#HOGWild18: Day 7 – North Carolina – South Carolina – Georgia – Alabama

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It’s day 7! And yes, we are wearing matching Silverii Summer Sizzler t-shirts. Scott and I have decided as we get older that we’re going to start wearing matching clothes more often. We always see elderly people doing this when we take trips to Las Vegas. We figure they dress alike so they don’t lose each other in a crowd. It’s sound logic.

Today wasn’t an exciting travel day as far as routes and roads go. We were a little sluggish getting out of bed this morning after such an exciting night at Harry Connick Jr. Plus, we raided the vending machines at about 1:30am and watched the Summit with North Korea until the wee hours of the morning.

I know, I know! I’m sure you’re thinking, “Those Silverii’s are party animals.” Well, if by party animal you mean eating Nutter Butters in our pjs in bed and watching TV, then you’d be right.

Also, I have to give mad props to my husband. There are things you find out about your spouse only after you get married, and one of those things Scott got to find out about me is that I’m obsessed with the weather. Like, I’ll watch The Weather Channel for hours. HOURS!

Considering Scott experienced Hurricane Katrina and all the others that have hit the Gulf, he’s probably not all that excited to watch it play out again on television. But he indulges me. That’s sacrifice, people.

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We made the four-hour drive from Charlotte, North Carolina to Stone Mountain, Georgia to meet up with friends for an early dinner. Tom and Lynnell Tysl were the leaders of our motorcycle small group at Gateway, and they got relocated to Georgia last year.

We miss them lots, but they truly bring joy to everyone, and they’re the most generous people you’ll ever meet. They’ve never met a stranger, and they have the gift of making anyone feel welcome.

We got to visit for a couple of hours and have a delicious home cooked meal. Let me tell you, we had Blue Bell ice cream and fresh Georgia peaches for dessert.

I’m STILL thinking about those peaches and wondering how I can get some home on the motorcycle. As a side note, how do people eat anything other than Blue Bell? There’s no comparison.

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We left the Tysl’s with full bellies, and headed out for the rest of our route. We’re going to spend the next couple of nights in Biloxi, so we wanted to get as close as we could before it got too dark.

When traveling in other parts of the country, I always think of how big Texas is. We rode through four states today (North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama), in a matter of hours. It takes two days to get from one side of Texas to the other. This doesn’t have anything to do with anything, I’m just full of wonderings tonight.

The weather looked ominous all day today, but we managed to avoid any rain. We’re going to keep praying for rain avoidance for the rest of the trip too. It could be a close call in the next day or so.

Scott and I are checked into the Hilton (Yay, for Hilton points), and we’re yet again watching The Weather Channel and eating pizza we had delivered to the room.

We’re winding down the trip, and we’re going to take these last couple of days to veg out by the pool and the ocean, catch up on some work, and eat at our favorite restaurant. If you’ve never been to Thirty-Two on top of the IP Resort & Casino, you need to go. They have a bacon appetizer that will blow your mind.

See y’all tomorrow!

Leah and Scott

Savannah, Georgia

We spent the last week in Orlando at the Swan and Dolphin Resort at Disney World. Scott’s not a fan of Disney World, so it was probably a good thing we had nothing but back to back meetings.

When we weren’t in meetings, we were holed up in the hotel room watching Forensic Files and ordering 2am pizza, which is usually a bad life choice, but seemed like a good idea at the time.

And Friday was pretty awesome because our morning meeting was moved to the afternoon, so we slept late and just played and talked until pretty late in the day. It was a good day.

We’re still trying to catch up on sleep from the motorcycle trip, and our days and nights are mixed up. Not to mention, I think we’re just plain exhausted and we’re looking forward to our own bed for the month of August.

It’ll be short-lived though, because we’re heading to Australia in September, which you’ll get to read all about right here on the site.

We had a ton of people come up to us at the conference this week saying they were sad the motorcycle trip ended because they loved reading the blog every day. We’re going to keep the blog going.

We’ve got A LOT of work travel in the next year, including Australia, Venice, Malta, Croatia, Greece, Rome, plus a crazy trip with the kids for a book signing in DC. We’ll keep this page hopping. Promise.

After we left Disney, we hopped in the convertible we rented, put the top down, and drove the four and a half hours to Savannah, Georgia. Savannah is one of my favorite cities, and it’s the setting for my Addison Holmes series, so I’ve got a soft spot for it. I was especially excited to get to share it with Scott because he’s never been here before.

As you can imagine, we have some crazy hotel and airline points. We chose the Mansion at Forsyth Park by Marriott for our two night stay in Savannah.

We have a great view of the park from our room, and when we woke up this morning, there were already people set up for picnics and volleyball games.

This is Scott in front of the hotel, sporting his Superman shirt he thought he lost while we were on the motorcycle trip. He was very glad to find it in the box of dirty clothes we shipped home from South Dakota.

