Exploring Charleston, SC

We arrived at Lake Aire RV Park near Charleston, South Carolina on Monday evening after a beautiful drive through the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Then, after a full day of work at our computers on Tuesday, we were ready to get out and begin exploring Charleston SC. Our challenge was to explore the area without spending much money. You see, we’ll be joining our son and his family in Orlando later this month, and the theme parks aren’t cheap. So what can you do in Charleston for free?

For starters, there’s Folly Beach County Park. There’s no admission fee in November/December. We packed a lunch, which we ate in the car before hitting the beach. I think we had a high of 74° and it was partly sunny, but it was windy so a sweater was called for. The sand was warm though, so our shoes came off and we walked barefoot at the water’s edge. Waves crashed over a sandbar a ways out from the shore – huge waves. From one angle it looked like the sea was boiling. The tide was going out and shore birds hunted the ebbing tide streams for small fish. Between the sound of the waves, the wind, and the shorebirds, it was downright noisy, but also peaceful and romantic. This was a perfect afternoon and our only cost was the fuel to get there.

Today, we explored Charleston SC on foot. We started at Battery Park where Jerry snapped photos of a Coastguard C-130, a Coastguard Cutter, sailboats and ships, and an artist capturing everything on canvas, before we set off down the sea wall. On one side was the ocean, on the other southern mansion after southern mansion. I love the architecture and the colors. With a two-hour time limit where we had parked and not having noted the time we pulled in, we cut our walk short to move our car to a proper parking garage near Waterfront Park, then walked the nearby streets – again snapping photos until we were tired and ready to call it a day.

We’ll venture out once more while we’re in the area, maybe to Edisto Beach or possibly to James Island for the Holiday Festival of Lights. Beyond that, we need to get more client work done and catch up on some of the less exciting household tasks … laundry, etc. We’re here until Monday morning, November 11, then will be heading for an overnight in Jacksonville, a few days in Titusville, Florida, and about two weeks near Orlando.

Too Dark To Grill Out

Though I have a set of rope lights that I can attach to my awning, its not always practical to do so but there are times when you need some light to cook outside on the grill. Sure there are now “grill lights” that you can get that mount to your grill…but they are typically expensive and do little else to illuminate the rest of the work space or table where you plan on eating.

While cruising the seasonal clearance items at Wal-Mart one day I spotted some solar spot lights while picking up some solar accent lights. Later I saw these same solar lights being used by others to keep their US Flag illuminated throughout the night. IDEA!

Why not use them to do the same for my work area while cooking! So on my next visit to a Wal-Mart I found the same lights on sale there…for $7.00 each so I picked up two. Now I have yet to come up with a more permanent way of mounting them to the awning supports…I’m thinking flag pole bases mounted to hold the spot light posts. So far I have held them in place with some Velcro cord detanglers  which held them just fine.

If you don’t need them for your grill or table, use them for your flag or to cast a security light on the dark side of your RV or Towed. Here’s another great tip. How to keep your solar lights charged between uses while traveling. Simple place them in a window such as on the back of a couch, on your dash or anywhere they can get direct sunlight. They’ll recharge and be ready for use the first evening at your new site.

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Feeling Bugged?

Regardless of whether you live in a brick n stick or an RV it seems that you can never get through the door fast enough to prevent pesky flies and other bugs from entering. “Hurry up get inside and close the door before every skeeter in neighborhood sneaks in!” Well sometimes they may not be using the front door at all.

I’ve been reading a lot about sewer flies and if your units plumbing doesn’t have P traps then yes its possible for bugs to enter through your plumbing coming up from the sites sewer through your discharge hose. But I would look elsewhere if you have a problem with Mosquitoes and Flies. First, if they are small flies look at the fresh fruits and veggies you might have stored on your counter. In an RV since the space is more confined than it is in a conventional dwelling they are instantly noticeable.

Another place to look where they might be entering is around the doors and windows of your unit. Are the door seals sealing tight? How about the windows? Are they shutting completely and are your screens free of holes? An often overlooked spot insects can infiltrate an RV is the gap between the windows and the screens, especially those where the glass slides past the screen and the screens can be slid open as well. There are brushes between the two, usually mounted on the screen itself to prevent insects from slipping between the two.

These sweeps should be checked to make sure that the space between the Sweep and the glass is narrow enough to deter insects from entering. If the gap is greater than an 1/8th of an inch, you probably should replace the Sweep with a new one or add a second one to the glass to double up to narrow the gap further. You can purchase this material which comes in a couple of different “brush heights” at a glass sales and service store. I have a couple windows and the entry door that can use some attention in this matter, so I will be doing that soon! Its just a matter of removing the old material, cleaning the surface and applying the new. Some used adhesive strips others slip on depending on surface being applied to.

Badlands National Park

 

Regardless if you sit in the Cedar Ridge Campground or drive around the Park, you will be treated to ever changing scenery from well before dawn to well after sunset. Here are just a few images I captured during our two day visit to Badlands National Park, Interior, South Dakota.

 

 

 

 

Morning Visitors

We were told to expect to see Wild Turkeys and Deer wandering around the place when we checked in. Until this morning only the Wild Turkeys had graced us with their appearance several times a day. Well this morning Shari looked out the window to see a small group of deer. I quickly stopped doing what I was doing (editing images) and grabbed my camera. I spent a good half hour watching and taking pictures of these deer.

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