December 3-9, 2014
Week 3 has been one of learning (and struggling) to find patience, really facing what it means to have an open schedule and reflecting. There have been some beautiful sights along the way which we’ll showcase below, but this week has been mostly about ourselves and our relationship. As a couple who has spent most of our relationship apart pursuing opportunities in different cities/countries, moving into a van together has been illuminating. We caught ourselves getting into a cycle of blaming and frustration at times this week. Lots of good conversation followed. Meditation is back on the schedule too. And so is time on our own. Just like our workouts, every time we are challenged we grow stronger.
We’re in the South now so the accents are strong, the food is heavy and the customer service is warm. The weather is warmer and the moods are a little lighter. Since there is no defined destination, the journey really is the destination (and it’s proving to be a real adventure of the mind and spirit.
Highlights of Myrtle Beach and Charleston:
Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach
Below see Jackson getting his hands cleaned by little fish (creepy feeling)
Christmas cheer shared with SCUBA santa….and a shark
Helicopter ride….Erin is constantly facing her fear of heights…in not so subtle ways
Erin smiles because we haven’t crashed yet
Brookgreen Garden’s Night of 1000 candles (totally magical)
Unitarian Universalist Church in Charleston
We joined our new friend’s Dimitri, Janella and Emily on a climb up to the very top for a picturesque view of the city
After church, a nice couple Marilyn and Allan had us over for pulled pork sandwiches and bean soup. People are sure warm and friendly down here!
Farmer’s market and city market
Running the Arthur Ravenal Jr. Bridge in Charleston
The wind and altitude really take your breath away
Charleston trolley and historic district
Gun range in Charleston
-Time out for a massage
-Movies: Dark Knight Rises and St. Vincent
-Mirror maze in Myrtle beach
1 US state this week (SC), 14 in total during the trip
557 kms this week (346 mi), 3278 total on the trip (2037mi)
Spent $847.54 this week, $3565.33 total