Thanksgiving…Family, Friends, Food, and Football!!

Seems like forever since I wrote, but we got off to a slow start here in South Carolina due to a bout of bronchitis on my part. I honestly do not remember the last time I had even a head cold, yet alone a cold plus a hacking, persistent – and lingering – cough! Not quite 100% yet but definitely getting there.

One of the reasons we accepted this particular workamping job was that it afforded us the opportunity to go home to New Jersey for Thanksgiving…so we did! Leaving the motor home here at Chickasaw Point, We departed Tuesday, November 22 in the Jeep and drove to Virginia Beach. Stayed in a great hotel (check out my TripAdvisor review!) and had dinner at a resturant I’ve mentioned in previous blogs – Margie and Ray’s – which continues to be one the best seafood restaurants we have experienced. The following day we took the 12:15 ferry from Lewes, Delaware over to Cape May, New Jersey, and after taking care of some business in our hometown, we ventured to Egg Harbor Township to spend the evening with my daughter and her family! It was great to see my two little turkeys – Abigail and Soren!


IMG_8973The following morning we were up and out early, headed for Manasquan, NJ and the traditional and rivalrous Thanksgiving football game between the Manasquan Warriors and neighboring Wall Township. What made this year’s game so special was the fact that one of their star players this year is Adam Schreck, Bill’s grandson! Although the end result was not what we wanted, it was a good game and the Thanksgiving meal following was out of this world! There is nothing better than family, friends, and food! Talk about blessings!

Early Friday morning there was so lounging for us, as Bill and I and his daughter, Sarah, were on the road again for a 12-hour trip back to South Carolina. Sarah had flown in from Los Angeles for the holiday and was traveling with us to attend another football rivalry – the annual game between Clemson and South Carolina! As an alumna, and one who worked in the football office for her four years of college at Clemson, because of Sarah we attended the game, spent time on the sidelines, tailgated and more! It was an awesome experience from start to finish, even though it was downright cold by the end of the game at 11:00p.m.

IMG_9174The last day of our Thanksgiving weekend was also a pleasant one. We slept in and decided to venture to Seneca, SC to have brunch at Vangeli’s. We had heard about this eating establishment and thought it offered something different from the massive fast food and chain restaurants available in the area. It is a 10-table eatery, open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for lunch and dinner and then Sunday for brunch, with a menu that they claim changes twice a day, showcasing Mediterranean cuisine. The brunch began with complimentary fresh fruit and a Mimosa to accompany it! What better way to start the day! The menu ranged from breakfast items such as french toast or “folded” eggs with vegetables and goat cheese to seared scallops with rissoto or even a 14 0z. steak and eggs! The presentation was beautiful and I can’t believe we forgot to take pictures – guess we were too anxious to dig in! The service was superb and what a nice touch for the chef to come out to greet us and check on our delight! If you are ever in the Clemson/ Seneca area, Vangeli’s is a must! The remainder of our Sunday will most likely be dedicated to more football – our Giants have already proved victorious!

In writing about our weekend, I realize what a whirlwhird it was, but it was well worth the long road trip. We have so many blessings in our life and this Thanksgiving weekend proves that point! Having spent the past six workamping Thanksgivings without family, it was wonderful to experience everything we did and to see everyone we were able to see. Can’t wait until Christmas when we can do it again!!

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