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The only thing between Columbia and hell is a screen door.

June 6th, 2008

We have finally left Myrtle Beach. We stayed a lot longer than we had anticipated. Staying longer gave us a chance to order and mount a new front hitch for the scooter. But, after 2 days of 100+ degree heat indexes, it was time to go!

We had planned to head to the smokies where we hope it is cooler. We didn’t quite make it that far. Since we didn’t get out of Myrtle Beach until the late afternoon, we wouldn’t have made it until well after dark. We are not big fans of trying to find a boondock spot in the dark. So, we stopped over in Columbia and met up with Johnny’s brother, Bear. He took us to a Bluegrass show at El Burrito in Five Points. They were pretty good, would have been better if there was a banjo, but still very good. After the beer ran out, the college kids all left, and we were able to hear the music. We had a great time. It also reminded me that we need to make plans to hit the Bluegrass Festival in Yeehaw Junction, FL this winter.

The food wasn’t too bad either. El Burrito sells monster sized tacos, burritos, and salads for just a couple of dollars. It took two people and a dog to finish the burrito that Johnny got. They also boast that all of their produce is locally grown and that their items contain very little salt. It was only the second time that we have eaten out in the last 2 1/2 months. It was a welcomed change.

We thought Myrtle Beach was hot. We had no clue what hot was. Columbia has got to be the hottest place I have ever been. People talk about the heat in Florida, but it has nothing on Columbia. When we left MB, it was 4pm and 84 degrees. When we parked in Columbia, it was 92 at 8:30pm. It is currently 101. Johnny tells me that the phrase in the title is commonly used in Columbia. We are on our way to the mountains. We would have liked to have stayed longer, but without A/C, we had to get out before it got any hotter.

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3 Responses to “The only thing between Columbia and hell is a screen door.”

  1. Ted Lehmann says:

    Thanks to the link to my blog. Try YeeHaw Junction next year, and look me up while you’re there. It’s a classic bluegrass festival held in a pasture where less than a week before the cattle were lowing. Also, check out my review of Ocean Lakes Campground in Myrtle Beach. The creator of the New South, whatever anyone else tells you, was air conditioning. That’s why you see all those pictures of Berle Ives, Paul Newman, and Elizabeth Taylor looking so sweaty. – Ted Lehmann
    http://www.tedlehmann.blogspot.com

  2. LiveWorkDream says:

    Honestly I don’t know how you could’ve stayed in MB for so long, we hated it there. And with that kind of heat, ick! Makes me really really glad we left Florida back in February!

    Come to Colorado. There’s still snow on the peaks here. Brrrrr….

  3. We’re currently melting in Melbourne and wishing it would friggin rain already! After two months in our “new” motorhome one of the two AC units stopped working. Sadly the one ac unit just can’t keep up with this unbearable heat so we’re saving up our pennies to get that fixed first! :/ If we were in Colorado we wouldn’t need no stinkin AC! ;D
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