A Free Lunch and a French Bakery
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Amazingly enough I had a great night of sleep. The reason why this was so amazing was because it poured all day yesterday and into the night. The sound of rain is amplified in an RV. It was so loud we could barely hear the TV! It was also very chilly - getting down in the upper 30's. I dug out the electric blanket that I threw under the bed before leaving and it kept me nice and toasty.
Thankfully it wasn't raining when I got up so I took the dogs for a long walk. They didn't get much of a bathroom break last night. We traveled yesterday (Monday) a little over three hours to the north east corner of South Carolina. We are camped at Andrew Jackson State Park. It is a small state park south of Charlotte, NC. There are 25 campsites and two other campers besides us. We have a pretty spot overlooking the lake.
We got around slowly today. Even though it wasn't raining, it was still dark and cloudy. Thankfully we were able to set up our satellite system and we get good cell service. This gives us more options to fill the time. I fixed a healthy breakfast of scrambled eggs with turkey sausage and fruit salad.
Clinton and I left to explore the park and the area (Rock Hill). We walked around the grounds of the state park first. We walked past the statue of Andrew Jackson as a young man:
and visited the museum (will combine that video footage with the rest of the state park) and a small school house:
Before we left, I had gotten on Google maps and Yelp for ideas of places to explore. One of the best places was the Piedmont Medical Center Trail - trestle bridge. It was a beautifully paved trail along the Catawba River. We wished we had brought our bikes and that the weather was prettier, we would have loved to bike that trail. But we really enjoyed visiting the site. They had a couple of historical markers up telling us all about the important history occurring in that spot.
We drove to this hip, new area of Rock Hill - we've seen this type of community in other cities - new homes built right beside each other - real close to the sidewalk with front porches and upscale shops and restaurants.
We had an interesting lunch experience along the trail called Pump House. I had seen this restaurant online that was housed in an old pump house. I was fascinated by the shape of the building lol!
It had gotten good reviews and was on the river. We walked in and took the elevator up to the 3rd floor. It was swanky!! It wasn't super large but it was super nice!
We decided to sit on the balcony since they had enclosures and heaters so we could have views of the river.
After seating us, they brought these cute little cornbread muffins with peach butter. It took a little while for our waiter to get our order but it was busy. We decided to split the steak burger (with Carolina slaw, pimento cheese, bacon, poblano ranch) and have the beef stew instead of the fries.
We waited and waited and waited and waited.....
We shouldn't have waited as long as we did (over an hour) but we couldn't get our waiter's attention and we thought they were just really busy but then one table after another left and we still didn't have any food - we were started to get hangry!
I finally got up and asked the hostess to check on the status of our food. Then the flood of apologies occurred! The manager came to our table and apologized profusely and said our lunch would be on the house. Our waiter finally showed up and also apologized profusely - over and over each time he walked by. We finally got our burger and soup - which were amazing and also got free multi-function pens lol!
We left 2 hours later but we kept calm about it. We are all human and we all make mistakes. We just figured God prevented us from going into Charlotte, NC to look around - you never know - we might have been in a bad accident. Who knows?!
We stopped at a cute store in that area that sold all handmade items. I bought a couple of Christmas gifts.
We drove to Rock Hill downtown. Even though we had just eaten, I really wanted to try this French bakery I had read about - Amelie's French Bakery. It was awesome! They had a amazing selection of pastries and wonderful coffee and teas. I got a dark chocolate and raspberry shortbread and a coffee and sat by the window looking out at the downtown area.
We walked around the downtown area - Freedom Walkway, Fountain Park, the bell tower, etc. It was a very cute town!
I did not get a good picture of the fountain - it put on a great show but I didn't realize I took a picture when it wasn't doing much.
We got back to our campground and we took the dogs for a walk. I snapped these pictures right behind our RV -
We finished the evening with a dinner of taco salad, watching the DIY channel - Cabin Masters, and blogging. Thankfully it's not raining and is very quiet. Hopefully we will have another good night!
Here's the breakdown of the costs for our day:
We were reminded today to not be a hurry, to allow for human error and to search out unique, free places. Wednesday we might visit the NASCAR speedway in Charlotte, NC.
Stay happy Campers!
Michele and Clinton