Heading South Through Georgia

Ashburn, GA

After getting the motorhome serviced in Gaffney, SC we headed south on I-85 to Atlanta for a visit with son, Kevin.  Kevin is a pilot for a Delta regional airline so we had to fit our visit in between his trips.  Kevin works diligently to keep his lawn neatly trimmed so we dug in to help him do some end-of-season tasks.

A bit of leaf raking

A bit of leaf blowing

And a little planting

Looks Good!

Since we will soon be headed further south, we decided to celebrate an early Thanksgiving with Kevin.  Pam worked her little apron off to create a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings.  Everything was delicious!

After a great visit with Kevin we continued our journey south.  We are now in Ashburn, GA, about 175 miles south of Atlanta where we are staying at Wanee Lake RV and Golf Resort.  While the term “resort” is definitely a stretch for this park, it does have a decent nine hole golf course (the reason for our visit).

“Resort” living!

Looking at the first hole

A young PGA professional poses on the 4th green

Some Atlanta Falcon cheerleaders supplement their income by caddying

This part of southern Georgia is known for two things: peanuts and cotton.  A cotton field near the park was a sea of white when we arrived.

A week later a photo from the same location shows the field after the cotton had been harvested into huge rolls ready for transport.

There is very little to do or see around the town of Ashburn, but we did enjoy many days of golf and the occasional trip south to the town of Tifton for some liquid refreshment at one of those chain coffee shops.

Tomorrow we move into Florida and will stay there until January 1st.  We’ll stay a couple of nights in Bushnell, a small town along I-75 north of Tampa before moving over to Hudson for a week to have the windows in the coach repaired (they all have fogged up).  More on that process in our next post . . .

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36 Responses to Heading South Through Georgia

  1. Ingrid says:

    I sure don’t miss leave raking. It’s fun to help our kids out but also nice to move on and leave those chores behind.

  2. Gay says:

    Kevin’s yard looks nice and near! Great job you too. Sometimes it’s nice to slow down and do nothing except a few rounds of golf. Looks like you had great weather. I do miss the cotton fields. Safe travels to the sunshine state!

  3. pmbweaver says:

    If you are passing through Canton, please stop by and pick up our leaves…since you both love to do yard work…hehe
    Why does that Atlanta Falcon cheerleader have so many clothes on? I thought they just wear a skimpy outfit when they caddie.
    We saw cotton field in AZ one day and bare land the next. It is pretty cool how they can do that so fast. Safe travels.

  4. Jeff says:

    In Dayton, Ohio the city has big vacuum cleaners to suck up the leaves, just got to get them to the curb. But nice to see the colors and your gardening skills are still good! got any succulents to offer Georgia?

  5. montanaclarks says:

    Where are you guys spending the winter this year?

  6. Sue says:

    I, personally, think its wonderful that the cheerleaders have decided to wear more practical outfits while caddying. Wouldn’t want those golfers to get the wrong impression and grab their caddies….

  7. Maxxtrails says:

    Great pictures of the cotton! We see cotton fields in Yuma but they are usually done by the time we arrive in December.

  8. Jim and Barb says:

    Sometimes it is nice to get out and do a little yard work, especially when it is not your yard and you don’t have to worry about it!

    • placestheygo says:

      A LITTLE yard work isn’t too bad. This yard wasn’t ours but the “boss” is very strict and extremely fussy. John got fired a couple years ago from mulching because he wasn’t banking it correctly!!

  9. Fascinating…I did not know cotton was harvested into rolls! Wish I could’ve helped you with the yard work…I need a yard fix!

    • placestheygo says:

      I must say that I did think of you, Lisa, as I planted the 96 pansies. I kept trying to find the relaxing part…never found it:) This was the first time we’ve seen the cotton in rolls. Usually it is in large rectangular blocks. I did some research and both methods are still used but we saw mostly yellow rolls in this part of GA.

