Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Family Visit and Errands in South Carolina

After spending the quietest 4th of July in our lives, we left Lake City, Florida on July 5th and headed north to South Carolina. We just wanted to make some time, so we took I-10 east to I-95 and drove the 375 mile trip up to Lexington, South Carolina.

We made a 3-night reservation at the Barnyard RV Park in Lexington. We had stayed here on a prior visit in 1997 and it is a good park with 50 amp service and very long pull through sites. A reasonable price of around $28.00 per night, also. After we got settled, the first order of business was to check online for a camera. We wanted to replace the camera we carelessly lost while at Walt Disney World. I found the one we wanted at Ritz Camera in nearby Columbia.

The next morning we went to the post office to ship some things to our granddaughters that they could not stuff inside the suitcase when they flew home. Then we found the PetSmart and made the appointment for Annie's grooming. Finally, we got to the Ritz Camera. They had the model we wanted. We bought the Fujifilm Finepix S1500. It is just like the one we lost, but the newer model. It is a great camera for a good price. This time we bought a bright red camera bag! Hopefully, we won't easily forget this one since the color is so bright. The old camera bag was black and we think it just blended into the booth seating at the restaurant and we just got up and left it behind without even noticing it. Dumb! Dumb! Dumb!

That evening we went over to visit with my Aunt Ada. My grandmother was Ada's oldest sister....a family of 8 girls! Aunt Ada is 96 years old and we hadn't seen her in 4 years. Ada lives with her daughter, Alice, and son-in-law, Arthur. They had all moved south from New Jersey quite a while ago.

We had an enjoyable evening over a great dinner and caught up on family events. Alice and Arthur are wonderful folks with a genuine southern hospitality for guests.
Here is a picture taken with our new Fujifilm camera.... Alice and Artie.
Here is my wonderful Aunt Ada. She suffers now from macular degeneration but it hasn't slowed her down any! She still enjoys life to it's fullest and is always happy.

Here is Bruce getting familiar with the new camera. We'd already taken a few photos....so as usual with a man...now they read the directions!
Today, Tuesday, we took Annie the Schnauzer to PetSmart and she is now a happy camper with her new hair-do. Then we went over to Alice, Artie, and Aunt Ada's for lunch and to say our goodbyes. It's hard to say goodbye to Aunt Ada, heck, she's 96 years old and we can only hope we get an opportunity to see her again one of these days.

Tomorrow morning we leave Lexington and drive up to Salem, Virginia.
Until next time.......so long!

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