Thursday, July 5, 2001

The first Miner Update July 2001

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We finally arrived in Calabash after a seven day road trip. That's when you figure out that an Escort station wagon is a SMALL car. Especially with 2 dogs in the back. We had room for 5 t-shirts each, a phone, some sheets and underwear. This had to last us not merely for the trip, but also through the next 15 nights before the moving truck arrived.

But I'm jumping ahead. The worst traffic we encountered was on the first day getting out of the Bay area and up to Reno. In fact that was our only traffic jam for the entire trip. It was great to see Steve Johnson and Gloria Mielke - they prepared a wonderful salmon dinner and sent us on the way the next day with enough Brownies to feed an army. On day 2 we drove
through Nevada and Utah (the great Salt Lake is worth missing) and stayed in Park City. Day 3 we finished off Utah and Wyoming and spent the night in Sidney, Nebraska which has nothing but a giant Cabela's store. On the fourth day we made it to Duane's house in Auburn, Nebraska, and spent 2 nights recuperating. Duane also cooked us a great dinner - he's a whiz with cherries and cake mix. We played some pool and watched the rain, glad not to be driving in it. After one day's rest we had to set out again, driving through Kansas City and St Louis to Paducah, Kentucky, narrowly missing tornadoes and heavy storms. Our last full day's drive was a long one, through Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina to a little town called Camden where we stayed in a historic bed and breakfast. The dogs - who had been angelic to this point, sleeping in the car and being quiet in hotels - noticed the creaky floors. Finally, one week after leaving Sunnyvale we arrived at our new home in Brunswick Plantation.

Then began the long wait for furniture - but that's a story for the next issue.

We'd love to hear from everyone,

Lisa, Steve, Bertie and Heidi.