

FaialFaial
09/03/18

São MiguelSão Miguel
08/29/18

Wander Lucio's Visit - 2018Wander Lucio's Visit - 2018
07/03/18

Summer 2018Summer 2018
06/30/18

Brunch Harbor SailBrunch Harbor Sail
06/17/18

Deutschland 2018 (Karl)Deutschland 2018 (Karl)
03/29/18

Iceland 2018 (Karl)Iceland 2018 (Karl)
03/20/18

Brasil 2018 (Fernanda)Brasil 2018 (Fernanda)
03/17/18

Karl's Singing BirthdayKarl's Singing Birthday
01/26/18

MiamiMiami
01/19/18

GørillGørill
01/01/18

New Bathroom II!New Bathroom II!
10/24/17

ChicagoChicago
10/13/17

Oktoberfest XIOktoberfest XI
10/08/17

ApocalipseApocalipse
08/22/17

Oregon!Oregon!
08/16/17

Madison, CTMadison, CT
07/10/17

Diane's Wedding, observedDiane's Wedding, observed
06/11/17

Brasil 2017 (Fernanda)Brasil 2017 (Fernanda)
03/24/17

Christmas 2016Christmas 2016
12/24/16

New Bathroom!New Bathroom!
11/01/16

Staycation in BrooklynStaycation in Brooklyn
10/15/16

Oktoberfest XOktoberfest X
10/09/16

VermontVermont
09/18/16

Brasil 2016Brasil 2016
08/10/16

Italy 2016 (Karl)Italy 2016 (Karl)
07/27/16

Berlin 2016Berlin 2016
06/11/16

NashvilleNashville
01/21/16

Germany, 2015Germany, 2015
11/26/15

IcelandIceland
11/20/15

Cape CodCape Cod
10/18/15

Oktoberfest 2015Oktoberfest 2015
09/27/15

Lunar Eclipse - "Blood Moon"Lunar Eclipse - "Blood Moon"
09/27/15

Summer 2015Summer 2015
07/18/15

HawkHawk
07/17/15

BerlinBerlin
04/01/15

The Faroe IslandsThe Faroe Islands
03/20/15

CopenhagenCopenhagen
03/19/15

Christmas at the New Place (2014)Christmas at the New Place (2014)
12/24/14

Danube River Cruise (Karl)Danube River Cruise (Karl)
11/18/14

Wilmington & Western Railroad, 2014Wilmington & Western Railroad, 2014
11/02/14

The BerkshiresThe Berkshires
10/18/14

Oktoberfest 2014 - Executive HouseOktoberfest 2014 - Executive House
10/05/14

2014 Brasil - World Cup2014 Brasil - World Cup
06/24/14

Longwood Gardens - thank you RuthAnn!Longwood Gardens - thank you RuthAnn!
04/26/14

California, 2014California, 2014
02/19/14

Thanksgiving 2013Thanksgiving 2013
11/28/13

Berlin, Tante Wiebke (Karl)Berlin, Tante Wiebke (Karl)
11/24/13

Iceland, 2013 (Karl)Iceland, 2013 (Karl)
11/20/13

Through the Looking Glass with Karl in EuropeThrough the Looking Glass with Karl in Europe
11/18/13

Vermont 2013Vermont 2013
11/01/13

Wilmington & Western Railroad Steam Engine Train RideWilmington & Western Railroad Steam Engine Train Ride
10/20/13

Oktoberfest 2013Oktoberfest 2013
10/05/13

Brasil 2013 (Fernanda)Brasil 2013 (Fernanda)
05/25/13

IntrepidIntrepid
05/04/13

Road Trip SouthRoad Trip South
03/24/13

Another German Christmas (2012)Another German Christmas (2012)
12/24/12

Hurricane SandyHurricane Sandy
10/29/12

Oktoberfest in our Apartment 2012Oktoberfest in our Apartment 2012
09/30/12

Air Show, Tough Kennamon, PAAir Show, Tough Kennamon, PA
08/25/12

Greece, Islands, 2012: SifnosGreece, Islands, 2012: Sifnos
07/20/12

AthensAthens
07/19/12

IRF ReunionIRF Reunion
06/23/12

Vermont, 2012Vermont, 2012
04/08/12

Our Tulip BloomsOur Tulip Blooms
03/25/12

Party for Karl's 43rd BirthdayParty for Karl's 43rd Birthday
01/28/12

Christmas 2011 at Mt. SnowChristmas 2011 at Mt. Snow
12/24/11

5th annual Oktoberfest in our Apartment!5th annual Oktoberfest in our Apartment!
10/01/11

