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Day 6: Taking the Back Roads

Aug 2, 2015 | travel & adventure | 10 comments

I made a trip to the South Carolina coast today for the funeral of a dear friend’s father. She’s the kind of person who makes my life better just by being in it, in a thousand beautiful ways, so it was important to me that I be there. What made the long journey even more meaningful was the fact that I went alone–no Tim, no Little Bit–and the route I took from Lexington to Pawley’s Island wound my car and me along gorgeous, unfamiliar backroads and tiny crossroads like Lynchburg, Brown’s Ferry, Indiantown.

I loved passing through on this hot, sunny, South Carolina summer day.


Indiantown Presbyterian

Indiantown Presbyterian


On my way home, at the “insistence” of my thoughtful friend, I made a quick whip through The Hammock Shops of Pawleys Island. “You’ve got to stop in,” she said. “You’ve driven all this way.”

And so I did.


a nice place to walk around

a nice place to walk around


I happened upon a fun summer dress at a boutique there. (Yay!) When I stepped to the register to pay, I overheard one of the two cute young women working there (summer jobs from college? OMG that brings back memories) make a joking comment about being confused because her “rotators” were not functioning properly.

“Excuse me,” I said. “Did you just say you have wheels in your head and you call them rotators?”

“Yes, she did!” said the other girl, laughing. And this brought about a most delightful conversation about the interesting expressions this young woman regularly throws about.

“It wouldn’t be noticed on a trottin’ horse.”

“‘Bout like a Murphy’s Baby Carriage–you just gotta keep pushing it.”

“Good as snuff and not half as dusty.”

She learned them from her grandmother, I believe she said, a woman from Eastern North Carolina. How I love the fact this cute little coed is keeping that heritage alive by embracing–and actually using–such colorful language.


for miles and miles and miles

miles and miles and miles


It was a beautiful day, all in all, filled with love, discovery, and surprise. It was also a wonderful reminder that it can be so much fun to simply get in a car and drive.



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  1. Jennifer

    My husband and I have been trying come up with a different kind of getaway this summer. The city has finally succumbed to the heat and we need to run! You’ve inspired me to plan a little road trip of our own. It’s been a while since we’ve done one and I think it’s just what we need. Keep up the fun!

    • Cathy

      Love this, Jennifer. My husband and I sat down and mapped new back road routes to take on trips we do regularly. We can’t wait to see what we’ve been flying past on I-95! Have fun–I’d love to hear what you guys decide to do!

  2. Jude Barrineau

    Cliff and I have returned from HH on the back roads, two different routes, and love the peaceful drive!

    • Cathy

      Isn’t so much better? Yay!

  3. Rosie

    I am following along. Today I realized my throwing stale bread out to squirrels and birds looked like I was serving communion. I laughed hard and raced inside.

    • Cathy

      This makes me laugh out loud. I can just see it. Thanks, Rosie!

  4. Colleen

    How fun to just be….

    • Cathy

      You are so right, my friend!

  5. Alice Wyatt

    Love Pawleys Island. I hear it calling.

    • Cathy

      I had not been there in years. I think it’s calling me, too, Alice!

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