Week 3 update

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

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Below see Jackson getting his hands cleaned by little fish (creepy feeling)

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Christmas cheer shared with SCUBA santa….and a shark

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Helicopter ride….Erin is constantly facing her fear of heights…in not so subtle ways

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Erin smiles because we haven’t crashed yet

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Brookgreen Garden’s Night of 1000 candles (totally magical)

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Unitarian Universalist Church in Charleston

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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

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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

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Running the Arthur Ravenal Jr. Bridge in Charleston

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The wind and altitude really take your breath away

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Charleston trolley and historic district

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Gun range in Charleston

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Other activities:

-Time out for a massage

-Movies: Dark Knight Rises and St. Vincent

-Mirror maze in Myrtle beach

 

Stats:

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

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