Guests, 2011Guests, 2011
09/12/11

Karl's Father in 2011Karl's Father in 2011
09/10/11

Misc. grab-bag, 2011Misc. grab-bag, 2011
08/18/11

Brasil 2011Brasil 2011
07/15/11

Vermont, "Spring" 2011Vermont, "Spring" 2011
04/23/11

Nidhi and Arvind's Bangle CeremonyNidhi and Arvind's Bangle Ceremony
03/27/11

Karl's 42nd Birtday (observed)Karl's 42nd Birtday (observed)
01/29/11

Winter Vacation with Missy and AlexWinter Vacation with Missy and Alex
01/15/11

Brasil 2010Brasil 2010
10/04/10

Oktoberfest 2010, HackensackOktoberfest 2010, Hackensack
09/25/10

Governor's Island, NYCGovernor's Island, NYC
09/19/10

Karl's familyKarl's family
09/12/10

VermontVermont
03/26/10

Skiing Hunter Mt. 2010Skiing Hunter Mt. 2010
02/14/10

Karl celebrates turning 41Karl celebrates turning 41
01/30/10

Babs visitsBabs visits
01/17/10

New Year's EveNew Year's Eve
12/31/09

Halloween/Thanksgiving 2009Halloween/Thanksgiving 2009
11/26/09

Oktoberfest 2009, HackensackOktoberfest 2009, Hackensack
10/03/09

2009 at the pool!2009 at the pool!
08/18/09

Brú na BóinneBrú na Bóinne
08/08/09

GalwayGalway
08/04/09

Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland
07/30/09

DonegalDonegal
07/24/09

Dublin, etc.Dublin, etc.
07/18/09

2009 with the Urano family2009 with the Urano family
05/23/09

Brasil 2009Brasil 2009
04/10/09

Weihnachten, 2008Weihnachten, 2008
12/24/08

Syncsort Xmas Party 2008Syncsort Xmas Party 2008
12/15/08

Family visits: Karl's parents, uncle, and cousinFamily visits: Karl's parents, uncle, and cousin
11/22/08

Vania's VisitVania's Visit
11/15/08

Marden's visitMarden's visit
11/08/08

Autumn hiking, Ramapo, NJAutumn hiking, Ramapo, NJ
10/18/08

Oktoberfest 2008, HackensackOktoberfest 2008, Hackensack
10/04/08

Labor Day Pool PartyLabor Day Pool Party
08/31/08

Philharmonic in the Park (yet again)Philharmonic in the Park (yet again)
06/24/08

Fernanda's Parents Come to VisitFernanda's Parents Come to Visit
06/02/08

Memorial Day Weekend in CT with MissyMemorial Day Weekend in CT with Missy
05/26/08

Fernanda's Birthday Party, 2008Fernanda's Birthday Party, 2008
05/17/08

Katja comes to visit!Katja comes to visit!
04/20/08

Spring 2008Spring 2008
04/12/08

Nikhil's Karaoke Birthday Bar PartyNikhil's Karaoke Birthday Bar Party
04/05/08

Cross-country Skiing in New EnglandCross-country Skiing in New England
02/09/08

Karl's Birthday Party 2008Karl's Birthday Party 2008
01/26/08

Xmas 2007Xmas 2007
12/24/07

Syncsort Xmas 2007Syncsort Xmas 2007
12/08/07

Oktoberfest in our ApartmentOktoberfest in our Apartment
10/06/07

Crash!Crash!
09/15/07

Nebraska, IowaNebraska, Iowa
09/13/07

Wyoming, Nebraska, Blow-outWyoming, Nebraska, Blow-out
09/12/07

Nevada, Utah, WyomingNevada, Utah, Wyoming
09/11/07

California, NevadaCalifornia, Nevada
09/10/07

San FranciscoSan Francisco
09/09/07

San Francisco, Sausalito, Mill Valley, TiberonSan Francisco, Sausalito, Mill Valley, Tiberon
09/08/07

