Thursday, March 20, 2014
Heading For The Mountains
Our first visit (of two on this trip) with Pat and Dan at their farm had reached it's end, and it was time to head north to the Georgia mountains. We were ready to roll around 10AM. Gary DID NOT want to drive on I-75, which was the way that MapQuest and the navigation on his smart phone suggested. Instead, we headed west and caught US27, and headed due north from there. It was a good choice. US27 is a four-lane divided highway, it's smoother than the interstate, and with the exception of a couple of larger towns we went through, the traffic was extremely light. We stopped to gas up "Dodge" in Carrollton, and made another stop to get ice for the cooler in Rome at the local "Twice The Ice". We continued north and the hills got steeper to climb. "Dodge" is geared for Florida flatlands, and hills are definitely not his thing. But, he never complains, and he got us to our destination at Cloudland Canyon State Park without any problems. After checking in at the park office and gift shop, we drove through the east rim campground. It was okay, but we wanted to see what the west rim campground had to offer. It was more heavily treed than the east rim campground, and we liked that better. Gary picked campsite #3 for our stay. It was a nice campsite, and bigger than was needed for a little trailer like me. But the campground had plenty of available spaces, and we could have any one we wanted. #3 was as good or better than any of the others. I was perfectly happy with it. Cloudland Canyon is a BIG park, and there's lots to see and do for explorers like Gary. It was too late on the day of our arrival to do much, but I knew that Gary would waste no time in checking the place out on the following day. And that he did. Pictures of the beautiful Cloudland Canyon State Park will be posted very soon.