July 2013

We left Myrtle Beach and headed to Charleston at the beginning of the month.  With the weather being warm boat time was in order.  We had the boat serviced and it ran well after that.  We spent many a day watching the dolphins swim, cruising the rivers and sound, and even a little swimming from the boat.

We spent one week at the National Forest again and enjoyed that.  During the second week of the month Julia attended Surf Camp so on the last day we went to the graduation ceremony.  It shocked me how much she accomplished in one short week – she rode those waves like a champ. 

On the 15th Tim and I left Charleston and headed to Cleveland Georgia where we stayed at the Yonah Mountain Campground.  This is a coast to coast campground and was pretty nice.  It has 107 sites with full hookups pool pond fishing pavilion, dump station, laundry and tenting area.  The only problem is when it rains it floods cuz its hilly and all the rain washes down.  Yikes what a mess.

While here we visited Helen, Georgia which is a re-creation of an alpine village.  They have stores, restaurants, and the Chattahoochee River where you can watch people tube down the river.  They looked pretty comfortable on those huge tubes.  We walked in the shops and had lunch at The Old Bavaria Inn which serves German food.  I had a pork schnitzel sandwich which I would not recommend.  Tim had a wurst sausage sandwich.  We even did so off road driving which was interesting.  At night we had pizza at Yonah Pizza whch was very good.  We went to the supermarket and I found someones wallet laying on the floor.  I gave it to the store manager – hope the person finds it.

The Stovall Mill Covered Bridge was built in 1895 with one span wide and 33 feet long over the Chickamauga Creek.  It is no longer used but was interesting to see.

A visit to Old Sautee Store was the highlight of the day.  It was established in 1872 and in the front of the store they have alittle museum and then the store.  They sell candy, speciality foods toys, books, jewelery, gifts and apparel.  Just enough stuff to make it an enjoyable shopping trip.

I did not know that the Babyland General Hospital was located near there.  What a beautiful building that sits on 650 acres of land.  They actually have a cabbage patch with the dolls sitting in the middle of the cabbage.  They actually have people dressed up as nurses taking care of all the babies.  I still remember the Christmas my girls wanted the Cabbage Patch Dolls and mothers were fighting to get them – they were patient and got them later on.

Another sight was the Grist Mill.  It is an 123 year old grain mill that sells grits, flour, cornmeal, etc. 

Out in the middle of the cow pasture I noticed a mound of grass and it sent my curiousity into play.  Come to find out it was the Nacoochee Indian Mound where  Indian lovers from opposing tribes are buried within the mound.  In reality, the Nacoochee Mound is a burial site, the graves in most probability having been placed there long before the Cherokee Tribe inhabited the area. 

A ride on Russell Scenic Highway took us to Brasstown Bald.  We parked the truck and took a bus up to the visitor center.  This is the highest natural point in Georgia with an elevation of 4784 feet.  The view was spectacular. 

Anna Ruby Falls, located in the Chattahoochee National Forest was another stop for us.  The waterfalls were just beautiful and so happy to see our government keeping this land so everyone enjoys it.  The walk up was only .4 miles but quite steep plus it was very hot. 

Another great place to visit was the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway in Blue Ridge, Georgia.  We got 2 tickets for $46.80 with a 35% military discount.   The ride was in an open air car.  We even had a sweet gal giving us a guided tour.  The scenery was just beautiful being so lush and green.  We even saw deer on our ride.  The train stops in Coppershell, Tennessee where we had lunch and walked around the little town.  The train ride was good but did not enjoy the town that much.  Not much to do except eat.

If you ever want so good bread find an Amish Bakery.  Wow was that good – ate much to much but the taste was just outstanding.

Our last day in the area we went to the State Park and took a nice hike.  At the very bottom we came to a beautiful waterfall.  All in all a great place to visit.

Our next stop as North Shore Resort located in Greensboro, Georgia.  A very nice resort located on Lake Oconee which is known for water sports.  The campground has old railroad cars as their buildings which makes it very unique.  They have 102 sites with full hookups, decks, laundry, tables, lake, beach, pool, swim, fish, boats, shuffleboard, horseshoes and rec hall.  We enjoyed the quietness of this campground and enjoyed sitting outside in the beautiful fresh air.

On the way to the campground the truck started making a funny sound – come to find out the tire split and the Chevy dealer said it was not covered.  Kind of annoying when you buy coverage and nothing is covered but what can you do?  We got that fixed and then took a ride to Madison, Georgia.

What a cute little town – its known as the town General Sherman refused to burn.  Seems that Senator Joshua Hill was a friend of General Sherman’s brother and he asked that the town not be burned.  It is a beautiful and historical town with lovely old homes and churches.  We took a nice walk around and enjoyed the sights and then stopped for an ice cream cone.  Great day.

One night we had dinner at Filet Steak and Seafood in Greensboro.  A nice upscale restaurant with wonderful food.

A ride to Scull Shoals in the Oconee National Forest was an experience.  We actually took a dirt road in the forest until we reached the remains of a 1793 frontier settlement.  It then became the first paper mill in the state of Georgia.

Along the lake our two campgrounds run by the Georgia Power Company.  We took a ride to check them out and were impressed.  Located right on the lake with hookups, showers, laundry, dump, tenting area, playground, hiking, pavilion, beach, swimming and campfires.  Really pretty and very few people for the heat of July.

At the end of the month we headed back to the Francis Marion National Forest.