The last of the furniture was toted out of the Ecuador house around 2 pm on April 15 but I had to wait until 4:30 to be picked up & taken to a friend’s house for my last night in Ecuador. There was nothing to sit on except the toilet or a cement ledge out in the front patio! Strangely enough, the cement ledge was more comfortable. We spent a nice night back at Jani’s place in Paute and then left for the Quito airport at 10 a.m. on the morning of April 16, arriving at Charleston, SC airport at about 10 a.m. the following morning. UGH! Hope to never have to have another long long travel day like that one. It was pretty uneventful though except that I accidentally left my carry-on bag at Customs in Atlanta. Turns out they really hate when that happens, LOL! I had to wait about 15-20 min. for a Delta employee to escort me back to Customs to retrieve it.
We’ve been staying in a big borrowed tent at Hunting Island State Park in SC for 2 weeks….the weather has been pretty good overall, and it’s great to be among my camping friends again. We spend time at the beach reading and chatting, eating in restaurants, going to town. . I have a one burner electric hot plate that’s been named “Christine” (after the famous unruly car) because she’s so unpredictable and diabolical!! She pays no attention to what temperature her knobs are set, she heats madly or not at all, and one time I set her on top of my ice chest and she leaped off onto the ground, all on her own!! Sometimes it takes 5 minutes to heat water for morning coffee, sometimes 15. In order to get her to turn off completely, I have to unplug her; I can’t just turn the knob to “off”.
We are leaving here on Saturday to spend 3 nights at a campground in Asheville, then I’ll be parked at two friends’ house in Asheville for the rest of May. I will be house-and-dog-sitting for them from May 16-31, and then I’ll be starting my Summer Adventures! Can’t wait. I am picking up my dear little camper on the way to Asheville…with my NEW CAR!! I bought a 2006 Toyota Highlander which will be a much more appropriate tow vehicle, with more engine power (6 cylinders instead of 4) and better braking power, not to mention a whole lot more cargo space than my little Subaru. I’m going to need it if I’m to live full time in the little camper. The prospect of having car payments again is a little daunting but it’ll be fine once I get used to it. It seems to be a great car that looks & drives like new! I guess I’ll have to TRY to be better about keeping it clean than I did the poor Subaru.