Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Big Chill

-6 Degrees F - Still having fun???........not me....

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Everybody is Welcome!

This historical Episcopal church in Fitzgerald, Georgia is like most churches - they have a welcoming attitude.  If you look close you will see a beautiful rooster in the steps waiting to greet you.  It seems that early on, when the town was new, the city founders were looking for ways to encourage people to settle in their community.  They imported these pretty birds with the idea that they would turn them loose in the country and attract hunters.  The birds didn't adapt to living in the wild and soon started hanging out in the local barnyards and the city streets.  In fact they seem to prefer the city streets, lawns, and gardens.  If you stop and listen, you can hear them crow all around you.  They are now protected and thrive in the city.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Green Fried Tomatoes

 We like to drive back roads as much as we can because you can discover some really interesting things that you would miss on the expressway.  For instance, we discovered this location hiding in the hills of Georgia.  It is the location where the movie "Green Fried Tomatoes" was filmed.  We often find that the local folks are very friendly and love to tell their local stories to strangers. All you have to do is ask - and then be prepared to listen.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Great Smokey Mountains

It isn't hard to see how these mountains got their name..........

Friday, January 4, 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Frosty the Snow Man

I guess when you don't have snow you have to improvise.

Let Me Tell You A Story.......

On New Years Day we decided to celebrate Greg's first day of retirement with a drive thru the Ocala National Forest.  We drove down the road pictured above for about 10 miles and arrived at Lake George.  The weather was wonderful, great view, quiet and relaxing.  Got ready to leave and the truck was dead.  Wouldn't start.  Greg is very mechanically minded and I wasn't worried.  But no tools.  No way would it start.  Fortunately someone was watching out for us.  There were 3 bars of cell reception.  I only had enough charge remaining to find our location on a map so that we could tell AAA where we were.  Using Greg's phone we called AAA and they found someone to help us.  They arrived in good time.  Got it started and we drove back down this road.  Just before we got to the main road - a flat tire!!!!!!!  We pulled over to the side of the road and Greg got down on the ground to investigate.  He couldn't get the spare tire unmounted from under the truck......seems that whoever put the hitch on the truck covered up the bolt holding the tire.  When Greg stood up we noticed that his his entire lowers legs were swarming with thousands of fire ants.. We quickly brushed them off, but not before he got bitten several hundred times.   Lucky for us the AAA driver was nearby and came to help us...... again.    We finally got home safely, well after dark.........      Greg's legs are looking better, still painful, and he was able to start on an antibiotic to prevent the cellulitis from progressing.  Hopefully the rest of the year goes better.   

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Hello 2013

We are looking forward to many happy trails to be discovered and followed during this exciting new year.