  10. Jacquie says:

    It’s a great feeling to ‘play’ in the dirt, but, a greater feeling to not have to do it all the time! Ahhh, just hearing the words ‘travelling south’ makes me want to hit the road. We’re leaving Ontario December 1st and heading that way with a stop in Gaffney on December 19th. We all just keep looping round and round these great countries! Safe travels!

  11. Sherry says:

    Everybody seems to be getting their fogged windows redone. Just read about a place in Phoenix. We did ours last year on the Florida East coast. I’m missing a picture of a delicious early thanksgiving dinner. Amazing that a Falcons cheerleader and golf caddy is also a fabulous cook. Someone should snatch her up.

    • placestheygo says:

      Yes, we just read about Jim and Gayle getting their windows done in Phoenix. I’ll be glad when our windows are finished. I never thought to take a photo of our early Thanksgiving dinner.

  12. girlonahike says:

    WOW, its still t-shirt and shorts weather there! Love the cotton fields. -Alicia @ http://www.girlonahike.com

    • placestheygo says:

      Your weather is a little different this time of year, especially at those higher elevations! We had a few record break high temp days where it got to the high 80’s. Too warm!! But we are staying with the shorts weather as we move south:)

  13. Laurel says:

    Sounds like you had a great time with Kevin—he must love when you come to visit and help with the fall yard tasks. (And how fun that you had a pre-Thanksgiving dinner—food photos next time, please. :-)) We’re here in Ashland raking leaves, too. Lots and lots and lots of leaves…..

    • placestheygo says:

      John did that raking of lots and lots of leaves for 25 year. He definitely doesn’t miss the leaves. But this was a small job. I’m sorry I didn’t take photos of the Thanksgiving dinner. I really out did myself this year since I missed making Kevin a holiday dinner last year.

  14. Jodee Gravel says:

    I’m going to make sure we have a FHU spot when we come off the road – and just a small yard that won’t take much time to spiff up 🙂 It’s called a resort because young PGA golfers and cheerleading caddies use their course – duh! Looks like you’re having nice weather as well.

    • placestheygo says:

      That’s right, Jodee!! Only at a resort will you find young, good looking golfers and cheerleader caddies:) I’m with you on those necessities when we leave the road…small, small yard!! Our weather has been perfect…mid 70’s, lots of sun, no humidity, and cool nights:) And we didn’t have any bugs in Atlanta while planting or while golfing in Ashburn!!

  15. I know you are anxious about having the fogged windows fixed, as we were, but I’m sure it will turn out fine!
    Enjoy your time in FL. We need to get back there one of these years.

  16. geogypsy2u says:

    I like not having a “yard” or yardwork but do appreciate your pitching in. Celebrating Thanks-giving with family should be done every time we can be together. Seems everybody is doing windows. Don’t think I can afford to replace all mine with thermal.

    • placestheygo says:

      I agree with your Thanks-giving thought, Gaelyn:) Since I missed cooking Kevin a meal last year, I went all out this year:) Yes, it seems a lot of us are getting out windows cleaned. We aren’t replacing our windows. They will remove each one and then separate the two panes, clean them, then reseal them, and put them back in. Hopefully, they will stay for another eight years.

  17. What are retired parents for? Need to brush up again on cooking, raking and planting at least for a few days and leave it to the son to continue what his parents had began.
    I never saw a cotton plantation and how they are rolled up at harvest time. For sure it was not done like this during Lincoln’s time.

    • placestheygo says:

      Yes, that’s what retired parents do:) We enjoyed being able to help both children out for awhile:) It was nice being in this part of the country for the cotton harvest for the first time. I did have to watch several videos to understand the entire process. It certainly is a different process than in Lincoln’s day! We discussed what it must have been like as we passed the cotton fields. There are so many cotton pieces on each plant, and they are all the way to the ground. I can’t even begin to imagine what it was like.

  18. LuAnn says:

    Looks like you had a good visit with Kevin, even though he put you to work. Great that you could have a Thanksgiving celebration with him while you were there.

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