January 2014

The month started off pretty quite.  I had therapy for a few days – they think my dizziness was from my ears – not really sure about that.  

We attended a few of Julia’s, our 9 year old granddaughter, indoor soccer games.  I have really enjoyed watching this game – so much faster than outside.  She did very well and really enjoys the game.
This month we also bought ourselves Raleigh Bicycles.  We went all out and got the bikes, fenders, rack and a carrier for the truck.  We feel that this will get us out more to do some serious exercise.  LOL.   
We went to Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site in Charleston, SC twice in one week.  This is the birthplace of South Carolina’s first settlement in 1670.  We toured the visitor center and watched a movie which was quite interesting.  We walked the grounds and enjoyed the animal forest.  They had turkeys, deer, bear, bobcat, bison, skunks, puma, otter and a red wolf.  We were disappointed that the Legare Waring House was not open – we need to stop back someday when opened.  It is a great place for a walk.
One day we took our bicycles and headed to Summerville where we rode on the trail.  It was a nice ride and quite flat which we need just starting out.
The day before we left Charleston we went with Susan and the girls to see the Angel Oak Tree on Johns Island.  They estimate the tree to be at least 400 years old and as much as 1400-1500 years old.  It stands 66.5 feet tall, measures 28 feet in circumference and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet.  It was really a sight to see.  After that we headed to the Roller Skating Rink where the girls and Susan skated.  I would have loved to skate but have a fear of falling so I just sat and watched with Tim.  After that we attended Julia’s soccer game and then had dinner out.  It was a wonderful day.
While in Charleston we attended Seacoast Church which we both enjoy so much.  The service is inspiring and makes you feel good when you leave.  Love this church.
On the 19th we were on the road again.  We traveled about 100 miles to the Marine Corp Base Parris Island.  This base has been opened fo over 100 years and covers about 8000 acres.  All new enlisted recruits from the east and all women attend boot camp here.  It is cool to watch them march down the road while singing.  The base has a campground with 18 sites, full hookups, laundry room, and showers.  While here we rode our bikes, shopped, toured the area and enjoyed a nice nature walk.  We also went to Santa Elena on the island which is an archeological site.  It was the first capital of Spanish Florida from 1566 until 1587.  Kind of neat how they dig up areas and find out so much about ancient history.
We enjoyed visiting Hunting Island State Park which is a huge park with ocean, beach, swimming, fishing, boating, campground, nature center and store.  It became a state park in 1935 and is the most visited state park in the state.  We admired the lighthouse and the buildings where the lighthouse keeper and family lived.  
After a week it was back on the road.  We traveled the back roads from Parris Island to Unadilla, Georgia.  On the way we saw loads of cotton fields and then Claxton Fruit Cake factory.  Tim used to love those fruit cakes!  We arrived at Southern Trails RV Resort which will be our home for the next two weeks.  This is a Coast to Coast park which cuts down on the cost of camping for us.  The campground has full hookups, rec room, playground, pool, propane, dump station, mini golf, chapel, horseshoes, laundry, pond and fishing.  Quite nice.
While in this area we toured Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park.  What a beauty.  They have a golf course, lodge, conference center, Restaurant, cottages, campground, lake, beach, swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, Marina, disc golf and a fitness center.  In the visitor center they have a wonderful museum about the military which we enjoyed.  
The weather was very cold while we were there – we went thru a bottle of propane in two days which is very unusual.  
We visited Georgia Cotton Museum which is located in Vienna, Georgia.  The museum explains the history of cotton in the area and the effects on the weather, machinery and people.  It was quite interesting.
Andersonville National Historic Site was my favorite place to visit.  They have a National Prisoner of War Museum which sent chills up your spine listening to the stories and the suffering they endured.  It covers all the wars up to present.   The Prison, Camp Sumter, was built to hold 10,000 men and it held over 32,000.  Nearly 13,000 civil war soldiers died here in 14 months mostly from starvation and disease.  They also have a National Cemetery which is still being used as a final resting place for our veterans.  It is a shame to realize what we did to our own people during the Civil War.  Over 620,000 Americans died during this war.
We had a great lunch at a restaurant in Andersonville with a delicious sandwich, fries and drinks for a total bill of $9.  Great food and great prices.
Providence Canyon State Park was another place we visited.  They call this park “Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon.”  Due to poor farming practices the soft soil began washing away in the early 1800’s when trees were cleared to plant crops.  By 1850 ditches three to five feet deep were common.  Today some ditches are as deep as 150 feet.  The park covers 1108 acres with 16 canyons.  If you have ever been to Georgia you know there soil is orange and stains everything in site.  The ground was wet and no way did I want to hike in my new sneakers.  We just walked near the fence and looked down into the canyons.  One thing interesting on the grounds was an old Methodist Church which was established in 1832.  They have a church cemetery with pioneer families buried there.  Very neglected but interesting to us.  
As we were driving back to our little home we saw the sign for President Jimmy Carter’s Boyhood farm.  Lets stop and see what is here.  The Carter family moved here in 1928 and farmed 360 acres.  They grew cotton, peanuts, corn and vegetables plus had livestock.  The home was closed as a water pipe had burst but we were able to tour the grounds.  It was very informative.  The young park ranger was cooking peanuts over an open fire and gave us alittle bag.  Tim loved them – me not so much.  
We drove into Plains and stopped at a diner for lunch.  It was 3 PM so we were the only ones eating – had hotdogs, fries, and drinks for a total cost of $9.  Cheap dates we have lol.
After finishing eating we went to the Plains High School which is now the Visitor Center for President Carter.  We watched  a film and then toured the displays.  It was interesting to learn that when the Carters returned to Plains in 1953 they moved into a housing project for one year.  Both Tim and I lived in housing projects as young children and what a great time that was.  The Carter’s still live in Plains but you cannot really see their home as the secret service owns the first house and it blocks the view.  
We also visited the building that housed the Carter Warehouse years ago.  We bought some peanuts and candy and enjoyed talking to the lady whom was working.  She was filled with info that we enjoyed.  Also the par
k ranger at the Visitor Center was very helpful also.  All in all a great day.
We followed The Andersonville Trail and enjoyed seeing Perry, the town of Montezuma where the Mennonite’s live,  shopped in Cordele, and visited Robins Air Force Base.  We have seen all that interests us so time to move on.  Stayed tuned for our next stop.