With only a couple of weeks left to take care of unfinished projects at Faith, we had to be sure any new ones could be finished before we left. One that had been bugging Cathy since we arrived last fall was the sign above Asbury Hall that had been hanging down precariously by a single screw, as the wood was rotting. Entering Faith’s campus from the campground, it was the first building you come to. The one where all of our project meetings were held. Where the Ocean Roads class met on Sunday mornings. Where Cathy had done all of her sewing this year. Where we staged groceries during the pandemic. Where we went to have Zoom calls. Passing by it multiple times a day, the sign begged to be fixed, but other priorities kept getting in the way. Cathy decided she had a small window to take care of this before we left town.
The RV was demanding more attention as we prepared to move again. Some things were just easier to do in Jacksonville, like cleaning the roof, scrubbing and stowing the grill, defrosting the freezer and washing the truck. There were also some repairs that we had been “meaning” to get to, that finally made the priority list – like replacing the plug on the RV’s power cord. This had been taped up for more than a year. We had the replacement plug for almost as long. However, when we moved the RV out of our site and up to the parking lot a week before leaving, we noticed a blackened prong on the old plug. Replacing it seemed much more urgent now.
A few years ago, we upgraded our TV, only to discover after the fact that it didn’t have a connection to the RV’s stereo speakers. However, with our noisy AC running most of the time, it could be difficult to hear the TV sound. Dave was considering a new TV, when he discovered a simple solution with our existing TV. He bought a cable that connected the TV’s fiber optic port to the sound system. And magically, the speakers work again. How many years ago did we buy that TV?
Then there’s the boat. Despite her best attempts to ignore it, Cathy drug herself up the ladder to check out the cover and the boat’s interior. It was still dry inside, but it needed some attention. One of the cover supports had bent back so that it wasn’t supporting the cover. Also, there were more spots where water was accumulating, blackening the cover and causing more leaks. Then, there were the bugs. Ants from the nearby trees had found their way onto the boat.
With the sweltering summer heat, we couldn’t face sleeping in an RV with no or limited A/C, so boondocking on the trip north was out of the question. Cathy found 2 campgrounds, close to I-95 and reasonably spaced to make for shorter days. The first was in Walterboro, SC about 50 miles north of the GA line. And the 2nd was in Roanoke Rapids, NC which gave us the opportunity to see Christina and Serenity for the first time in a long time. Both campgrounds allowed us to check in over the phone and stay no-contact. We limited our stops en route to fuel and rest areas, keeping away from others successfully, and making for an uneventful trip.
We were excited to see Serenity, who has grown a lot since we saw her last. We were lucky to arrive between softball nights. We kept our distance and donned our masks for the visit, as we sat outside Mother Nature smiled on us with a cooling breeze at the end of a hot day. Hopefully, it won’t be so long before our next time together.
Shortly after arriving at Pocahontas, we met with the new volunteer coordinator, Kerstin and her boss, Dustin to discuss the work for the coming months. The Appamattuck group cabins that had received so much attention last fall had some minor painting tasks to consider them complete. Our primary focus for this year’s Cabin Work Week would be its neighbor, the Chickahominy group cabins. There would be some smaller volunteer groups between now and October, so we agreed on some suggested projects for them that varied to accommodate their skills.
No question we’ll have plenty to do.
Our last walk on the evening before we left Jacksonville was during the remnants of a rain storm. We got a blessing as a result with a beautiful rainbow (with a faint double as well). Guess that means it’s OK to move on.