San FranciscoSan Francisco
09/07/07

Yosemite to San FranciscoYosemite to San Francisco
09/06/07

YosemiteYosemite
09/05/07

Sequoia, Kings Canyon National ParksSequoia, Kings Canyon National Parks
09/04/07

Nevada, Death Valley, CaliforniaNevada, Death Valley, California
09/03/07

Arizona, NevadaArizona, Nevada
09/02/07

ArizonaArizona
09/01/07

Grand CanyonGrand Canyon
08/31/07

Utah, Grand CanyonUtah, Grand Canyon
08/30/07

CanyonlandsCanyonlands
08/29/07

Arches National ParkArches National Park
08/28/07

UtahUtah
08/27/07

Wyoming, Idaho, UtahWyoming, Idaho, Utah
08/26/07

Yellowstone, Grand TetonsYellowstone, Grand Tetons
08/25/07

YellowstoneYellowstone
08/24/07

Wyoming, Montana, YellowstoneWyoming, Montana, Yellowstone
08/23/07

South Dakota, WyomingSouth Dakota, Wyoming
08/22/07

South DakotaSouth Dakota
08/21/07

Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South DakotaIllinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota
08/20/07

Ohio to ChicagoOhio to Chicago
08/19/07

Pennsylvania to OhioPennsylvania to Ohio
08/18/07

5th Brazilian Film Festival, NY5th Brazilian Film Festival, NY
08/08/07

Fernanda's Birthday Party 2007Fernanda's Birthday Party 2007
05/19/07

ParisParis
03/31/07

AmsterdamAmsterdam
03/30/07

VolendamVolendam
03/29/07

AntwerpAntwerp
03/28/07

VernonVernon
03/26/07

Château GaillardChâteau Gaillard
03/26/07

Château de VersaillesChâteau de Versailles
03/25/07

Ski Trip 2007 -- Mount SnowSki Trip 2007 -- Mount Snow
02/17/07

Karl's Birthday PartyKarl's Birthday Party
01/27/07

WeihnachtsfeierWeihnachtsfeier
12/24/06

Syncsort Xmas Party 2006Syncsort Xmas Party 2006
12/09/06

New Car!New Car!
11/28/06

Random New YorkRandom New York
11/05/06

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New YorkAt the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
10/24/06

Wander Lucio & ChristyWander Lucio & Christy
10/20/06

Oktoberfest at Bear MountainOktoberfest at Bear Mountain
10/08/06

New EnglandNew England
09/30/06

Barbeque with John and PetyaBarbeque with John and Petya
09/03/06

Sabira's Birthday PartySabira's Birthday Party
08/12/06

Allegra's Birthday PartyAllegra's Birthday Party
07/30/06

Opera in the ParkOpera in the Park
07/18/06

At the BeachAt the Beach
07/16/06

Ante Syncsort Group DinnerAnte Syncsort Group Dinner
07/14/06

Word Cup, USAWord Cup, USA
07/09/06

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, once moreBrooklyn Botanical Gardens, once more
07/08/06

Brasil 2006, Ceará: Fortaleza, JericoacoaraBrasil 2006, Ceará: Fortaleza, Jericoacoara
06/17/06

Brasil 2006, Belo HorizonteBrasil 2006, Belo Horizonte
06/10/06

Karl's & ParentsKarl's & Parents
06/04/06

Happy Birthday Pool Party!Happy Birthday Pool Party!
05/19/06

Cherry Blossom Festival, Brooklyn Botanical GardensCherry Blossom Festival, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
04/29/06

Planting a GardenPlanting a Garden
04/09/06

Fixing Up the CarFixing Up the Car
04/09/06

At the Ballet with AFSAt the Ballet with AFS
04/06/06

AlanaAlana
04/02/06

Various Times at Sean & Cecilia'sVarious Times at Sean & Cecilia's
03/05/06

Skiing, 2006 - Hunter MountainSkiing, 2006 - Hunter Mountain
02/18/06

Karl's Birthday (observed (by some))Karl's Birthday (observed (by some))
01/25/06

