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… we get to go camping!  It’s been a busy Spring & it was a blessing that we had plans to camp with some Sunline friends or else we might not have gone out camping yet.

We met our friends, Pam & Steve, on the Sunline owners website six years ago while searching for our Sunline.  In fact, Pam helped us check out the first Sunline we thought of buying & taught us a lot about what to look for.  Earlier this year, we all decided to camp together at one of our favorite campgrounds, Fowler’s Hollow State Park; Steve & Pam had yet to camp there.  As it turned out, camping with them was our first excursion for the season.

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Matthew & I are cautious about recommending FHSP because it’s not a CG that appeals to everyone.  It’s small, isolated, with no FHUs, no bathhouse, no lake, & no playground for children.  It has a small lavatory, hiking/biking/horse trails, & a beautiful stream running through it (pictured above).  And not much else – that’s why Matthew & I like it – but that doesn’t mean it’s everyone’s “cup of tea” as far as camping goes.

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Pam & Steve like hiking & biking & reading & peace & quiet so Fowler’s Hollow appealed to them too.  They are great camping neighbors & we really enjoyed our time with them.  To us, it’s the best type of camping, which included some pretty “visitors.” (A little blurry but I believe this is an eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly on Big Gray’s fender.)

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Being busy with our vocations, it was clear once we were at FH that we needed the time away.  Our next planned camping is at the end of July; we will be joining a bunch of Sunline folk (including Steve & Pam) at Ive’s Run CoE CG near the PA-NY border.  Never camped there so we’re looking forward to that trip but hoping we get out again some time before then.  Camping season just goes by so fast!

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On our return trip from Florida we decided to take the “scenic route” & avoid some construction on I-95.  We stayed overnight at the charming town of Aiken, South Carolina, & the next day went to visit the small National Park of Ninety-Six Fort in western SC.

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Western SC is not a place that readiy comes to mind when thinking about the Revolutionary War, however, one of the original star forts of that era can be found about an hour north of Aiken.  Ninety-Six Fort is now part of the National Park system and is a small gem.  

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Well-kept, well-marked, with a paved 1-mile walk, we enjoyed spending almost two hours there as we learned about our country’s  war for independence.    Like many other people, we discovered Ninety-Six Fort through the book, “Blue Highways,” by William Least-Heat Moon.  Least-Heat Moon’s visit to Ninety-Six sounded intriguing so we followed suite.

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By going out of our way to see the Fort, we took an extra day on-the-road and making our return a bit more relaxing than usual.  We’ve done I-95 to I-75 so often that a change of pace was just what was needed.

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Of course, if you don’t behave in the car on the ride home, this is what happens to you!  Our trip to Ninety-Six Fort was a nice “detour” & is now on our list of places we’d like to return to with our Sunline.  (There is no camping at the National Park, however, nearby Greenwood State Park has a campground with good reviews on TripAdvisor.)

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Usually any beach-sunset photo is from my Mom while she winters in Florida & we freeze in Pennsylvania.  This one, however, is one of our own as we cruised down to the Gulf Coast to bring Mom back north for the summer & fall.

After our rainy & cold spring here in central PA, it was nice to enjoy some sunshine & WARM weather as well as seeing flowers blooming & verdant green.  All of which was not taking place when we left PA at the end of April.

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When we make our annual trek to Florida, we go without our Sunline.  Mom has a double-wide trailer with plenty of room so taking the trailer isn’t necessary, altho’ if we could take more time travelling we think it’d be fun to camp along the way.  We did talk a lot about last year’s sojourn to the Four Corners area with the Jayco popup – a wonderful trip!  Generally tho’, this year we just wanted to get to Mom’s & go “splat” for two weeks, hanging out, going to the beach, reading, enjoying the things that make Florida, Florida.

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So, the next couple of entries will “summarize” our vacation; certainly not as travel intensive as last year but still including a little extra sidetrip on our way home.

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