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Old 05-21-2018, 06:49 AM   #1
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Well folks, unfortunately, we're back in NY. We had a great time in SC last week, but would not do the trip down or back in 2 days again. 2-1/2 or 3 would be much better!

As it is, I very rarely drive our Ford Escape (with the 3500# tow package) over 60, and usually peg it at 57 unless the speed limit is less. The tall profile of the Parkliner affects the tow capacity in a negative way, but as long as we drive in "S" we do fine. We had about 21 or 22 mpg through the trip, including some side excursions just with the Escape. No problems at all with either the egg or the TV the entire trip. I am very thankful about that!

I did think I had a problem with the trailer when we were in stop and go traffic around DC. This white Ford 3/4 ton 4 door pickup kept pulling alongside and yelling something I could not make out. I was sure she had noticed something askew with the Parkliner. Finally, after about the 5th attempt, we got close enough and she asked "DO YOU WANT TO SELL THAT TRAILER?" Never had that happen before. Told her "No." No use negotiating on I-95...

Huntington Beach State Park is very well run. We were impressed and would go back in a NY minute. On the other hand, I think we would do the week before or the week after, as the week we were down there was bike week, meaning mostly Harley Davidsons. Myrtle Beach, which the park is pretty close to, we packed, traffic was real bad, restaurants were packed. Lot of pretty bikes, tattooed guys and gals, and nobody with a helmet on, which is very different from over-regulated NYS!

The three miles of Atlantic Ocean beach, at this time of year, is only sparsely used. I think it connects to the state campground at Myrtle Beach. We had a lot of folks with Harleys in our campground. I figure Myrtle Beach was packed with them. We got in the water every day, at least a bit, and I was completely in 3 days, and swimming two of those.

All together, through the week, we saw 6 other eggs, all Scamps and Casitas of various age (2002 through 2017) and one Bigfoot truck camper, which looked awesome. We saw a few eggs going north as we went down the weekend before last, but none on the way home last weekend.

While we never made it to the restaurant Mary and Bob suggested, we do have one good recommendation - the Hot Fish Club in Murrell's Inlet. Gail had some kind of lobster roll, and I had a fish platter. Both were excellent.

Oddest things we saw at the campground - what looked like a new F650 red Ford pickup in front of a small stickie. And a renovated 1993 Fleetline Terry 5th wheel some fellow had seen on the side of the road, picked it up for a song, and tore the interior out and built new. He really did an incredible job on it. It was their first trip out with it.

That's all for now folks, gotta get to work!

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Old 05-21-2018, 07:30 AM   #2
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Glad to hear you had a great time!
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The route we take is I 87, to I 84, down I 81. Sometimes over I 77 to Columbia SC and I 26 out to I 95. We won't go near DC. We usually do a overnight stop at the Natural Bridge VA KOA. However on our way up this year we drove all the way from Huntington Beach to Jonestown PA . Too long a day, but made for a shorter ride home the next day. Route 29, that we pick up east of Winchester VA isn't too bad of a ride, and it goes by the museum for The Waltons TV show. The author of the show grew up there and his former school is the museum.
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We need to plan a trip sometime in your direction! There is a lot that I would love to explore in the NE!
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I mentioned that possibility to Gail, but she wouldn't go for it. I will copy this route info and present it to her. I like that idea.

I don't know if you two are still tear dropping. The only kind we saw this last week were store bought new ones. Nice looking though!

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The route we take is I 87, to I 84, down I 81. Sometimes over I 77 to Columbia SC and I 26 out to I 95. We won't go near DC. We usually do a overnight stop at the Natural Bridge VA KOA. However on our way up this year we drove all the way from Huntington Beach to Jonestown PA . Too long a day, but made for a shorter ride home the next day. Route 29, that we pick up east of Winchester VA isn't too bad of a ride, and it goes by the museum for The Waltons TV show. The author of the show grew up there and his former school is the museum.
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Jan,

There is a plethora of great stuff to see in the NE. In NYS, other than the Adirondacks, we particularly like Letchworth and Watkins Glen State Parks. Both display awesome canyons.

