Habitat for Humanity – Sumter, SC: Day 1

So as some of you may know, I’m currently on my way to help build a home for a deserving family in Sumter, South Carolina through Habitat for Humanity. This has been something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember, and I can’t believe it’s finally becoming a reality! Sitting on the bus at 6am this morning, I thought, this would be a perfect time to start up my blog again and reflect on my time volunteering. I’ve been slacking hard core on it, but my excuse is that I’ve been so busy with work, school, and life in general.

6:10am: The road trip to the States to final destination South Carolina has begun. Everyone’s as peachy as they can be at this hour on a Saturday. I think we’re all ready for a nice, long nap. Lucky us, we have a 50-person bus for 14 people so safe to say its nice and roomy with no lack of space. Living close to the border is convenient as we should be there in no time at all. After that, let’s hope for smooth sailing through the USA. Time for a little nap before we get interrogated.

9:30am: So we conquered the state of New York, and are currently in Pennsylvania now. Too bad we can’t go shopping…no tax! Almost 4 hours in and we haven’t stopped yet – RIP to my back and old-lady body. I’m getting anxious to stop as I think fresh air would be lovely right now. The border went somewhat smooth, minus the fact they made us get off the bus and it wasn’t even 7am yet. The border guard was hilarious though so I guess that made the 10-step trek outside manageable. I think it’s time to catch up on The Walking Dead now, check back in later!

10:45am: The best part of road trips are definitely the stops and seeing the different restaurants, shops, and other little places. Where we stopped this time, Grove City, was actually a place I’ve been to before, and its just as I remember it! President’s Day weekend meant sales, sales, and oh, more sales. Too bad we couldn’t stay longer to potentially shop around (tbh I just wanted to hit up Under Armour and Nike, which they didn’t have). Back on the road we go, next stop, who knows?

1:30pm: “West Virginia baby I don’t careeee” Great tune Jake Owen, great tune! Never been in this state before, and so far I’m questioning if there’s actually any cities here. I’ve seen a bunch of small towns, but nothing really of substance. Just country roads upon country roads – I guess I now understand why West Virginia is mentioned in numerous country songs. Thank goodness for wifi and good movies to keep me entertained.

3:00pm: Stopped at a cute diner by the name of Shoney’s (I think) for a late lunch/early dinner, so now we’re all good to go. Cheers to more windy roads and the beautiful mountains of West Virginia, (mountain mama, take me home, country roads). Honestly surprised I haven’t felt car sick yet considering we haven’t been on a straight road in at least an hour. Also, honourable mention to Mother Nature for making it a beautiful 17 degrees here currently. Warmer weather is definitely what I needed to help me destroy this cold that’s been consuming me the past few days. Few more hours and we’ll be at our final stop in North Carolina, where we’ll be calling it a night and a successful day of road trippin’.

5:30pm: This little post really has no point, but I just had to say how beautiful West Virginia and Virginia are. These mountains are absolutely breathtaking, and definitely something I am so appreciative that I get to see. Sometimes you just need to pop some music in, enjoy the beautiful view, and pretend you’re in a music video. Also, driving under a mountain, for lack of better words, is actually so cool and weird to think of.

7:00pm: I just woke up from a nap, my back is sore, and I am grumpy. We have arrived at our hotel in North Carolina though so all is well. Time to go eat at Cracker Barrel. Short and sweet.

Well folks, that was my exciting day of travelling to North Carolina. Hope it wasn’t too boring for you, and I congratulate you if you made it to the end of this. If you just want to see some pictures from my travels, then fear no more – they’re right below this line.

Day 1 – Complete.