Bente's VisitBente's Visit
01/10/06

Xmas Party 2005Xmas Party 2005
12/12/05

Ballooning in Lancaster, PABallooning in Lancaster, PA
11/05/05

Segovia, SpainSegovia, Spain
10/14/05

Toledo, SpainToledo, Spain
10/13/05

Madrid, SpainMadrid, Spain
10/12/05

Sevilla, SpainSevilla, Spain
10/10/05

Évora, Tavira, and the Road to Spain...Évora, Tavira, and the Road to Spain...
10/06/05

Porto, PortugalPorto, Portugal
10/04/05

Eclipse -- Bragança, PortugalEclipse -- Bragança, Portugal
10/03/05

Coimbra and Conimbriga, PortugalCoimbra and Conimbriga, Portugal
10/01/05

Nazaré and Obidos, PortugalNazaré and Obidos, Portugal
09/28/05

Lisboa and Sintra, PortugalLisboa and Sintra, Portugal
09/24/05

Wander Lucio and Christy's VisitWander Lucio and Christy's Visit
09/18/05

Dinner at Sean and Cecilia'sDinner at Sean and Cecilia's
08/13/05

At the BeachAt the Beach
08/06/05

Pool MindersPool Minders
07/30/05

From Ivy's Beach to Ivy's PartyFrom Ivy's Beach to Ivy's Party
07/23/05

Opera in the Park for Allegra's BirthdayOpera in the Park for Allegra's Birthday
07/19/05

Five Year Anniversary CruiseFive Year Anniversary Cruise
07/17/05

Social ButterfliesSocial Butterflies
07/16/05

Social PicturesSocial Pictures
07/14/05

Central Park Summer StageCentral Park Summer Stage
07/09/05

4th of July, 20054th of July, 2005
07/04/05

A Day on the RiverA Day on the River
06/25/05

An Opera in the ParkAn Opera in the Park
06/14/05

Memorial Day, 2005Memorial Day, 2005
05/30/05

Scooting in NJ Liberty State ParkScooting in NJ Liberty State Park
05/29/05

Scooting to <i>Ashes & Snow</i>Scooting to Ashes & Snow
05/28/05

Fernanda's Birthday Party, 2005Fernanda's Birthday Party, 2005
05/20/05

Juliana & CristianoJuliana & Cristiano
05/15/05

Nidhi & Arvind's Wedding (observed)Nidhi & Arvind's Wedding (observed)
05/07/05

Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival), Brooklyn Botanic GardenSakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival), Brooklyn Botanic Garden
04/30/05

