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Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
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Trip End May 04, 2013


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General Coffee State Park

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

After having spent nearly three weeks in South Florida, I guess that we're spoiled.  At Crooked River SP this morning it got down to 43 degrees after a high of sixty-five yesterday.

We got out of camp earlier than ever, since we wanted to stop in Waycross, Georgia and get Shorty's oil changed.  The ride was a bit rough with gusty winds making a bit of a ruckus.  We dropped Shorty off and went to get a few items for our next leg.  I never did warm up much, but did get to sixty-three degrees at our new "temporary home."

We're now at General Coffee State Park.  It's virtually abandoned, with more Camp Hosts than campers.  The host, Don, said that it's typically so during the week.  There a some interesting trails here which we will explore tomorrow.  The oil change and check-up went well, but I'm not so sure about the tire pressure.  Shorty seemed a bit squirrelly on the last leg.  I'll check the pressure tomorrow and borrow a compressor from one of the hosts if need be.

We've seen on palm trees since we left Florida.  Now we're in an area covered with slender Long Needle Pines and the ever-present Live oaks.  We've noticed the the sites are now covered with crushed granite, not the sand of Florida.  It makes for a cleaner coach, that's for sure.  Yesterday we vacuumed out His Highness and it looks and feels better.  It does appear that our "technician", in Waycross, did "make his mark" on our clean carpet though.  If the tire pressure is off, I'll call the Ford Dealer and share my two complaints with them.

It looks like we just might have a decent sunset tonight.  The only shot got on our long hike yesterday was of an Eastern Towhee.  It's a dark bird with a dark orange chest and an amazing white eye.  The ranger at the parked identified it for us.  It's nice to have the resources handy and that some actually do know what's up.

Tonight's dinner will be Parsley and Parmesan Chicken.  Coupled with the ever-present green salad, it should be a treat.  I only mention our menu since a dear friend of mine has commented and enjoys hearing about it.  He's a man of fine taste!

I don't know if many of you are going to Flickr to see our pictures.  The last sunset I shot is now on a page on Flickr from Spain or Portugal.  They requested that I join the group. That's a nice feeling, being able to share the pics taken with my "good camera."

More tomorrow after our hike along the swamp and woods trail.

It's raining softly as I write this evening.  It's dry here, as it has been in most every state we've visited since Arizona.  The sound on the roof of the coach is comforting and keeps us peaceful.


We had a wonderful walk along the Swamp Trail, which follows the Seventeen Mile River.  We saw no wildlife and only a few birds, but no people, which is fine.  The trail, surprisingly, has a few hills.  There are a few new species of trees here and the informational signs always teach us a bit.  There are cypress trees here, which we haven't seen in a while.  The swamp section of the river is very beautiful.  I posted a video on Facebook that you may wish to check out.  Most of all, we noticed the spring blossoms on the various trees. I'll include them on the Flickr page.  Please check them out.  They are beautiful.


The trail ends at an old farm.  We turned around there and completed our hike back to camp on the paved road.  We did nearly five miles and both of us were a bit tired, but in better condition now.  Getting back into shape is a slow process, but well worth the effort.


After we had a late lunch, we drove back to the Trading Post, which is at the entrance to the park.  We got the free night's camping that comes with being a Friend on Georgia State Parks.  Due to my age, we also get a twenty percent discount on a campsite and ten percent off of any merchandise we purchase.  We checked out the straw hats in the store and each fell for a hat to our liking.  Lynn's is a wide brimmed summer hat and mine is another Gamblers Fedora.  Pictures will appear as they will.  Nice hats!


We then walked down to see the farm animals.  I had forgotten both my camera and the phone, so you'll have to take my word for what we saw.  The goat kids were our favorites.  The ate grass and hay out of our hands and one little one was interested in eating the strap from my sandal.  Goats will eat about anything.  There were several scruffy sheep, but no lambs yet.


The chickens were great!  Lots of showy roosters and crowing was the song of the day.  Lots of them had deformed combs.  I'm wondering what causes it.  One pair are black and brown roosters had feathers attached to their feet.  They were more like plumes and gave them the look of having four legs.  Interesting...


We'll be heading west in the morning to Seminole State Park, which is still in Georgia.  It looks to be more out in the wilds from checking it out on the map.  Phone and data service has been excellent at most places and we both enjoy that.  Lynn is quite the "Tableteer" these days.  Thanks for stopping by...
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ferdie on

Hello there, sounds like a tranquill place.....long walk youse guys....admire you both! Got about 2 miles in last wkend walking into Etch's cabin near Pipestone. Got the wall out, finally, beam in and starting on the floor after the old carpet comes out! Ruthie at Quinn's with girls for the wkend....35 for a high today! That 43 down there must have felt COLD! Hugs....

Dennis on

Well, you've started the Northern leg back home . You should be there just in time for,summer. As I was last year, I am a bit envious but enjoy reading of your travels. Stay safe and enjoy yourselves.

Debbie Shea on

Enjoy, enjoy, I just walked home from my mothers with a hat, scarf, coat and gloves(and of course all of the other things), and I am now in my house finding it hard to warm up!!!
Safe journey,
Deb

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photodon on

I heard when I was in Arizona that many of the palm trees in Florida were illegally imported there from Arizona.

Nice flower pix on Flickr, Ralphie.

Chris Stockwell on

Watching the 3rd episode on the history of the English Monarchy on Netflix. It seems we have the English to thank for our concept of republican freedom. It seems the Norman King, William the Conqueror, ruled with an iron hand, not the consent of the Anglo-Saxon governed. In the middle of his reign, he pulled off harrying the North around York to terrorize the populace and their leadership. It made me think of Sheridan's ride through the South during the Civil War. It only took the Anglo-Saxons 88 years to hurl the Normans back to France and restore a king that recognized the tradition of governance by consent of the governed.

I feel the home-bound tractor beam pulling you two wanderers in. The only way you can stay out is abandon Shorty. Shorty will find his own way home.

Love ya,
Chris and Maggie

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