Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Spartanburg, SC…

100_4590The last road trip for the regular season took us over to Spartanburg, SC. This was a road trip of about 188 miles but one we wanted to make since there was a good chance that the softball team would make the end of the year Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN) tournament that would be hosted by the University of South Carolina Upstate at Spartanburg, SC.

Since this would the finality of softball for our daughter and it would be after graduation it just made since for us to make this our launching point for going north in the 100_4593RV. So we scouted the area to find a good spot to stay for a week or so during the ASUN tournament. So today a doubleheader with USC Upstate and tomorrow would be a scouting day.

We arrived in Spartanburg around lunch time and headed over to Wades since we had read that this was an awesome place for lunch if you loved vegetables... which we do.  The place in on the rougher side of town but the parking lot was stuffed for lunch on the Saturday before Easter. We both ordered their vegetable plate which included four vegetables of your choice along with corn bread and rolls and sweet tea (a Carolina staple)… Really goo home styled food from the south here.

After lunch we found Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve and took a stroll through this wonderful garden that is a slice of nature going through an otherwise uninspiring area. If in the are take a walk through this garden…

100_4579Softball was not on the agenda for the ladies this day as USC upstate took the double header and sent the Campbell ladies home with two losses. We planned to stay one more night to check out RV places so all was not lost. And so we bid our daughter farewell as she left on the bus for her last seasonal road trip excluding the ASUN tournament.

The next morning we woke and went over to Papa’s Breakfast Nook  for breakfast which turned out to be a road treat as we dined there for an inexpensive and scrumptious breakfast. The is your typical old style diner with a flat grill that is visible from the dining room and is crowded with locals… especially on Easter Sunday. All I can say is the home fries are to die for and you won’t leave hungry.  Heyduke says try it out…

Then it was off to Croft State Natural Area as this was the best possibility for us to stay at the next time we returned. As we drove in the long and tree lined road into the park it became apparent that if we could fit into any of the sites we had a winner.

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We checked out both of the loops and stopped by Tom Moore Craig Lake and were pretty easily sold that this would work for us. We stopped by the park ranger’s office and chatted with a really nice employee who told us the prices, what would work for our RV, and said he would stop by our campsite and play the guitar if we were to stay for awhile…


So we have a home for the second week in May in South Carolina…


  1. Being able to scout ahead in these early months does seem to take some of the stress out of the process of finding new places to land.

  2. Really newsy blog, fun to read. Is that two headed caterpiller? Antennae on both ends???

    Don't go too much further north or you'll be out of sweet tea land. My daughter moved to Baltimore and complains that they think sweet tea is a glass of tea to which you add a packet of sugar. :-)


  3. Where are you now? I worry that I haven't seen a post from you since the storms.

    Are you OK.