I love travelling. Just going to different places amps me up. But with long trips like this, the only worst part is getting up early. I just hate it when you're not fully awake yet and you have to drag yourself and leave in rush. So we got up @ 4:30, got dressed, got all the stuff together, got loads of coffee, left Harley & Missy a bowl-full of food and off we went. 6 hours of driving went by so fast. I felt guilty of taking some catnaps along the way, but I just can't help it. Poor husband of mine has to drive going there and back. I would love take my share, but not in this big truck and definitely NOT on an interstate (yet). Besides he won't let me anyway.
Approaching Hardeeville, we have to make a stop at exit 8th when the GPS has said we have to take it. It sounded wrong when we knew we have to keep going straight I-95. So he called Ash but can't get hold of her. So we waited for a few minutes, she called back.
First choice--Cracker Barrel, which is 15 miles away(so, NO), stopped at Shoneys--they're closed. So we head on along Whyte Hardee Blvd, away from the main food and service area, and found Cripple Crab, a small country southern seafood cafe/restaurant. The atmosphere is not so great, they have a confusing small spaced dining area/s, they have a non-smoking on the left, tables on the middle, and smoking area on the right--which seems like it was a recent added space for the restaurant. But I should say the food was great! It was freshly cooked and served. I can only speak for the shrimp basket on the menu though, since that's what we all ordered, and all agreed that it was delicious. Price wise, I think it's a little too much, $8.99 for an 8-piece shrimp with fries and coleslaw? But if you're paying for good fresh food, then it's not that bad.
After lunch, Ash and I decided to go to this Thrift Shop that caught our eyes before we found Cripple Crab. It's on the same block, sitting next to the Knights Inn. I'm glad I didn't hear any dispute from my husband. I could spend a good 3 hours in a store without getting bored, but not him. I guess all men are..lol
I'm glad we went, I saw some treasures!
And took some home with me..lol
I got some clothes to re-sell, a couple of books--one would be Barefoot Contessa's cookbook and a yoga/pilates book (which I might use in the near future) and a few kitchen knick-knacks.
After a quick store run, said our goodbyes to my in-laws, and head back to I-95 and head home..
BUT NOT FOR LONG! we decided to stopped at Santee's Outlet store, to check out some goodies. I remember this place being busy around this time. It has been two years since we visited the outlet and a lot has changed. There's only like 5 or 6 stores left on the whole complex. It's sad, but happy to know that my favorite Bass store is still up. This is where I found size 5s shoes that was on sale, $5 a pair back then.
There's not much good selection of shoes on the racks so I only end up with one pair. Some boots are on sale, but none got my eye.
We got home not too late. Tired but it has been a great day!