So it was time to travel. Part of the rationale for leaving the college classroom was to allow for more flexibility in travel plans – thus time to test that out. I decided to give Road Scholar a whirl.
Road Scholar is the marketing name for Elderhostel, which organizes tours for older people to various locales, and around varied themes. My parents went on 27 such adventures over a ten-year span, and quite enjoyed most of them… back in the late 80s and early 90s. Nowadays the organization is vastly larger and attempts to appeal to a broader audience (hence the name change). I decided on a tour “Historic Homes and Gardens of NC’s Crystal Coast” – in that I knew it was in driving distance, I was familiar with the area, and it was relatively inexpensive.
I packed the cameras and a hanger bag and set out, with the intent of photographing some churches and railroad artifacts enroute. Also planned was a stop in Wilmington to see a play and visit a friend.On the journey southward I spent a nice morning in Kent County MD tracking some Episcopal churches (along with some surprising Methodists and a delightful Presbyterian structure), before the rains began. For the rest of that dreary Friday, and much of the following Saturday, I was driving in heavy rain.