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North America » United States » Georgia » Augusta April 21st 2019

I went the year Big Phil won (2004) for the first time. From 2004: I went to the Masters Golf Tournament a few years ago. I wrote about it in one of my Travel Archives, but let me add to the lore of Augusta once more. As I drove down to Augusta from the college town of Columbia, I was just shocked to see the dirty, and ugly white ghetto of Augusta, as I turned off the freeway. Along the street, home made signs were plastered, for buying and selling tickets. Guys with big beer bellies were sitting on their lawn chairs, drinking beer at 8am in the warm Georgia sun. Cars would stop, buy and sell tickets, and move on, sometimes sharing a beer with the scalpers. The Masters is a way of life here, ... read more
He told the doubters to GO AWAY!!!!
Big Phil  won in 2004

North America » United States » Georgia » Stone Mountain April 12th 2019

This truly is a nice campground. We are on the loop pretty much dedicated for rally’s, so it is not as pretty as some of the others, but it is still very nice. There are about 30 campsites on our loop, and we take up 19 of them. Each has a grill and fire ring, is paved, and has a concrete patio with cement picnic table. All are terribly unlevel. They look flat, but all slope, and no rig is totally level. As long as you sleep with your head higher than your feet, you are ok. The first 2 days it rained, so we opted to do indoor attractions. Monday we went to the aquarium. We purchased the city pass for $80, which gave us admission to five downtown attractions for the price of 3. ... read more
building at the top
me at the top
Rod at the top


You all probably know, due to health issues, I did not get on a Winter Snowbird trip in January. I made some tough decisions, my health dictated my choices. It was horrible staying home during those cold, damp dreary winter months. My goal was to be in tip top shape by 3/26, the date for my trip to Ireland. I accomplished that and had a great trip with girlfriends. But, I got sick at the end of the trip, and ended up at the doctor upon return for a sinus infection and bronchitis. I recovered enough in time to go to NJ for Maggie’s confirmation, which did not happen due to circumstances beyond all control, but my plane ticket was purchased, so I went. I got home and quickly packed the RV with friend Marilyn’s help, ... read more
about a 10 inch starfish
lovely jelly.
lovely colors

North America » United States » Georgia February 4th 2019

Next part of the trip is in Georgia state. We have a special stop to do in Savannah: the Bonaventure cemetery. It's renowned for being very beautiful, leafy and full of statues, and that's right! We stopped along the coast in small beautiful small town like St-Mary. Near of Florida's border we went inland to Okefenokee swamp. This is a protected area with many trails and beautiful nature. It was a bit cool when we went so the alligators were a bit sluggish, but easy to photograph up close. Also, many carnivorous plants. In forests parts, I really like the mix of pines with palmetto. For us from the North, it seems like a weird combination to have these 2 types of plants together, but it was just an impression because they all thrive. Next part, ... read more
Bonaventure cemetery
Bonaventure cemetery
Iron balcony in Savannah

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta » Buckhead February 3rd 2019

None of my favorite teams are in this year's Super Bowl. Though I do not care for the Patriots, I think Brady and Bellichik are the best in the business. So, I guess I will root for the Rams (and fellow Cal grad, Jared Goff), my Niners hated rival, though Seattle usually gets the title of most hated. So, let's move on to the best part of Super Bowl, the food!!! Keep in mind that you will consume an average of 2400 calories DURING game time alone!!!! Super Bowl Sunday is exceeded only by Thanksgiving for food consumption. I never realized that chicken wings are the most consumed food item on Super Bowl Sunday. That means 1.3 billion wings will be consumed. That means 650 million chickens are running around with no wings!!!! That is four ... read more
Never enough beer!!!!
Love those cheese curds, yes!
The snack stadium, how useless.

North America » United States » Georgia » Savannah January 19th 2019

Blog 01-19-19 Savannah, GA I left home Wed 1-17 about 9:15 am which is a new record for me. Headed west on 80 then south on 81 to Winchester, VA. The countryside was beautiful in VA, full of rolling hills and what looked like gentleman horse farms. Yes, I could live here. Finally hooking up with 95 I arrived in my campground in Fredericksburg, VA only to realize I hadn't left the snow behind. They had a storm on Saturday and although it was off the roads, it was still piled up here and there and in the woods. It resulted in a cold breeze from the ground making for very unpleasant walks. We spent a cool night with temps around 55 inside and 28 outside. I was very snug in my bed but I had ... read more
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North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta December 20th 2018

Well, it's been over a month since I've returned to Ecuador. It's been a busy month and the travelblog website has had some glitches, but enough of excuses. The second half of my US visit blog entry is waayyy overdue! It's been 12 years since I moved away from Atlanta and over 7 years since I’d been back east for a visit...so, I scheduled ample time to reconnect with old friends. It's amazing how even though the years pass, we pick up where we left off. My friends and I haven't aged at all, but their kids sure have grown up -- how does that work?! I had lined up a rental car to pick up at the Loews hotel not far from a MARTA station, so upon returning from Florida I took the train from ... read more
Jennifer, Emily & Maddox
Fongbemi Family
African Food in Atlanta!

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta November 23rd 2018

Left my red truck (Scarlett O'Sare) parked in a friend's garage near Quito, and my taxi arrived just after midnight to get me to the airport in time for my 4:30 am flight. All went smoothly with my COPA connection in Panama City and, as always, I enjoyed catching up on old movies on the long leg of the flight (PTY to LAX is over 6 hours). My plane actually arrived in LA early, I sailed through immigration, my suitcase was the first one off the baggage carousel, and I was waved thru customs -- which meant I had to wait a bit curbside for my niece to swing by and pick me up. Jenna and her family just moved west from NY, much to my sister's delight! Jenna and I hurried to the babysitter's house...and ... read more
Busy Baby
Arizona Girl
Santa Catalina Mtns

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta November 1st 2018

Left my red truck (Scarlett O'Sare) parked in a friend's garage near Quito, and my taxi arrived just after midnight to get me to the airport in time for my 4:30 am flight. All went smoothly with my COPA connection in Panama City and, as always, I enjoyed catching up on old movies on the long leg of the flight (PTY to LAX is over 6 hours). My plane actually arrived in LA early, I sailed through immigration, my suitcase was the first one off the baggage carousel, and I was waved thru customs -- which meant I had to wait a bit curbside for my niece to swing by and pick me up. Jenna and her family just moved west from NY, much to my sister's delight! Jenna and I hurried to the babysitter's house...and ... read more
Busy Baby
Arizona Girl
Sta Catalina Mtns

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta July 2nd 2018

Leaving Atlanta – Monday July 2, 2018 It’s 6 AM and I feel this gentle rub on my leg, I open my eyes and I see Kirsten’s smiling face starring into mine saying. We’re on vacation and we have flights to catch. I smile... knowing Kirsten has given me every moment of extra sleep knowing it going to be a long day. I’m in and out of the shower in record time and were on our way to pick up Omi. So, for this adventure Kirsten has swapped houses, yep your read that correctly. About 18 month’s ago, Kirsten listed us on some web site called Homelink.org. She has been getting requests daily, ok maybe not daily but weekly …seriously. So, she accepted a request from a couple in France located in the Loire Valley “Thus ... read more
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