The original plan was to travel to New York City but after my visit with the capital I was longing for space and nature. I also didn’t feel like tackling the big city with my rental car. So instead I went west to the Skyline drive way, following it south through the Blue Ridge mountains. Ahead of me three days of hiking and camping.
I found snakes, waterfalls, water drippels, almost met a bear and her cub and awed upon many beautiful views. One of the nights I joined my campground neighbours on their fire. They told me about their life — the dad flying police helicopters and the mom homeschooling their three children. It was an interesting evening and a quiet night.
On my last day I wanted to go on a big day hike but fog obscured all views so I made my way down the mountains for a short walk and then a long drive to Charleston.
Next and last stop on this road trip was Charleston in South Carolina.
Charleston was a charming city, nestled into a river delta with a beautiful, green college campus. Big mansions with shiny polished wooden verandas told long gone stories of slavery. Welcomed by warm hosts I stayed in a shared student apartment, lovingly called the hobbit hole.
From Charleston I made my way back to Tampa, back to Tommy to spend some more time before it would be time again to cross the big pond.