We’re not much on walking tours, so we grabbed the convertible, put the top down, and did a street by street tour of the city. I still love it as much as I did the first time I visited, and I was so happy Scott loved it too. It’s nice to be able to share something you love with the person you love.

The homes are grand, the small green spaces every couple of blocks are immaculate, and everything about the city is genteel southern charm. 

We ate lunch down on River Street at a seafood place that looked out over the Savannah River. We had Shrimp and Grits and Crab Cakes, and you just don’t get better than that in low country.

We also had entertainment as we sat on the balcony and enjoyed the food.

 

Between the Georgia Queen making a pass, and the buggies and horse drawn carriages, we were thoroughly entertained.

After lunch, we continued our tour and headed to the cemetery. Scott’s probably not as big of a fan of cemeteries as I am, but he indulged me anyway. I love going through and seeing a story of someone’s life written on the headstones, sometimes the lives of entire families.

I was fortunate to find a quarter to put in the parking meter. A quarter doesn’t buy as many minutes as it used to.

This is the entrance to the cemetery. I’m not a hundred percent sure what Scott is doing, but there were an unusual amount of birds and squirrels following us around. Coincidence? I think not.

The cemetery was filled with great signs like this one, and all of the graves were Pre-Civil War and Pre-Revolutionary War, with many war heroes buried there. It was fascinating to read about them.

It was a short walk next door to the police department. I had to remind Scott he was retired after he saw the cool cars sitting out front.

We also had the privilege of running into this little guy, which we feel might have a lot in common with our 8 year old.

Scott wanted me to take a picture of the sign below. He said something about the good old days and grenades. I’ll let you interpret that how you wish.

We left the car with valet and decided to walk to dinner. Scott found a little place on the corner a few blocks down that served Sloppy Joes and Ribs and Mac n’ Cheese. Lord, I love this town. The Hitch’s menus are all amazing. Probably a good thing we’re going home soon or we’ll have to wear stretchy pants everywhere.

Tomorrow, we’re heading to Hilton Head to meet our good friend and amazing author, CJ Lyons for lunch, and then we’re driving on to Charleston to meet up with our niece and her husband the next few days.

I’m sure we’ll have more good food and great places to share with you!

Until tomorrow,

Leah and Scott

Romance Writers & Getting Hitched

Supper in Atlanta with Tom & LynnellTysl

Romance Writers & Getting Hitched

Leah was booked to attend the largest writer / reader event in the country for May, 2017. The RT (Romantic Times) was held in Atlanta, Georgia this year, so we decided to drive the 13 hours with a stop at my hometown in Louisiana.

We fly probably close to 100 times each year, so driving 13 or even 18 hours is a welcomed break from the friendly skies. It’s a perfect combination because I love to drive in silence and she loves to sleep while riding. It’s a total stress relief for me, so I always do the driving.

Our suite at the Atlanta Downtown Hyatt

Arriving early to get all of her books and swag organized, we discovered that on Sundays in downtown Atlanta, hordes of ATV, four-wheelers and dirt bikes terrorize the streets. Even from atop the Hyatt Regency, the buzz and whine of those bikes tormented us until I closed the sliding doors of course. It was fun to watch though.

With bestselling author Cristin Harber

RT is a fast and furious event hosting thousands of enthusiastic fans and authors eager to reconnect with friends and meet new readers of their works. Leah had a monster pace thanks to a major book release that same month. She was pulled back and forth between obligations and an innate desire to snooze.

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While it was another incredible opportunity to reunite with folks, our hearts were set on the next stop, Fairhope, Alabama. Our niece, Hailey Silverii was marrying her college sweetheart, Andrew Dolan at this semi-neutral destination. I say semi because Andrew is from Mobile, Alabama. I told Hailey she can’t call it a destination wedding when it’s his hometown. She didn’t see the humor in that.

Fairhope is a wonderfully quaint town tucked alongside the bay just across from a bustling Mobile. Besides the constant 25 mph speed limits, it was a fantastic location for a wedding. Honestly, I couldn’t live in a place at that pace, but it works for others.

Hailey just graduated from LSU/Tulane Medical School and after her wedding and honeymoon to Europe, begins her residency in South Carolina. To say we’re proud of her is an understatement.

There was one mishap that could’ve possibly been my fault. While in Europe last summer, I commented on the tiny tub. Leah laughed and corrected me. It was a bidet. We get to Alabama and I comment on the bidet. She laughs still, and says it’s a tiny tub. Either way, I’m not sitting in them.

Tiny tub or bidet?

This was a great outing. We avoided flying, enjoyed driving, loved the book signing and adored the wedding. Then, it was time to power back to Dallas. I say power because the closest Leah came to that was napping. But I’ll be dog gone if she isn’t good at doing it. Like I said, I like to drive in silence.

My Navigator Power Napping

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