Brasil, 2005Brasil, 2005
04/18/05

About TownAbout Town
03/01/05

At HomeAt Home
02/28/05

The Gates in Central ParkThe Gates in Central Park
02/13/05

Winter, 2005Winter, 2005
01/23/05

A New YearA New Year
01/01/05

Christmas 2004Christmas 2004
12/25/04

Syncsort Xmas Party 2004Syncsort Xmas Party 2004
12/21/04

More randomMore random
12/20/04

Buraco nightBuraco night
12/19/04

Thanksgiving 2004Thanksgiving 2004
11/25/04

ZZ
10/31/04

AFS NYC Zoo tripAFS NYC Zoo trip
10/30/04

Pumkin Pickin'Pumkin Pickin'
10/23/04

Old Short HillsOld Short Hills
10/03/04

Whirling dervishesWhirling dervishes
09/24/04

Random Fall 2004Random Fall 2004
09/22/04

Saroj's birthdaySaroj's birthday
09/20/04

Pool Party!Pool Party!
08/22/04

Allegra's PartyAllegra's Party
07/17/04

FamilyFamily
07/15/04

GuestsGuests
07/11/04

Summer 2004 Misc IISummer 2004 Misc II
07/01/04

Beach 2004Beach 2004
07/01/04

Opera in Central ParkOpera in Central Park
06/16/04

Summer 2004 MiscSummer 2004 Misc
06/01/04

Brasil 2004, the restBrasil 2004, the rest
05/31/04

Brasil 2004, part 3Brasil 2004, part 3
05/29/04

Brasil 2004, continuedBrasil 2004, continued
05/20/04

Fernanda's Birthday, ObservedFernanda's Birthday, Observed
05/15/04

Brasil, 2004Brasil, 2004
05/14/04

Highlights of HoliHighlights of Holi
03/12/04

Holi - Full SetHoli - Full Set
03/09/04

New KitchenNew Kitchen
02/09/04

Xmas 2003Xmas 2003
12/24/03

Wanessa's WisitWanessa's Wisit
12/16/03

DiwaliDiwali
10/24/03

RandomRandom
10/04/03

Misc Dinners, Parties, 2002, 2003Misc Dinners, Parties, 2002, 2003
09/16/03

Fernanda's Very Old Family PhotosFernanda's Very Old Family Photos
09/04/03

Cristiano's VisitCristiano's Visit
07/15/03

Fernanda's Birthday PartyFernanda's Birthday Party
05/18/03

Europe 2003Europe 2003
04/25/03

Oz 1998Oz 1998
08/01/98


Road Trip South

Bessinger Bar-B-Q
Bessinger Bar-B-Q
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We search for an Early Spring, we find the Endless Winter...




1st day:
408 miles. Slept in Burlington NC, the crappy Motel 6 that reeked of smoke and had  a broken ice machine. The Wifi was 'available' not free, but they gave us the key anyway because they're nice here.

Had dinner at Hardees on the way, mooched the wifi from pizza hut and booked the motel 6. Went to Food Lion for cereal, milk, candy, etc

24 March:
302 miles.
Rain, rain.
Walked around Charlotte, found the TI, they pointed us in the direction of the free history museum. We're cold and soaked, so spent a while there learning about cotton plantations and segregation in the South. Walked around the Uptown area, saw the giant Nascar building.
Leaving town, we saw a Bojangle's and I was hungry. So we had our first sweet tea (tasted just like Cha Mate), biscuit filled with egg and cheese and dirty rice.
Then drove toward Charleston, SC. Spent the night in St. George, at the PeachTree Inn, after finding the America's Best Value Inn too loud. Went out to the Piggly Wiggly back at the other exit. But that was no good, so went back to a better supermarket, bought bacon and potatoes to cook at our room.

25 March - Monday:
201 miles
Breakfast of waffles, lots of ice for the car, cooked the rest of the bacon, and took off in the direction of Summerville. Drove around the cutesy houses and millions of churches. Parked for a while and walked around consignment shop and downtown. Found the azalea and camellia park.
Then drove on to Charleston. Parked at metered space at Meeting St, walked down King. Karl stopped at a hat store, we went to the Waterfront Park. Walked back to the car through market street, saw lots of straw baskets, made our sandwiches, drove down to the White Point Gardens. Then got out of Charleston over the bridge a couple of times, to find the plantation that was free: Charles Pinckney National Historic Site. It was pretty small, we walked around it quickly, saw the house and the grounds, then Karl wanted to drive to the beach. It was pretty fancy, overbuilt. We parked and walked over the dune. VERY Windy, the sand was dark, the ocean wasn't that blue. I didn't feel sorry we couldn't stay at the beach.
Then we drove over to Angel Oak, the oldest living thing east of the Mississippi, 1400 years old. The grounds were fenced and closed by the time we got there, but it was still ok to see.
Then we left Charleston, in the direction of Savannah. We were both saying we hadn't come across boiled peanuts yet, when we passed a Kangaroo Mart with a sign for boiled peanuts. Too late, we got on this deserted highway, with nothing to see. Finally, after a long time, we saw a sign warning us of impending boiled peanuts on the right. We stopped where we saw some cars, but it was just a little store, not there. Kept going and found the stand. They were boiled in the shell, I had to ask the guy how to eat them. He said shell with hands or teeth, but he's seen people who eat the shells. Cajun or regular? Regular for us.
Found a country store along the way and Karl made a U-turn for it. We bought some Peach Cider for 10 bucks a half a gallon. Made it to within 30 min of Savannah and stopped at a motel when we were tired.

March 26 - Tuesday:
150 miles
Drove into Savannah, after getting directions at the Welcome Center in Georgia. Parked a public lot for $2 an hour. Walked around some, took the free Dot bus around town. Liked the harbor area, so we got off around there and walked the shops and street. Lots of peanuts and praline shops. The smell was just like brigadeiro but the taste was different and the cook said they use half and half, not condensed milk. Saw a little indoor market at the harbor, but didn't find the town all that magical. The antebellum mansions left something to be desired after Charleston. And quite a few poor people on the streets and signs about not encouraging pan handling.  Couldn't find the kind of place I wanted to eat at. After our jaunt, we left town and decided to drive down to Florida. Stopped at a Zaxby's chicken place. Not much choice. Ended up ordering 10pc chicken tender and fried mozzarella. Went to the bathroom, and food still wasn't ready. So when I asked for sweet tea, the nice kid didn't charge me. Karl then also went to the bathroom and I stayed reading a book and trying to finish some of the food. We had different combinations of the sweet, unsweet, and half and half tea, but the sweet was the winner.
Drove to the border of Florida and got a room at the America's Best Value Inn in Kingsland, GA.

