Sunday, January 13, 2013

General Coffee State Park, Day #2

With the rain behind us, and a bright and sunny day in front of us, Gary set me up for our stay. Following breakfast, he headed out with camera in hand. I knew I wouldn't see him for a few hours. Just as well, because I was still sleepy. The rain was pounding on me for most of the night, and I didn't get much sleep. When his tummy got hungry and his camera battery had died, Gary came back to the campsite for awhile. He downloaded the pictures to the laptop, and I was so surprised to see that this park has an area called Heritage Farms that has animals. How cool! There are chickens, goats, sheep, pigs, horses, and the favorite of Gary and I....DONKEYS!!! AWESOME!!! General Coffee was such a cool park that even the Aflac duck lives there. That picture of the duck on the lake is him, well at least that's what Gary told me. Do you think he was joking? Anyway, besides the animals being there, General Coffee is a BEAUTIFUL park. It is on the short list of our favorite parks, and Gary already booked a future stay for us there. After the camera battery recharged and lunch was eaten, Gary headed back out for more exploring and picture taking. He came back around 3PM, and headed out again around 4:00. There is lots to see and do there, and one thing you shouldn't do that somehow Gary managed to do. Does that make sense? He left to take some pictures of the cabins, some of which are only accessible from the main part of the park via a short trail. He drove the van to get to the entrance of the trail. It is a long way from the campground. A couple of hours later, darkness had fallen and he still wasn't back. Needless to say, I was REALLY worried. 7PM came and went, then 8PM, and then 9PM, and he still wasn't back. Between 9:30 and 10:00 he finally came back, looking somewhat frazzled and VERY tired. Somehow, he had taken the wrong trail coming back from the cabins. He walked for miles, and as darkness fell, he finally saw some lights from houses through the trees. Rather than getting eaten by a bear in the woods, he decided to cut through the trees and to see if he could find an opening in the barbed wire fence. As luck would have it, he found one. Unfortunately, that wasn't the end of the story. Gary had no idea where he was at. He walked through a neighborhood until he came upon a busier road. A couple of more miles of walking, and he came across a convenience store. He went in and asked a customer where the entrance of the park was, and was told that he was about SEVEN miles from there! The man he asked was very helpful, and ended up driving Gary back to the entrance of the park. It was another mile or so of walking through the darkness until Gary found the spot he had parked the van many hours earlier. It's unusual that Gary gets lost, but he did a GREAT job of that this time. I guess I'll be getting him a compass and a flashlight before we go camping again. Gary was extremely tired and had blisters on his feet. I don't think he moved all night after his head hit that pillow. Another half day to go at General Coffee before we would have to move on. Would Gary get lost again? You'll find out soon.

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