The NE coast has lots of stuff to see, both beach and rocks. Also, if you want to get further NE, Nova Scotia and particularly Cape Breton are must-see places.

Having said that, we will be planning more trips to SC. We very much enjoyed out stay.

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There is a plethora of great stuff to see in the NE. In NYS, other than the Adirondacks, we particularly like Letchworth and Watkins Glen State Parks. Both display awesome canyons.

The NE coast has lots of stuff to see, both beach and rocks. Also, if you want to get further NE, Nova Scotia and particularly Cape Breton are must-see places.

Having said that, we will be planning more trips to SC. We very much enjoyed out stay.

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Thanks Frank! I'll research the areas! Appreciate the info!
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My wife and I made a note to be careful when we're around DC towing our Parkliner. We'll have to be on the lookout for "loose cannons" like you encountered on I-95! Glad you didn't have an accident.

We stay in Huntington Beach State Park every Thanksgiving. Love it!
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Probably want to make sure to avoid the area over Memorial Day Weekend. There are 2 "Bike Weeks" and this is when the second one happens.
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Frank; we only use the teardrop for vintage camper rallies and car shows or cruise-ins. Other times the Uhaul will go to vintage rallies. We just got home from a fiberglass rally in NH, took the Casita to that one.

John, we have been at Huntington Beach two times over Thanksgiving. Last time was probably 3 years ago. Had TK dinner one time at Brookgreen Gardens, the other time at Charlie's.
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Having said that, we will be planning more trips to SC. We very much enjoyed out stay.

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South Carolina does state parks right.. mostly.

At this very moment I am at Hunting Island State Park (SC). WiFi is good at my site! I had reservations here two years running.. and two years running the park closed due to hurricanes. Finally on my third try I made it with the Scamp. You can still see the effects from Irma everywhere, but its good they got the park and many of the campsites reopened. Its nice to actually hear the ocean waves at night from the camper.

Edisto Beach State Park should also be on your list I think (the beach campground over the "forest" loop). But it also suffered some and I have not been back since Irma so I can't give a report on conditions there.

The crowded beach last Saturday at Hunting Island SP>
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We canceled both Hunting Island and Edisto for stays this past March. Only been to Edisto once in the beach campground, Hunting Island several times. Gordon; are the sites near the beach open? We usually took a site in the 40's, maybe #44. Oh wait, wife just looked on Reserve America and it doesn't show those sites so I answered my own question.Looks like that area is parking and picnic tables. I saw some photos of that area after one of the hurricanes, showed the toilets in one of the restrooms full of sand. We like to stop at the Chocolate Tree in Beaufort, best candy ever, and supposedly where Tom Hanks bought the candy that was in the box in the movie Forrest Gump.
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Glad your South Carolina trip went well. We’ve had trailer stalkers approach us more than once. Best was at a McDonalds. As we came out after using the WiFi a man and his wife got out of their pickup that was parked behind us in a gravel side lot. They wanted to know about the trailer. He said “I was in surveillance in the Marines and told my wife they’ll have to come back sooner or later.” Nice Folks. We were at Huntington Park about October 15 or so. It was the week before the Clemson/Tennessee football game and those Harley folks don’t have nothin on those golf carts that look like a rolling tiger. A nice Fiberglass trailer will draw a crowd or comment about anywhere. Next one you’ll hear will be from a 5th Wheel with several slideouts. “ We’ve been thinking about downsizing”.
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Unfortunately for others, you didn't mention the amazing variety of wildlife adjacent to the campground. All kind of birds and water life! I saw my first Painted Bunting there. It's a fascinating place!!

P.S. Try Bubba's Love Shack for great food. It's a few miles north at Murrell's Inlet
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