Posted by Heliocentrism on July 26, 2010
July 6, 2010
How to get there:
You can enter my country by land, air, or sea. But I think flight would be your transportation method of choice.
I have no clue how to get a visa to the US or who needs one. Just assume that you need one if you are not American or Canadian and check with your local US embassy.
- Use 911 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance
- Use 411 for information (This might cost money.)
- Crash Course:
- CGP Grey:
- Mental Floss:
- American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X
- Dandelion Wine
- The Dark Tourist
- The Devil in the White City
- Girl in Translation
- The Hemingses of Monticello
- The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
- Notes from a Big Country
- One Summer: America, 1927
- Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails with America’s Hoboes
- Stealing Buddha’s Dinner
- That’s Not In My American History Book
- A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
- The Water Is Wide
- Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland
- It’s a big country. You’re going to need a car.
Lake Aire RV Park
- 32°46’39.1″N 80°08’52.4″W
- Directions from the website
4375 Highway 162
Hollywood, SC 29449
There is free wi-fi. Not every camping spot can get wi-fi, but there are many hot spots throughout the camp.
Isn’t That Malcolm?
As I said in the last entry, Malcolm left for South Carolina before Mark, me, and company. It was very late at night when we caught up with Malcolm on the road. He was easy to spot because of the trailer he was pulling. We tried to drive along side him or right behind him, but he was going way too fast.
Malcolm flew past us and we trailed behind. Then, way up ahead I saw their trailer swaying back and forth. I knew something was wrong. He pulled over on the side of the road. We passed him and then pulled over too.
We called him on his cell. He had hit a bump on the road and one of the tires on the trailer ripped open. He needed a new tire and didn’t have a spare.
There was a cop helping him. But we would have to go to the nearest Wal-Mart and get him a new tire. He told us the type of tire he needed. We typed Wal-Mart into our TomTom and went shopping around midnight.
We got him 2 tires, just in case. When we returned to where Malcolm was, we parked behind him to shine our headlights on the trailer. He changed the tire, but needed to adjust the contents of the trailer to even out the weight on the tires. We all then went to Wal-Mart.
Should we offer them some chips? Nah, they look busy.
Malcolm and Mark unpacked, then repacked. Vonia, Malcolm’s wife and my sister-in-law, and I got some snacks at Wal-mart. Then, we all sat around the van and chatted… while Malcolm and Mark worked. We did offer them some of our snacks.
The trailer was a family project. Malcolm and his 3 boys built it together. They took the base from an old trailer they either bought, had, or found; I don’t remember which. Then they got some wood from Lowes and over a few weeks the four of them built the camping trailer.
It’s a really nice trailer for camping. There are side compartments that open up to reveal the cooler and camping stove in such a way that it doesn’t need to be unpacked for cooking purposes. Shelves inside hold tents, sleeping bags, mats, and other camping gear. It was a great family project and you could tell that the boys took pride in their trailer.
Needless to say, we got to the camp very late. We put the tents up in time to sleep during a few sunless hours left that night. The next day we didn’t leave the campsite. It was just a day to relax and recuperate from the last night’s adventure.