March 27 - Wednesday
194.8 miles
Pathetic "breakfast" of tea and packaged muffins at the motel, refilled the ice and left for St Augustine. Stopped at the Florida Welcome center for map and 'fresh' juice. I had grapefruit and Karl had Orange. Public parking at St. Augustine was about $10, so we drove out a bit and found street parking. Walked around the fort Menendez, then in the St. George pedestrian street, then ventured out over the bridge into Anastasia Island and back.
Around the Visitor center there was a Brazilian cafe. We had a couple of kibes.
Saw the beautiful Flagler College. Had a Gyro at a Greek diner and walked by the Ripley's Believe it or Not museum ($35 per person). They had a reproduction of David, life-size in Carrara marble made in the 60's in the garden. Karl commented that it doesn't seem as impressive as the real thing but we couldn't figure out why.
Stumbled upon the Authentic Old Drug Store. The travel website said the building had been sold to a wax museum. They did have an Angelina Jolie, but kept the old drugstore around. They had lots of feminine ailment products.
Walked all the way north to a nice park, around the Mission where the first mass was celebrated in the US. Lady of la Leche…
Then up to the Fountain of youth, where we finally found the cannon shootings we'd been hearing about during the day.
Long trek back to the car and over St. Augustine Beach to Fort Matanzas National Landmark. We got there 10 min before the last free ferry to Rattlesnake Island, however the ferry had been fully booked for the past hour. Disappointed, we crossed the street and walked around the beach. There were tire marks from people who are allowed to drive there, as well as the sheriff's ATVs (we saw three riding together). The beach was very overbuild, one condominium after another, and Karl was despondent. We started listening to 'The Last Lecture' going for broke.
Drove north to Jacksonville. Found a citrus tourist trap, but at least they had samples of nice OJ. A huge stuffed alligator. Back on the road I pointed the GPS at the Fountain of Friendship, but there was nothing around: no people, no place to park. So we crossed the bridge over to Jacksonville landing, parked and walked along the river. Again, some shops and restaurants, but pretty dead. Two boats with couples on-board sipping wine on the sunset. Other than that, nothing happening. Kept pointing out the huge Everbank building to Karl.
Walked back to the car through some more dead streets, tried to point the GPS to the Historical center, but it was a Convention Center and a bunch of hotels. Gave up on Florida. Stopped at an exit for motels. The first place smelled like cigarettes and the clerk said it was the only room she had. Across the street an Econolodge was cheaper but the room had loud TVs and crying babies around. He gave me a cheaper room still, but smelled of must. So we gave up on Florida entirely and drove back to Kingsland, GA. Stayed at 'Clean Stay USA' and the room looked very nice in comparison. The lady praised Fernandina beach in FL, but it's too cold to go there. She pointed us to a supermarket where Karl got bagel, cream cheese, fudge, cuties. 

