Trip Start Aug 09, 2009
108Trip End Oct 23, 2009
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The small waterfall and scenery are definitely not going to wow anyone but knowing the biodiversity here does give the place a little bit of a wow factor. A mile and half or so hike in led me down a path lines by pines and some sort of lowlying palm looking things. I read that the outcroppings are part of the Altamaha Grit which is a sandstone area below the surface that pops above ground only in a few places, Broxton Rocks being the largest. And almost the entire sandstone lies within Georgia, making this preserve something uniquely local
About a year and a half ago some special on Channel 2 was showing unique places in Georgia and the preserve here got my attention. Being closed to the public, special permission is needed from The Nature Conservancy and I filled out the forms and got my permission. Only problem is it took me over a year to get here. Better late than never and while I wouldn't make a special trip here just to see it, Broxton Rocks is a nice stopping point on a longer journey on the trail of things especially Georgian.
And uniquely local is what I was after so yes, Broxton Rocks! I am off to the Okefenokee Swamp next and this is a part of Georgia truly foreign to me. The license plate on my truck indeed says I am from here but never have a I felt more like an outsider. While at a red light outside of Broxton a giant truck with a ten foot antenna pulled up next to me and I glanced over at the driver. He was redneck to the core with a bad mullet, wifebeater teeshirt, and a bumper sticker affirming "Rebel to the End." The interesting thing is that I am the one who was out of place at the red light.
Just outside Broxton somewhere I saw a billboard for Jimmy's restaurant. Now normally a billboard for an eating establishment has a picture of food that never looks that pretty on the plate in the restaurant and then under it an address or what the special is. Not for Jimmy's. He wants you to "Oh taste and see that the Lord is good." Wow...Never in a million years would I have thought that sticking so close to home would be such a feast for the eyes. Can't wait to report on what I find on down the road a bit
Hopefully wherever this road leads me will be a little nicer than the scenery inside the Douglas, GA WalMart where I watched valued customers driving around on their scooters. A friend was telling me about some website that contains pics of people seen at Walmarts and I do think this particular one in Douglas could provide pages of laughs. Or maybe horrors for the eyes would be more accurate. Picture it, a woman on a scooter so big that her thigh fat hung down off the seat and almost went to the floor. Picture it, a pregnant teenager wearing a halter top with full fat gut and muffin top exposed for all to marvel at. I have to give these folks credit. It sure does take a lot of guts to leave the trailer like this and to just let it all hang in public.
South Georgia is such a world apart from my neighborhood in midtown Atlanta. I cannot wait to delve further into all this! I have always enjoyed a good spectacle.