Moving on – to LaGrange,GA

3/21/14 Friday LaGrange,GA (Whitetail Ridge-COE ($12/night)

Gorgeous, sunny day. My early morning trip to the bathroom was rewarded with a lovely sunrise (at Southern Trails Resort).  This is a nice campground, I just didn’t have time to enjoy it with all our efforts at the rally.

Sunrise 1

The P/S slide was really tight but when we put the jacks up it got better and came in ok. Whew! We got on the road by 9 am. First challenge: they were working on the railroad tracks that we needed to cross to get to the freeway – Road Closed. We found an open road down the way and went over the tracks gingerly. Our Rand McNally GPS did well at guiding us from there to the freeway entrance. Not as much freeway driving this trip: I-75 N to SR 96/US 80 then I-185 N to SR 219, finally onto SR 109 and our campground. We were concerned about going on SR 96 because our Rand McNally Truck (Motor Carrier) Atlas showed just the beginning and ending parts as truck safe. John thought it looked fine and asked someone from around these parts (at the rally) about it. The gentleman said it was fine, a lovely scenic ride with lots of ups and downs (oh, yeah, we’re not in flat Florida any more!). We asked if it was 4 lane and he said yes. Well. It was scenic and rolled up and down all right, but it wasn’t 4 lane for the first 12 miles, to our concern. Wonderful road after the west end of Fort Valley. Sure saw a lot of coaches in the first 10 miles of our trip-probably leaving the Rally too. The scenery: farmland, pine and deciduous trees without their leaves, sprinkled with white and purple blossoming trees and cattle now and then. Jimmy Carter encouraged growing pine trees for jobs in this state. I wouldn’t be surprised if many of these are being farmed.

Georgia Welcome Center at intersection of SR 80 and I-185. Great place, really helpful people, free fresh Plains peanuts. SO good. They told us the white blossoming trees are Bradford Pears (ornamental, not good for your yard with breaking limbs) and Redbud trees (very nice for your yard). We’d been concerned about turning off SR 219 onto Pegasus Parkway as the COE host had directed us because our maps didn’t show it going to SR 109. A sweet lady there lives in LaGrange and assured us it is the truck route built so that big rigs don’t have to navigate downtown LaGrange. Yes! She wanted to print it off Mapquest for us. Duh, next time when we question a newer road we should check out Mapquest. So many things to consider when planning a trip.

This campground is beautiful: views of West Point Lake (it’s huge), lots of woods and talkative birds. It smells so fresh and sweet. I’ve enjoyed all the Corps of Engineer campgrounds we’ve stayed at but this one is the best so far. ($24/night, $12/night for those with Senior Pass-NPS).

View from the sofa on the passenger side

View 1a

View from the front

View 3

View from the dining table on the driver’s side

View 2

Once we got set up, I took care of some business calls then we took a walk to take in all the beauty. As we began we saw a Winnebago Journey coming in, just 3 campsites down from ours. Their neighbor was blocking the road with a boat so the 2 had a talk and the boat got moved. We told them we wanted to visit when they were settled – interested in their Journey. He joked that they would sell- wouldn’t we sell if the price were right? We continued strolling along other campsites.

Stroll 1 Stroll 2 Stroll 3 Stroll 4 Stroll 5

When we returned we stopped at the Journey. They showed us their coach, a 2009 34Y. Just what I want-even vinyl floors!). They bought it when it was 2 years old. How nice is that? We found out they get satellite reception (clear view of the lake) whereas we have too many trees. So we got to watch Gonzaga play their first NCAA game with our new friends, Dave and Barb (from Wisconsin). Great fun and lots of conversation. Plus Gonzaga won! Next they play Arizona on Sunday.

Back at home we whipped up a grilled supper using our new (from the rally) Grill Mat. We put John’s Tator Tots and frozen fish portions on it early, then my fresh Tilapia filet. John needs to work on his timing for his fish but supper tasted grand from my point of view. Our evening was completed by some taped TV shows.


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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