DC to South Carolina via Delaware

So - here was our dilemma. While in DC we were about an hour and a half from an unclaimed state on our now theoretical state map (we have yet to purchase a new one for the new trailer). But it was an hour and a half in the wrong direction. And if we drove there the “cool route” would add another couple hours to our overall goal of getting to Texas.

But, who cares? You aren’t reading “Boyinks4Practicality.com”.  We had already detoured days our of our way to visit DC and enjoy more community time with our traveling friends the Keiters. But they were headed north to New York and we were unable to keep ignoring the tug south to our expected farm stay and warmer temps.

So after another round of goodbyes and until-next-times we left DC heading East. Or at least we trusted our compass that we were heading East because the entire region was covered in fog the likes of which would give Steven King story ideas. We crossed the Bay Bridge, unable to barter a lower rate due to the lack of a compensating view ($18!). 

Our time in Delaware lasted about as long as it’s taken to you to read this blog post so far. Our road into the state was a back country road just large enough to have a state sign, but small enough that we had to wait until Virginia to find a place large enough to pull over and use the potty. While the lack of our feet actually touching the soil might keep some families from claiming the state we aren’t so picky. We inhabited Delaware air-space for a few minutes so good enough.

We continued south, preferring the route across the Chesapeake Bridge-Tunnel into Virginia Beach - being already $18 into the trip for tolls what’s another $20? Much better view and experience for your money with this one - the Bay Bridge people should really take a few notes.

Once in Virginia Beach - a place we spent some time our first year around - we decided to drive far enough to dip our toes in the Atlantic Ocean. We were on the Oregon coast in June so this way we would have done a coast-to-coast drive across the USA in one year.  It was a sunny warm November day so we enjoyed a short break on the beach - long enough to be hit up by two pan-handlers if that’s any indication. Once we saw the “donation meter” posted by the beach (like a parking meter but for donations to help the homeless) we knew to not hand money to them directly.

Back on the road we put another couple solid hours in until finding a Wal-mart to boondock in. I don’t remember the name of the town. I could look back and figure it out, but..it was a Wal-mart. You can just picture it in your head. No, not a Super Wal-mart so make it a bit smaller. There you go. Now add in a few RV’s and semis. Yep, that’s the place.

We did have a gorgeous rainbow while getting prepped for the road again the next morning. It was one of the most intense I’ve seen - even becoming a double rainbow. I think the first one even repeated its colors twice. Awe-inspiring for a few minutes - long enough to attract a small paparazzi and then gone.

Back on the road the next day - it’s funny how we always say we don’t like driving more than 4 hours at a time but then again there are times where once you are hooked up and in travel mode it’s easiest to just keep truckin’. We put in another solid 8-9 hours all together with the required potty and fuel stops.

I wanted some “green-time” after the busy-ness of DC so we started mapping out State Parks for a couple-day stopdown. I had work to catch up on and the kids needed some school time.  Our first stop wasn’t that great - there was no one at the park, it felt a bit run-down and just not welcoming. And most fatal - no 3G coverage on either AT&T or Verizon. Deal-killer.

We were road-weary but after a late lunch, some parking lot hacky-sack, and a mason jar of Coke to go we hit the road for another hour to a Camp Croft in South Carolina. There was staff and hosts on site, the park was mostly empty, and it just felt like a peaceful place in the woods to be for a few days. And - coverage. The park has mountain bike trails and is still offering kayak rentals so we’ll get some outdoor time while we are here too.

From here…we’re not 100% sure yet. I’d like to stay off the busy-as-heck interstates but there are these big mountains kind of funneling us to them. But just draw a line from here to New Orleans and we’ll be somewhere close to it.

Our view leaving DC. 18 dollars for this?

Our view leaving DC. 18 dollars for this?

We were so hoping there would be a sign

We were so hoping there would be a sign

On the bridge into Virginia Beach

On the bridge into Virginia Beach

Heading into the tunnel portion

Heading into the tunnel portion

Mirandas favorite sign ever - in Virgina Beach

Mirandas favorite sign ever - in Virgina Beach

The Atlantic Ocean

The Atlantic Ocean

Dipping our toes to complete the coast to coast year.

Dipping our toes to complete the coast to coast year.

Another beachfront view

Another beachfront view

MsBoyink gets inspired

MsBoyink gets inspired

I have taken this photo at least two dozen times, at oceans and lakes across the country

I have taken this photo at least two dozen times, at oceans and lakes across the country

MsBoyink on the beach

MsBoyink on the beach

Her handiwork

Her handiwork

Our boondocking reward

Our boondocking reward

But what does it MEAN!!?

But what does it MEAN!!?

The pot of gold shot

The pot of gold shot

Not getting a good vibe here

Not getting a good vibe here

Harrison mountain biking by the Fairforest Creek

Harrison mountain biking by the Fairforest Creek

I had to answer a few client emails - but it was worth it.

I had to answer a few client emails - but it was worth it.

3 Comments DC to South Carolina via Delaware

  1. Picture of Melonie Melonie November 23, 2013

    Your jaunt into Delaware sounds very similar to ours…at least you had the forethought to go when it was actually still daylight out :).  We wanted to drive through just to say we did, and by the time we crossed the state line it was completely dark.  Doh!  Oh well, we were there…so, woo hoo ;)!

    ...and the bridge-tunnel?  Once was enough for this girl!!!

  2. Picture of Boyink Boyink November 23, 2013

    We came into Virginia Beach from another direction our first time that involved tunnels - so it wasn’t a completely new experience for us..;)

  3. Picture of Boyink Boyink November 23, 2013

    We came into Virginia Beach from another direction our first time that involved tunnels - so it wasn’t a completely new experience for us..;)

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