Friday, February 23, 2007

I have a complaint.
As an RVer, I travel to many different towns and winter happens. In the winter, I go through lots more propane than I do normally. Sunday afternoon when I arrived in Conway, SC, it was COLD. It was cold all night and very cold when we got off work Monday morning, and after I slept, I thought it would be advisable to fill up my propane tank. My furnace, refrigerator, and stove all use it and running out would be really ugly.
Looking for propane on the road, I have learned to check hardware stores, gas stations, U-Haul depots, as well as RV places and campgrounds. I checked online (yay, Treo!) and also asked local residents, and all the responses led to Socastee Hardware, about 10 miles away. I went, filled my tank, worked out at the Curves in Socastee, returned to the store and took my pre-nightshift nap.
Tuesday I went to explore Conway - and passed not one, but two, propane pumps within a mile or two. If only propane were advertised like gasoline! Big signs stating availability and price!
And that's another thing - price sure does vary. From $1.99 to $3.60, in different places this winter in Virginia and the Carolinas.

Exploring Conway led me to the Conway museum. Inside I found Native American history, a whole family of stuffed bears (they were great, but their glass cases were too reflective to allow me to share them with you), items pertaining to the local economy (turpentine production, logging,) a quilt exhibit, a whole room full of insects, otter, possum, raptors... and reflective glass.

The Live Oak tree in front of the museum has a story of its own. the Wade Hampton Oak, a Live Oak that now shades the Horry County Museum. The Live Oak was named for General Wade Hampton, the first governor of S.C. following Reconstruction. During his successful run for Governor of S.C. in 1876, General Wade Hampton held a political rally under the canopy of the tree. Later, Mary Beaty guarded it with a shotgun. This led to awareness and preservation of Live Oaks throughout Conway.

On the way back to the store, I stopped at the Travelers Chapel on 501. There really isn't parking there, much less for a motorhome, so I parked at the Baptist Church across the highway and crossed the 4 lanes on foot. Lots of traffic!

The chapel is a tiny church.

(If you google "tiny church" you'll find others.)

Very tiny.

Inside are only 6 pews, no wider than the seat of a car. On the altar is a book, in which travelers have written their prayers.

Would this be my blog if there was no water? This is the Waccamaw River. It starts at Lake Waccamaw where I was last weekend. Comes through Conway, goes to the beach. Just like me.


  1. OK Jane, you have to get a new job. All this traveling around to places & finding out what's cool about them has got to stop - its making me want to quite my job, sell my house and join you ! Oh well, keep it up anyway, its nice to know there's cool stuff everywhere just about.

  2. By "Live Oak," do you simply mean a living oak, or is there some other meaning I'm not aware of?

    (I like oaks-- there are two in my front yard!)

  3. Live Oak is a kind of tree. (Quercus virginiana)


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