Family Visit

Feb 24

Kaye, Dan, Ann

It is not often we get family coming for a visit so we were pleased that Kaye, Dan’s niece, came for her spring break. Duluth, Minnesota is a long way from Middle Georgia so we had to show her the sights. We visited the Big Peach Antique Mall, the Museum of Aviation, where Kaye and I rode the transporter motion simulator experiencing a F/A -18 Hornet launch and return to an aircraft carrier. Kaye had to have some southern cooking so we ate at the Waffle House, Fatz Cafe and Creekside Catfish. We did an overnight trip to Plains and Americus.

We toured the Jimmy Carter historic sites including his boyhood home on a cool but sunny day. Kaye was never cold but we had our winter jackets on. We stayed overnight at the Americus Garden Inn and enjoyed the hospitality of Kim and Susan, the innkeepers. This was our second visit and more enjoyable than the first. The breakfast included fresh baked blueberry muffins, Honeybell tangerine segments, choice of juice, and a hot entree. The egg and cheese pie was served with three oatmeal pecan pancakes. What a treat.

We headed to Andersonville, GA following the suggestions of Kim first visiting Gerald Lamby’s Drummer Boy Civil War Museum in the Civil War Village of Andersonville. There is a diorama of Andersonville prison which gives a representation of what it looked liked during 1864. The museum is a treasure of Civil War artifacts and 15 authentic Civil War uniforms on mannequins.

We then headed  to the Andersonville National Cemetery and prison site. Both are managed by the National Park Service. We watched the 28 minute movie about the prison before collecting the free audio CD to use while driving around the 26 acre site. After lunch back in Andersonville, we returned to the Welcome Center for the movie about POWs before touring the the National Prisoner of War Museum that opened in 1998. It is a moving experience learning about POWs from early times to present day.

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Traveler’s Rest B & B

Jan 28

Traveler's Rest B & B

We journeyed to Montezuma, Ga for an overnight at the Traveler’s Rest Bed and Breakfast. There was a town called Traveler’s Rest south of Montezuma which grew up around the ferry stop on the Flint River. It is fitting that the name carries on with the B & B.We were a few days late from our actual anniversary January 16, but it didn’t matter. We opted for the dinner at the inn and enjoyed salmon and cornish game hen in the dining room with candlelight and good company with another couple. Our Captain’s Quarter room was decorated in a nautical theme fitting the name of the room. We have three big windows facing the street with plenty of light. The large bathroom has a fancy jetted tub with lights and a built in radio. It was a very pleasant stay with Adele Goodman as the innkeeper who knows how to show good Southern hospitality.

We sat around the breakfast table enjoying our crepes with fresh fruit chatting with Karen from Colquit, GA. She was involved with the Swamp Gravy productions in that town for many years. She has great stories about how it got started and the stories about the town. We stayed at the B & B until 11:30 reading and playing with Charlotte the cat.

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Heart of Italy

Nov 13

David in Square

David in Square

Dan and I took a pilgrimage to Italy with a group from our church.The trip celebrated the pastor’s  25th anniversary of his ordination and 30 years for two of the Deacons. We covered a lot of ground during our 10 days in Florence, Assisi and Rome.

We traveled with 46 others with most from the Warner Robins, GA area. We saw Michaelangelo’s David in the Art Gallery in Florence, visited both St. Francis and St. Clare’s Bascilia’s in Assisi, and toured famous sites in Rome for 5 days. We were able to have private Masses in several of the famous churches.

On the last full day we had with an audience with Pope Benedict XVI. Though we were one small group in the audience hall holding 10,000, the church name was called and the Pope waved.

We finished the celebrating Mass at  the Catacombs of St. Sebastian and then touring the actual catacombs. Our farewell dinner at Benito’s in Rome including free flowing wine and entertainment. People were dancing in the aisle of the bus as we returned to our hotel.

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Mossy Creek

Oct 18

Today, we headed the the piney woods a few miles from our home for the Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival  We try and go when it comes in the spring and fall. Many of the same vendors return each year. This year we bought honey, pecans, mayhew jelly, and homemade apple blueberry bread. We enjoyed the blue-grass music, walking around under the tall pine trees, the petting zoo, and of course, the vendors. Dan even signed up for a horse raffle. The winner gets the 3 year old horse (riden for 6 months) or $150. As Dan says, “… it’s a nice horse.” I hope he takes the money if he wins. The proceeds go to the Peach County FFA farm for feeding expenses.

Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival was named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast, and also one of the Top 100 Events in North America. Voted “Favorite Arts and Crafts Festival in Georgia.” They advertise the festival as “the way things used to be.”

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Georgia Fair

Oct 08

The Georgia National Fair started this afternoon. I helped out at the Houston County Democratic Committee Booth in the McGill Marketplace. We live in a Republican stronghold here in Middle Georgia so I was expecting some negativity. But people can be so rude just because we are Democratic. The supplies including the life-size poster of President Obama have to be put away when the booth is not staffed. Last year a month before the election, the booth was vandalized more than once.

It is rewarding to have some civil conversations with some people. I have signed up for a few more days at the booth. I guess I am a glutton for punishment.

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Booth Western Art Museum

Aug 22

Booth I saw an ad for this museum in the Georgia magazine and was intrigued to see an exhibit titled, Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography. Since we had been there and since we both like the West, we did an overnight trip to Cartersville, GA. The town is about 30 miles north of Atlanta off I-75. The 80,000 square foot Booth Western Art Museum was well worth the trip. They are celebrating their 6th anniversary this weekend. Founded by owners of contemporary Western art, it now boosts main galleries featuring contemporary Western American art. Other galleries feature Civil War art, Presidential portraits and letters, Western movie posters, and Western illustration.  A new 40,000 square foot addition opens in October. We were very impressed. We lunched in the cafe and watched the 15 minute film and had an overview of the main galleries with a docent. You don’t have to go West to see great Western art. In fact, some pieces are on loan from other Western museums.

Etowah The next morning we drove to the national historic site at the Etowah Indian Mounds. Home to several thousand Native Americans between 1000 A.D. to 1550 A.D., this 54-acre site contains six earthen mounds, a plaza, village area, borrow pits and defensive ditch. This is the most intact Mississippian Culture site in the Southeastern United States. We watched a very informative film, toured the museum and drove around the mounds on a golf cart. The boot on my feet got the golf cart. We were the only people out on the grounds and it was so peaceful along the Etowah river. There is a nice picnic area, a swing and benches overlooking the river. Although it was overcast, the rain held off and we had a very peaceful time exploring.

We stayed with an Evergreen couple who were born and raised in Georgia. It made a nice get-away.

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