March 26th, Thursday
268 miles
Brought breakfast into the room, left for Beaufort. Got there kind of hungry, parked on the street close to the Rhett house, and got a map from the visitor center. I wanted either seafood, or the authentic South Carolina barbecue that the guide book mentions (no ketchup based sauce: either mustard or vinegar).  I asked at the information - after she corrected my pronunciation. I later read there is a BOW-ford in NC. This one is pronounced to rhyme with phew. Anyway, I asked her if there was a famous bbq place there, and she said no. She recommended Plums, down the street. Karl found a fish place on the map and we checked it out first but it was underwhelming. Went back to Plums. Had a low country boil (shrimp, spicy sausage, red potatoes, corn boiled with Old Bay seasoning). The place rapidly filled up and there was a wait when we left. Karl had had a peach beer. We walked around the nice old houses, by the water and cannon. Then took off for Hunting Island to see the beach and lighthouse. It was a state park, $10 to go in, but we committed anyway. When I got out of the car at the visitor center, there was an alligator sunning itself on the banks of the pond. Went back to the car to get Karl and the binoculars. Drove on to the lighthouse, but there was another fee to go up it. So we just parked ourselves at the beach. I got my feet wet but the water was super cold. In the sunshine, with no wind, I rolled up my pants and took off my fleece, but later had to put it back on again.
Ditched the place when it was getting colder (car said 54 F when we got there). Passed by a Gullah Grub restaurant I'd seen on the way in but it was closed at 5:45.  There was a woman selling the SC woven sweetgrass baskets so I stopped to look anyway. The random one I picked up was $185…
Saw a man on the road walking a giant turtle. Karl thought it was a pet. I thought it was an ecological act of protecting the turtle on its way. Kept going into an empty route 17 where we'd found boiled peanuts and peach cider. No bbq restaurant though. So as we approached Charlotte, we picked something likely from the GPS suggestions (Bessinger's). Ended up being a very nice place. The dining room was closed 'due to damage'. But people were lining up outside the drive-in, so we did too. Had a traditional chopped pork barbecue with collard greens and corn bread. We drove into Charleston and ate it by a lake close to some fancy houses not far from the university. Drove around the downtown area, Karl approved that the lighting was muted but not dead. Tourists were walking around, horse tours still going on at 8pm, some pubs. Drove up close to the airport, first motel had roaches, so came to the Roadway Inn, which was the best place we stayed in so far. Aboutt $60 compared to 45 or so

March 29 - Friday
246.8 miles
Had breakfast trying to avoid looking at the woman with no neck, then made our way up the coast toward Myrtle Beach.
A TON of motels, one after the other. We were speculating on their prices, 90 or 130, when we started seeing that some of the them were advertising their prices: $45, 35 and a bunch had 29. I guess with so much competition and such cold weather.
We pulled in at a public beach access, but it was metered and there was a police car soon after we stepped into the sand. So we kept going for a while and after the main, Las-Vegas-like strip ended, there were some nicer houses with lots of beach access that had free parking. It was around lunch time so we started looking for a seafood place. That took us to the strip-mall and we found this giant buffet that the guide book said great things about. They were only open after 2:30. The other seafood buffet next door was $26 and nothing special. So we decided to find a supermarket and go to the beach. Took the wrong turn on the road, missed the supermarket, Karl was hungry, so we had to make a snack stop and then just went back to the nice beaches since by then we'd backtracked that far. The beach was really cold and windy. We set up for a while, read, snacked, but probably stayed for less than a couple hours. Went back to the big restaurant. Got there at 3 and they were just starting. They was a huge crowd. People checked us in as the Spongebob party. While we waited, I went to check out the buffet. It was a huge place, $30 a head, Karl is not a big fan of seafood, so we blew it off. Stopped at one of the bargain beachwear places: nothing over 7.99 (in one corner of the store). Kept driving along the shore, stopping every now and then to take a look and discussing the Last Lecture. Around 4, we crossed over to North Carolina on the small roads. Stopped in Calabash and there were tons of Seafood restaurants. By the river, there were 3 places next to the other. I picked the one that looked the best and Karl had some North Carolina Barbecue. I had the best, sweetest shrimp. Platter also had deviled crab (casquinha de siri com old bay) , and fried oyster, flounder, hush puppies). We ate by the water, looking at shrimp boats, with a pitcher of water and sweet tea at the table and the waitresses all commiserating with me that my husband wasn't so hard to convince (I'd told them I'd get him since he didn't much like seafood).
We had lots of left-overs, drove along the shore some more. Karl took us to an island beach to see if it was developed. There were plenty of houses there. He said we should now take a look at the Hamptons, to see that the development there was more tasteful.
Drove in the direction of Wilmington, NC to try to find motels, pointed the GPS at an America's Best Value Inn. It had been rebranded. The receptionist was a pilot doing a favor for his friend whose employee had quit. He owns 3 hotels in this strip. The pilot was quite slow at checking people in, so I got a long story of where he'd worked (airlines, air shows) and his plans for the future (puddle jumping to Raleigh, FL, etc)

