21 thru 23 - Fort Mountain State Park, Chatsworth, GA
This was a really great weekend, with the exception of one thing, a bear ate our camera. Well, either that, or someone else picked it up off the playground where daddy laid it down. He won't admit that though, so we're just going to stick with the bear story. The camera was old, so it was really no big loss, except that we lost our pictures for the weekend. Any pictures you see below are borrowed.
Anyway, we did a lot of hiking at the park this weekend (trail map of the park). We took Roxy with us, and she did great! We hiked up to the overlook and the old rock fire tower built by the CCC. The supervisor of the crew chiseled a rock in the shape of a heart and placed it over a window on the tower as a tribute to his fiancÚ. From there, we walked down to the mysterious rock wall that gave Fort Mountain mountain its name . No one is quite certain who built the wall or when. There are a couple of good theories though. The weather was great and all the kids are getting better about hiking. That evening we fished for a while before going to the group shelter for some good acoustic music. We saw Ms. Ruby, the park's naturalist. She is a big reason the kids had such a good time on our last visit. Unfortunately, we kept missing her sessions all weekend. It was well after dark before we got back to our camp site, so we enjoyed the fire for a while before hitting the sack.
On Sunday, before heading home, we spent the morning walking around the lake and playing at the playground. When we did get home, we stayed outside and rode Herbie and bikes, flew planes, and rode the wagon down the hill until everyone was ready to drop from exhaustion. It was a classic weekend to remember. Mommy and Daddy enjoyed a steak and onion (not Vidalia, but just about as good), and the kids had a Polynesian delacacy (skewered hot dogs and pineapple slices).
September 15, 2007 -
North Georgia Air & Car Show, Rome, GA
Friday, August 31 & Saturday, September 1 - Indian
Springs State Park, Dauset Trails Nature Center, Indian Springs Inn, High
Falls State Park, all near Jackson, Georgia.
Sunday morning we packed up early and headed for Pine Mountain, Georgia, Home of F.D. Roosevelt State Park , Callaway Gardens, and possibly the coolest place we've ever been, Wild Animal Safari. We arrived at Wild Animal Safari at about 11:00 am, just as the rain was stopping. At that time, there were very few people there. You have three choices of how to ride through the park. You can drive your own car, ride the bus, or pay $11.00 extra, and rent a zebra van. The vans are absolutely nasty, but I really recommend that mode of transportation. You definitely do not want to drive your own car. The horned animals are pretty klutzy and were banging into the side of the van constantly. Also, there is a good chance the interior will get slobbered! Anyway, it takes about an hour to ride through the park, and you could never get this close to these animals any other way. All of us absolutely loved feeding and petting the animals (watch your fingers with the zebras and ostriches). We almost didn't do the walking part of the park. That would have been a big mistake. It's as cool as the ride-through part.
Sunday afternoon we set up camp at FD Roosevelt State Park. The campground had been booked the entire weekend, but I was able to reserve us a site. Once again, the rain (or threat of rain) had caused some people to leave early, or not show up at all, so we were lucky enough to get a great site. A pull through real close to a play ground and the naturalists pavilion. The kids were doing crafts within an hour. I set up our new satellite dish (we bought each other for our 18th Anniversary) so we could watch The 4400, one of our favorite shows. We went fishing for a while (and of course I caught a nice large mouth bass). Then, after a yummy fire-cooked steak, Vidalia onion, and home grown tomato, we went for a walk. I wish we had more time to really investigate FDR State Park because it seems to have a lot to offer. We'll be going back someday soon.
Monday morning (Labor Day)
we went to
Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia, adjacent to the park.
It was a learning experience for us all. FDR was responsible for many
of the state parks because he started the Civilian Conservation Corps to put
men to work during the Great Depression. The CCC planted trees, built
lakes, and built roads giving access to these great places for the general
public. FDR died of a stroke in this modest little cottage. It's
a very peaceful place. It's easy to see how it appealed to him.
Monday afternoon we went to
Callaway Gardens. This
is a great place to visit when camping at FDR. There is a lot for the
entire family to do there. There is
miles of paved
bike/hike trails, a
butterfly house, gardens, and a
huge beach with lots of activities (and more!). We visited the
butterfly center, the vegetable garden, and finally the beach (the kid's
favorite). It was a fun filled day, and once again, we plan to come
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