We just returned from an awesome road trip visiting with family and friends, though it was really tough dropping our animals off at their temporary homes for the next year. We covered 2200 miles starting August 9th going from Boca Raton, FL to Myrtle Beach, SC and then to Charleston, SC, then up to Blowing Rock, NC and over to Lake Toxaway, NC and finishing up in Tampa, FL. We put sum miles on dem tires!
We arrived in Myrtle Beach at about 2 am on Wednesday because we got locked out of the Boca house while loading the car Tuesday morning. What a great way to start a road trip! The purpose of our visit to Myrtle Beach was to drop off our two cats, Kahlua and Sundance, at the Cats Meow a long term boarding facility. That was the worst day I have ever seen Rachel. For those of you who don’t know, the cats are like our kids, so saying goodbye was extremely difficult.
Stop number two was beautiful historic Charleston, SC where Rachel went to college. Boy, was she happy to be back! Her old roommate Heather and her boyfriend Mike were kind enough to let us stay at their house, where they hosted a bbq for us, took us out on the town, and to the beach. Thanks Heather and Mike! I hope we can return the favor someday. We also got to have dinner with the family Rachel babysat for in college, who run an amazing crepe company you have to check out if you’re ever in Charleston!
After Charleston we drove to Blowing Rock, NC to Rachel’s parents’ vacation home to spend time with her family. While everyone in Florida was cooking in 90 plus degree humidity drenched heat, we were playing golf, enjoying great food and drinks, and hiking the Blue Ridge mountains in 65 degrees (and maybe a little rain). It was a great relaxing weekend! But at the end of it, Rachel had to say goodbye to her mother and sister. Tears were shed. It was the second time I had to see Rachel cry. It made me a little teary eyed.
After Blowing Rock it was time to go see my family in Lake Toxaway, NC. Lake Toxaway is like summer camp for retired people in the mountains. They play golf every day, take boats out on the lake, throw social mixers and “Margaritaville” parties, etc. I was able to play golf on the private course while Rachel had a girls day with my mom. Then my dad came up from work in Florida for a long weekend to throw a party at the house with the grill fired up. By this time in our trip, we were well set in a routine of eating, eating, and eating! We also left Indy with my parents in Toxaway, and we feel really good about her being there. She has 2 other rascals to run around with, great weather, plenty of land, and lots to look at and smell so we’re certain she’ll be happy though we’re going to miss her very much.
Last but not least, it was time to make the 11 hour drive from NC to Tampa to visit with the rest of Rachel’s family, since most of my family and friends are in South Florida. We spent a few days with her family and had a nice little get-together to say goodbye to all her aunts, uncles, cousins, grandmothers, and great aunt and uncle. It is comforting to know that we have friends and family who care very much about us and will be thinking about us while we’re away. During the road trip we were shown so much love and support, and we feel so lucky. So now we’re home for a week to start packing and run last minute errands. The countdown begins!