Our first stop after leaving Hilton Head was to visit George and Gail , some friends from our sailing days who now live near Wilmington NC. After a nice lunch, we sat down to a dog-eat-dog game of Marbles and Jokers that ended in a squeaker victory for the men. (Guess the ladies shouldn’t have been so nice to them.) We headed out late afternoon to make more progress north. We had an appointment to see Alexis and Serenity the next morning in Roanoke Rapids.
The new cabins at Pocahontas are the park’s best-kept secret. Only opened in July, they sit on a point overlooking the lake and one could easily forget about the world outside relaxing in one of their rocking chairs. But the inside is equally inviting. Whether it be sitting by the fireplace, or cooking in the well-appointed kitchen, we spent a week there in the lap of luxury.
Saying goodbye to Cathy’s sisters and brother-in-law, we headed south out of Virginia on Monday the 27th. Unfortunately, so did just about everyone else on the eastern seaboard. For a trip that Google claimed would take about 8 hours, we managed spend almost twice that. We made it to Florence, SC for the first night, and finally pulled into Jacksonville around 4pm the next day, glad that we only had to listen to I95 traffic, not sit in it any more.
There were already Nomads in the campground when we arrived, and more followed shortly after us. By week’s end, as the fireworks were going up, we had a pretty full campground, and were preparing to start the new year with a lengthy list of tasks that needed attention at Faith and its mission partners.