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Passing Through South Carolina

In an attempt to make up for lost time, we pushed through to the Thousand Trails park in southern South Carolina, our 6th state. Normally staying longer someplace wouldn’t be a big deal, but I want to have time to practice for my competition next weekend. As it is, I haven’t skated all week and only three days last week. Jason will also be working out of his office next week.

As for The Oaks at Point South, I can’t complain too much since it only costs us $3 a night, and we were only there for one night, but the bathrooms were creepy and there were a lot of substantial potholes. On the flip side it’s located in a beautiful wooded area but its also very remote with very few conveniences nearby even though it’s only 2 miles from I-95. Because I didn’t plan well before we left Florida (because usually there’s at least a Wal-Mart nearby) we ended up getting Wendy’s for dinner and taking it to a local historic attraction for a picnic.

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LEGOLAND

Ok friends, here are a handful of LEGOLAND photos – I thought it’d be easier to digest these in their own post, given the way the gallery appends thumbnails to the post blah blah geeky stuff…here you go!

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On the Road and Going Nowhere

We left the peninsula around 3pm and crossed over to the east bay to take a less busy route south. After only 90 min on the road we hear a loud, startling sound and thumping. This could not be good. Immediately we pulled off the highway and looked. At first I didn’t see anything, but upon closer inspection the truck had blown the back inside tire and there was metal hanging underneath. Nope, not good. We called the roadside assistance number and they were very nice and sent someone out to help us. 45 min later we had a great mechanic telling us that its even worse than it looks. Fan.tas.tic. If anyone is familiar with NorCal we were on hwy 580 just before it merges into I-5. Hot, dry and middle of nowhere. Oh and speed limit is 70 which means people are really going fast! We could see the rest stop a mile up the road and I had to pee like nobody’s business. Needless to say its very awkward squatting next to a Uhaul with traffic on both sides. Mr. S was a trooper holding a blanket in front of me. Enough said.

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Let the Adventure Begin

After 2 straight days of intense packing and multiple mishaps, we are on our way! The 17′ U-haul is packed with a little room to spare. This is the smallest Uhaul we’ve ever used. Designerd says it will be like driving a sports car,  I’m not sure I’d go that far. We’re towing our car behind and Mr. S and I will also be riding in the cab.

Time to load the car onto the transport. One of our neighbors who we’d never met before popped by out of curiosity and stayed to help out. Perfect timing because I couldn’t even watch as Designerd tried to line up the wheels and not drive over the edge.  Too much stress!

The real reason he stopped by was to complement us on our ingenuity for placing an extension ladder and sawhorses in front of the car trailer because our neighbors kept parking very close to either end of it.

Thanks to all our friends who kept our kids occupied and stopped by for moral support during this transition! We’ll miss you!!

Adios Foster City!

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Second Verse, Same as the First

One advantage to the kids spending another night with us is that Divagirl (far right) got to spend one last fun-filled evening with 2 of her best friends. They went to the movies and out to dinner and had a blast. She was so happy!

After the airline mishap yesterday I did not have high hopes for today. The kids were automatically re-booked on a new flight leaving at 6:41am and connecting through Chicago. Anyone who has connected through O’hare knows that this is bad news. More bad news is that due to the cancellation the rest of the week’s flights are completely full. Nonetheless, Designerd woke up at 4am and took the kids back to the airport to do an instant replay of yesterday. Only it was not to be.