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Lake Marion

Posted by on April 5, 2011

We left Florida amid some torrential rains by the week’s end, heading north for the spring. We only made it to South Carolina. We pulled into Lakeside Marina and RV Resort on beautiful Lake Marion. The campground has no “it” factor. It contains only about a dozen sites along with some newly constucted rental cottages. But the lake lies out our front window, only a bit obscured by a lineal posing of a variety of pontoon and other fishing vessels. Jim, the host and owner, has provided help beyond expectations. A learned man that stories us on the aspects of the area, his hospitality has given us reason to want to stay for awhile. With moving in and doing the usual scouting of the area, the morning walks and bike rides have given way to cruising. Life is much slower here. Not only is anyone not in a hurry, but even normal speed seems a stretch. But I’m understanding why as time passes. There is no where to go, no place to be, as the economy has halted activity here to a crawl. We visited the Alpine for breakfast on two occasions. Enough food to last for much of the day and the total bill didn’t yet reach $15. A visit to Chef’s Choice on Saturday night found the most mouth watering steaks in a long time, cooked on the grill right in front of us, by a throng of black teenagers.  I notice that a lot. Adorned in a cowboy hat, vest, boots, and string tie, all emblazoned with more bling-bling than a corner pimp, Fast Freddie DeeJayed the room while patrons feasted on steak and shrimp. This took me by surprise a bit. I’ve never been serenaded by a DJ at dinner. The Commodores, Earth, Wind, and Fire, along with KC and the Sunshine Band seemed to be the mainstay of Freddies stash of music. However, an occasional fight song of Clemson and the South Carolina Gamecocks was thrown in. While all of the attendees were white, all of the kitchen help here is black. I”m noticing that a lot. It’s unsettling to me. I’ve been watching once again Ken Burns PBS series, “The Civil War”. From where we sit, there doesn’t seem to be a great degree of cultural change since this epic campaign of hostilities.

Robin has a cracked wisdom tooth. Our back home dentist suggested it’s removal. We found an oral surgeon in Summerville. A forty minute ride this morning was to no avail. The dentist informed her that it was still funtioning, assisting in her chewing and wouldn’t remove it. He suggested a root canal, followed three weeks later by a crown. CHA CHING! CHA CHING! That won’t work. We’ll be in the Keystone state by that time. She’ll just have to bear with it and get it done by our regular dentist. The visit didn’t prove altogether fruitless. I found a Walgreens and filled prescriptions, had the oil changed in the car as well as the transmission fluid flushed and replaced. The latter has alleviated our problem of a slight miss in the engine acceleration. Good news there as I’m a bit retarded when it comes to vehicle diagnosis and fixing mechanical problems. In the meantime, we’ve been enjoying the mid 80’s temperatures and spending many hours exploring the lake in search of wildlife in front of the lens to enhance more the most glorious of days. We’re enjoying this part of the Palmetto State right now and have decided to stay for a bit longer than expected.





5 Responses to Lake Marion

  1. Debbie

    Glad you made it through the storms down South unscathed, and landed at Lake Marion safe and sound. The picture is awesome……I see you’re enjoying the new camera! I’m a bit envious of 80 degrees……as we went from 68 degrees on Monday, to golfball size hail and 32 degrees and snow, not to mention some flash flooding from the deluges inbetween times! Poor little Maddy must’ve thought she was Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz when I had her outside! Happy Trails~

  2. Jim Fry

    Hey Larry! What an amazing picture of the hawk taking off, my sons can’t stop talking about it! Glad you missed the worst of the weather, we had a tornado or two touchdown here in Western PA, many homes lost. We can not wait for summer to rear it’s head! Your blog has been an inspiration too for my camping excursions with my sons this year and with your persistence in writing, great job! God Bless!

  3. larry

    Thank you both for the comments. I always wonder if these photos give bring some sort of smile or the smallest emotion to the viewer. When I read a comment like this, it makes it all worthwhile. I appreciate the time you take to make a comment. We’ll be heading to NJ by weeks end in preparation for that first grandchild.

  4. Jim & Pat

    Looking forward to seeing you both, have a safe trip up….see you soon….Pat & jim

  5. Dish net work

    Hey, you used to write magnificent, but the last several posts have been kinda boring… I miss your super writings. Past few posts are just a little bit out of track! come on!

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