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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Columbia, SC…Home of the Pecans and Family!

January 18, 2014

Chris, Aunt Simone, Jennifer, Aliya and Sandy
It is just a short hop, skip and a jump from Charlotte, NC to Columbia, SC… our next stop on the adventure trail. Helen’s aunt Simone is living there, in the winter, with her son Chris and wife Sandy. It is always a pleasure to stop in and see them. Chris’s house is located in a residential neighborhood very close to 600 acres of the Clemens Agricultural Research University. This land is covered with fields, large pine forest and experimental Pecan trees. Trails abound everywhere. I was especially thrilled to  go for a nature walk with the family, including aunt Simone who is 87 yrs. young. She has two walking poles and believe me she can move for her age! On our return to the house, Sandy’s daughter Jennifer was waiting for us in the living room along with her new born 3 month old great granddaughter Aliya. We spent the rest of the afternoon talking while Chris and Sandy  were in and out of the kitchen preparing a gourmet meal. The soup and corn bread deserved a five star rating!.
Aunt S
Higgins, Sandy, Helen and
Aunt Simone in the Pine Forest
imone is at a stage of life that requires her to make a decision to live with Chris and Sandy and give up her home in Plattsburg, NY. I’m sure she will make the right decision.

January 19, 2014
We took Aunt Simone to church this morning and shortly after we said our goodbyes and headed East on I-26 and finally on I-95, the main artery for snow-birds and everything else heading for the sunshine state. Tonight we are staying at Hunter Army Airfield at the military RV campground. We got the last site. Actually, the registration office was closed and we thought that a self-registration was in order, but we couldn’t even do that. (no camp host around) In that situation, we occupy and see if someone comes knocking. It is now eight pm and no one will come. We are safe and sound for the night.
That is what we did and saw!

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