It’s been a long couple of days driving and I’ve had time to reflect on the first few gigs of my eastern seaboard tour. St. Simons Island, Georgia’s Sunshine Art and Craft Festival was a great beginning. Lisa and I met such great people both vendors and guests. It was such a delight to have repeat customers – within the weekend! – and the opportunity to share experiences and knowledge with our neighbors was invaluable.
Though we’ve been in Plymouth, Michigan a few days now, I’ve been thinking about how we got here; no, I’m not going wax philosophical. Not yet, anyway. Maybe in the next post. Seriously, though, we drove from Georgia to Michigan through the Blue Ridge Mountains and being from mountain country, I felt right at home. Don’t get me wrong, I love Georgia, especially Savannah and now, of course, the Golden Isles.
Seeing the mountains rise up before me and following their curves, it was all I could do not to pull over to the side of the road and bask in their majesty. One of our traditions when traveling, okay, Lisa’s tradition, is to randomly choose a location and stay for the night. To qualify for the tradition, the choice is completely random and she usually decides while I’m pumping gas, is the location cannot be a major city or large town. Usually, it’s a blip on the map. But, somehow, these random stops are the coolest! For this second leg of the tour, we stopped in Hillsville, Virginia. Lisa was making reservations on the phone while looking at the Super 8 we would be booked in for the night. The freedom to just – decide – is freedom indeed.
Because we break up our trip this way, we come to our ultimate destination at a respectable hour. Minus the 2am arrival for the St. Simons Sunshine Festival – see Lisa’s blog, Fool’s Journey Café, for the details on that adventure. With Della (our 1-year old Shih-Tzu) in tow, we pulled into TownePlace Suites, thanks to a great rate through Art in the Park’s deals for artists. We’re a bit spoiled now for hotels, so thankfully we’ll be in our RV soon.
We made it through the Blue Ridge Mountains into Virginia via Beckley, West Virginia loaded down with equipment, luggage, and random baggage for the little things. We saw some amazing things such as Tamarack, an indoor artisan market and Lover’s Leap scenic view about an hour outside of Danville, VA. Yesterday, we took a quick trip to North Carolina for a battery amp and power supply. We’ve finally got our no electricity available set up put together and have already scoped out our location at LakeFest in Clarksville, VA. Every location we’ve been in to date has been beautiful and it looks as though Clarksville will be no exception.