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  • Writer's pictureInger and Jeff Latreille

Not Quite Expected

~Sunday, April 16, 2023~

Day 1,037 (Travel Day)

Goodbyes are never easy. But knowing we’ll connect soon again with these fine people makes it a bit more tolerable. Jeff and I were so touched by Amy’s parting words saying, “You and Jeff are our role models for sure,

hoping to be able to do what you’re doing at your age.” “Gosh Amy, we’re not THAT old,” as I jokingly replied. With Amy doing a little back peddling, everyone got a chuckle out of the whole thing. I’m sure she meant “age” to mean not older, but wiser!

With only an hour’s drive, we wanted to leave the campground as late as checkout would allow….11:00 a.m. Our stay in North Charleston at Tideland Brewing through Harvest Hosts, would offer us a bridge between Yemassee and North Carolina until our campsite became available. But there was a slight hitch when we arrived. Another Harvest Host guest who had just arrived before us, told us the brewery had failed to contact any of us about a car show they were having and that where we would normally have parked our trailers was unavailable. Scrambling, the brewery manager asked if we’d be o.k. temporarily parking in a nearby auto garage lot (the brewery was in an industrial part of town as so many are) until the event was over around 9:00 p.m. But neither of us wanted to move again.

So there would be our “campsite” for the night……an auto repair parking lot set between 2 dumpsters, and the shade of a few trees; not quite what we envisioned but a safe, quiet location nonetheless.

Of course we’d patronize the brewery as planned, but partake in the car show as well. We weren’t quite sure what to expect from this event, but as it turns out, it was fun to visit. Evidently, this is a bi-weekly event where local car enthusiasts gather to show off their wheels and bounce ideas off each other. From generic Mitsubshi’s to fancy $250,000 dollar Corvettes, it runs quite the gamut. It was fun to mingle with the local folk while getting an education on the time and money that goes into making these cars look and perform the way they do. All in all, it was an unexpected series of events, but sometimes those are the best kind. The car show was fun and the beer was a 9 out of 10. After having met the family from North Carolina at our Thousand Trails campsite, is it sign #2 having now met our parking lot neighbors from Asheville, NC? Since things happen in 3’s, we’ll see if something else reveals itself to really know if this is really where we’re meant to be. Do you believe in signs?

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