Sunday, May 03, 2009

Summer Trip 2009. We're on our way.

Friday, May 01, 2009
Last night we went to dinner with Mike & Elaine Brennan at the Rose Garden. Got home shortly before 9:00 and tended to last minute preparation. In bed by 10. I awoke about 2:30; wide awake. We were on our way by 3:30 am.
Starting mileage: 22,332.
We were in Georgia by lunch time and were looking for Bar-B-Que restaurants. We both enjoy trying the very different regional foods. In South Carolina at Maurice’s, they use a mustard based sauce. In North Carolina it’s very heavy on vinegar. Georgia uses a tomato based sauce much more to our liking. Once before while traveling I-75 in Georgia, we stopped at The Pit Stop at Exit 63B, west side of the road.. Wonderful Bar-B-Que. This time we tried Smoke ‘n Pig at Exit 22. We were there about 11:15 and the place was crowded. When we left there was a waiting line. An excellent lunch. We’ll go back to either of the Georgia restaurants whenever we’re in the area.
We arrived at the High Falls State Park about 3:00. A very long driving day. Right at twelve hours. That will be the last long day for the trip. It just takes so long to get through Florida & Georgia. From now on our typical day will involve from two to four hours of driving. High Falls is a good stopping place. Only about two miles off I-75.
Tomorrow we drive to Tennessee.

Saturday, May 2, 2009
Left the campground about 9:30. The further north we drove the worse the weather got. North of Atlanta we drove into a very heavy rain storm. The rain is supposed to continue throughout the entire area for the next four days.
We stayed at the Chester Frost Park run by Hamilton County. It’s in Hixson, TN just east of Chattanooga. A very nice park. Well maintained, nice sized sites. On the shore of Chickamauga Lake. We picked a nice waterfront site for tonight and tomorrow. Went walking. Read our books. Grilled salmon & sweet potatoes for dinner; one of our favorite meals.

Sunday, May 3, 2009
Raining when we got up. Raining when we went to bed. Went walking whenever the rain stopped. Read our books the rest of the day. Tomorrow the weather is supposed to improve somewhat with Tuesday being partly cloudy. Oh well. Rain’s part of the deal. Everything is so green. When we left home there was a drought. The grass was all brown.
We try to identify birds as we see them using the National Audubon Society guide book. Saw a type of goose that we could not identify. Tomorrow I’m going to try to find the geese again and get a photo. Had homemade pizza for dinner.

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