March 30 - Sat
393.5 miles
Had a terrible night. The room had some noise of music beat, people were coming in late. Finally got up and put ear plugs in and got some sleep. In the morning, we went straight to breakfast before showers and noticed that it had rained and was only 5C. Had breakfast, reconsidered our options of exploring the much touted Wilmington (in the motel's brochure). We went into Wilmington and took advantage of the city parking - first hour is free. They were having a farmers market in the downtown historical district. The approach was really ugly, but the town looked ok. It was raining, and the market was small, so in 30 min we were back in the car. Karl drove around the rest of the town and we headed in the direction of Wrightsville Beach, just to take a quick look. Nothing different, pay to park, lots of houses on the shore. So headed North toward the outer banks. In the car, we ate the left over seafood from yesterday. Around New Bern Karl saw signs about it being the birth place of Pepsi. I got the guide book out to see if there was a museum. Sure enough, there was one so we exited to take a look. It was just a little store, no samples, nothing free. But we had a glass of pepsi, read the history (it ends with the company going bankrupt in 1923), and saw the original recipe posted on the wall. Next door there was a litter of 7 puppies in a play pen, so we watched them getting fed and playing around. The town was cutesy,  we walked around the waterfront, lots of Bears everywhere, then found a store with imports from Switzerland and Germany. They had everything, including candle holders and candles. Karl bought some Christmas candles, looked at a replacement for his pocket knife that got lost in one of the motels night before last, and we got back on the road. New book now, by the author of What's Eating Gilbert Grapes (called The Heights).
Saw a sign on the road for Fireman's barbecue. Lots of signs. So we stopped. It was 2:30, they still had some, but they had slashed the price from 7.50 to 5. We took one plate since we were both kind of full and ate on the road.
Finally made it to the outer banks. Karl remembered vacationing at some empty beaches and campsites here when he was a kid so we were going to look for the place where the development stopped. Found it, just south of where we hit the Outer banks. We got out at the beach. It was 5pm and really cold, so we didn't set up camp. He felt better, we drove back south on the State Park, hit a preserve, but then there was a town, with backhoes trying to keep the sand dunes from invading the 'town'. Drove south some more until the end of the town, then turned around to see Kitty Hawk before it got dark. We just made it. Bootlegged some parking and got out to see the beach. Not many houses on the beach side. The ones that were there had to get backhoes to clear their driveways of the sand that shifts there. Reminded me of having to deal with snow.
We were hoping for lots of motels like at Myrtle beach, but there were fewer and more expensive. So we decided to keep on driving to Virginia. Stopped at one last Food Lion to get Cheerwine in case they don't have it outside of NC. Listened to the story and drove forever on some really dark roads. Lots of cops but we were obeying the speed limit. I saw a turtle on the side, facing the road.
Crossed into VA and still no motels. In Chesapeake we gave up and pointed the GPS at a Super 8. Turned out to be a Quality Inn now, more expensive, but it was past 9pm and we were tired, so we just took it. This is our last night on the road.

March 31 - Sunday
315 miles
The room kept getting worse: last night - fridge wouldn't open, my bedside light wasn't plugged in, the tissue box in the room was empty, the lotion bottle was half used. This morning the toilet clogged and when we went to take a shower, there was no water pressure. The Indian lady at reception was nice and came up right away with a spare key so we could go into another room. But this was really no Quality Inn. She took my phone number and said she'd speak to the manager. [Hey, hey, they called and said they were giving us a refund! So props to Quality Inn!] So we started the drive towards Virginia Beach. The weather was miserable all day. Rain and more rain. Got out for a quick picture, then stopped at a Krogers for sandwich bread and lunch meat, got gas, because we thought we'd be in the middle of nowhere all day. Crossed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel. Stopped at the gift shop just before the first tunnel. Then drove towards Assateague park. It was hardly the middle of nowhere. Plenty of gas stations, Food Lions and Wendy's. But Karl liked the scenery, with farms and fields. We tried to get to the water, but didn't find any nice places before the park. The park had nice beach access, but unintuitive to figure out where the fee payment was and how to get to the other beach accesses.
Then on to Ocean City, MD. More of the same, then into Delaware: Rehoboth was the last beach we visited. Delaware had some more parks. Driving on the back roads behind the beach though, Karl mentioned that he could close his eyes and say he was anywhere in SC, NC, etc.
From Rehoboth we just took Route 1 straight to Landenberg. Watched the YouTube video of the Last Lecture and saw the pictures on the book on tape.

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