Decided, especially with Rich's back bothering him, that we would take our time going home. So our first leg of the trip took us to Falling Waters, West Virginia Had to make a few stops! First to fill up the gas tank, then drop off the change of address at the post office, and at about 10:30 we stopped for breakfast at Denny's! ( Love getting the 15% AARP discount)!
PA State line by noon, Gas in PA ( $2. 53/gallon at Pilot!), about a 15 minute delay with road work, and McDonald's for a milkshake for the road. Maryland State Line about 3:20 and arrived at the Quality Inn-Spring Mills about 3:30, ordered a Pizza delivery and called it a night! Great Hotel!
Sunday morning we were back on the road about 8:27, to the Virginia state line before 8:45. Stopped at Denny's again for breakfast about 11:30 and gas again about 1:00pm. We were only about 20 miles from the hotel when we encountered our second traffic jam...... but fortunately it didn't last REAL long. Finally checked in to the Rodeway Inn, in Charlotte, NC. Do NOT recommend this hotel at all! The building is fine, the rooms are very nice, but no coffee, no hairdryer in the room and a very very uncomfortable part of town. It was Subway for dinner.
Love the hills of Virginia!..And that's Lake Norman in N. Carolina.
Wednesday and Thursday was grocery shopping, doing laundry, cleaning the back lanai and putting the furniture back out. Cleaning the front porch ( O my God!!!! it was soooooooooooo dirty!). Friday, Saturday and again tomorrow ----- working in the yard! (Haircut for Rich~~~) Grass was mowed on Wednesday, and the Pest Control Guy came and sprayed on Thursday.......... The weeds were a foot high, I swear! The palm trees had tons of new growth that needed to be cut, and the topiary in the front yard looked like a wild ugly bush! And so after a hard day's work, we treated our selves to some delicious Strawberry Shortcake!
Nice to be home. Well, kind of, anyway. Love the comforts of home, but can't say much for this rainy, HOT weather! We're already starting to plan for next year's trip..........and while we've got three options for an extended stay at Black Lake - we are looking at other alternatives ( N. Carolina, Virginia, Main - or out Denny's way again).. But for right now, I need to contact our friends.....for a dinner date, and check out what's going on around town, at the Show Palace, or down in Ft. Myers...................