June 2017 Back on the road!
Kris here. A few words about our traveling philosophy - On our last trip. I reread Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon and read his more recently published Here, There, Elsewhere: Stories from the Road so I will quote him here: "I'm always trying to memorize the face of America." He advocates getting off the interstates and driving the "blue highways" that are found on road maps. For the past 40 years, we have been doing the same thing and have yet to get tired of watching the landscape of our great country, from mountains to deserts, canyons to mesas, and small towns everywhere. We keep an open mind and are often surprised at what we find when we least expect it.
It has been three months since our last cross country excursion. We enjoyed grandchildren's birthdays, a niece's graduation, and some nice weather in Houston. As soon as various doctors' appointments and medical tests were completed, we packed up our truck and headed east.
We managed to get all the way across Louisiana before stopping for our first geocache of the trip. If you have read our blog posts in the past, you know that we love to visit National Park System sites so we drove to Selma, Alabama and followed the civil rights march route to Montgomery. We also visited Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, site of a battle in 1814 involving Andrew Jackson and warring factions of the Creek Nation.
Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma
Bird Dog Field Trial Capital of the World in Union Springs, AL - this statue is in the middle of the road.
Statue of native son Joe Louis in Chambers County, Alabama where we completed the Alabama 67 County Geocaching Challenge.
After Sunday School and the church service (President and Mrs. Carter sat three pews in front of us), the visitors were allowed to line up for a photo with the Carters. We did not actually meet - no introductions or handshakes - but an honor to stand next to them. This remarkable couple have accomplished so much in the 72 years they have been married. They truly live their Christian faith to help others from tiny Plains, Georgia to countries around the world. One would be hard-pressed to find anyone else who has accomplished so much.
Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm
Brian pretends to sign important papers at the museum
President Carter's Nobel Peace Prize
He has been teaching Sunday School since he was 18 years old at the Naval Academy.
President Carter is an accomplished woodworker, He made the wooden collection plates (note the initials JC by my thumb) and the large cross at the front of the sanctuary. He and his wife are very active church members.
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"Goober's" father (right Kim?) in Plains, GA
After the excitement of Plains and the Carters, we paid a visit to Andersonville National Historic Site and Cemetery just up the road. A very sobering and solemn place. If any place could be said to be haunted, this is it. 33,000 Union prisoners of war were held in a stockade built to hold 10,000 men. Without adequate food, no shelter, and contaminated water, the men died so fast that they were buried shoulder to shoulder and the headstones are very close together. The graves were marked with numbers, but remarkably, a former prisoner was able to smuggle out a list of names and numbers and returned with Clara Barton and each grave was properly marked with a name.
Andersonville National Historic Site and Cemetery
We also visited Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon, Georgia. Archaeologists think this is the oldest continuously occupied site in the U.S. - over 10,000 years of habitation.
Great Temple Mound - Ocmulgee National Monument
Great and Little Temple Mounds
As usual, our geocaching takes us to unusual sites:
Pasaquan near Buena Vista, GA