Saturday, September 26, 2015

9/25/15 - Houston, TX

We woke up at 5:45 and left Breaux Bridge heading to Houston.  We got to mom’s house around 11:30 and dropped off the Casita.  We unloaded it and put everything in the Silverado.  We got home around 12:30 and unloaded some of the stuff and put it inside the house.  Jim took me to the hospital to be with mother and then he came home and finished unloading the truck.  I stayed with mom till 5:00 and Jim came back to get me. 

Some trip statistics:

Miles driven  - 12,304
Number of days traveled - 109
National sites visited  -  93
Breweries visited  -  109
Diners Drive-ins and Dives visited  - 6
Amount spent on camp sites -  $2,094.00 (average of $19.21 per night)
Amount spent on gas - $1,937.82
Pictures taken - 11,084


Addendum: On 9/26/15 mom was released from the hospital and was taken back to the nursing home by ambulance.

9/24/15 - Breaux Bridge, LA

We washed three loads of clothes this morning.  The nursing home called me and said mom dropped her glasses and bent over in her wheelchair to pick them up off the floor and she fell out and hit her head.  They had called 911 to have an ambulance take her to the hospital across the street to get her checked out.  I called my brother to see if he wanted to go meet her there.  He was at a doctor appointment next door to the hospital so he went over to be with her when he finished.  He called and said they were going to do a cat scan to make sure she didn’t fracture any facial bones and check out her neck.  After it was done he called me to say she had some bleeding in her head (subdural hematoma) and they were sending mom by Life Flight to Hermann Hospital in Houston.  Jim and I hooked up and then left camp.  We drove from Trenton, Georgia through Alabama and Mississippi and stopped in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana at the Walmart to get a little sleep.  We arrived at midnight and after having a sandwich and yogurt, we went to sleep at 1 am.  Jim drove 671 miles today.

9/23/15 - Trenton, GA

Jim made pancakes for breakfast and then we hiked the west rim trail around Cloudland Canyon.  The trail was about 4 miles and it took us 3 hours.  We took a picnic lunch with us and found a rock to sit on overlooking the valley.

Friday, September 25, 2015

9/22/15 - Trenton, GA

This morning we drove to Little River Canyon National Preserve in Alabama.  We watched the movie at the visitor center and then drove to part of the park.  The first stop was at Little River Falls.  Then we went to Martha’s Falls.  There hasn't been much rain up here this summer so the falls are kind of a trickle.  The trail to Little River Falls was handicap accessible and very easy but the trail to Martha’s Falls was steep and boulder strewn.  We found some strange but colorful seed pods along the trail.  We drove along the canyon road for a little way and then drove to Russell Cave National Monument also in Alabama.  This cave was used for shelter by Indians for thousands of years.  I cooked fish and used the last of the leftovers from the Marietta Diner with it (rice pilaf).

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

9/21/15 - Trenton, GA

I fried bacon this morning -- there is nothing like the smell of cooking bacon when you are camping.  I used it to make breakfast burritos for our breakfast.  Jim decided we needed to spend a couple of more days here.  We already paid for two so Jim went to the office and paid for two more.  There is a chance of rain today and it is very overcast.  Instead of hiking into the canyon today we decided to go to Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.  This park preserves the sites of two major battles of the Civil War, the Battle of Chickamauga and the Chattanooga Campaign.  When we arrived at the park there were lots of school children and adults there on an outing.  Thankfully they had already seen the movie so we didn’t have all the noise when we watched it.  

After watching the movie we went through the exhibits.  They had a really nice collection of historical rifles.  We drove the roads in the Chickamauga battlefield and looked at all of the monuments.  Then we drove to the Chattanooga section.  It is on Lookout Mountain and it has a marvelous view of the city of Chattanooga and the surrounding area.  This same mountain top also has "Rock City", a tourist attraction that used to be advertised on hundreds of signs painted on the sides of barns throughout the U.S.  Then we drove into Chattanooga to Chattanooga Brewing, Terminal Brewing and Big River Grill and Brewing.  We also went by the Chattanooga Choo Choo.  This is a hotel in the old 1908 Terminal train station.  The 1941 song Chattanooga Choo Choo by the Glenn Miller Orchestra was the first gold record, selling 1.2 million records.

9/20/15 - Trenton, GA

Today we drove to a new camp at Cloudland Canyon State Park near Trenton, Georgia.  After setting up camp Jim watched the Cowboy game and I sat outside and read the Chattanooga Sunday paper.  Later in the evening we went to the overlook of the canyon in the park.  We had some of the leftovers from the Marietta Diner tonight for supper.   There is another Casita and a Scamp here in camp.  The couple who own the Casita have the last name of Cox, my maiden name.

Monday, September 21, 2015

9/19/15 - Acworth, GA

This morning we needed to get an early start to see the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park because we will have to move today since the campsites are fully reserved for the night.  When we arrived at the battlefield, it was a zoo.  The parking was full and people were having to park in the overflow lot.  Jim dropped me off to get some information and he found a spot to park while I was in the visitor center.  The ranger told us this park had twice as many visitors as Gettysburg Battlefield and was the most visited Civil War battlefield.  There is a lot of hiking here and on the weekends you can’t drive your own car up to the top of the mountain -- you have to take a shuttle bus.  We took the bus up and then walked back down to the visitor center where we then watched a movie about the battle.  We left after the movie because we had to be out of our site by 3 pm.  We briefly walked through the small museum but the displays were so dimly lit that it was difficult to read the descriptions.  This seems to be typical in museums nowadays.  It's not like they had the Declaration of Independence which needs protection from light. 

Jim stopped at the campground office to see if anyone had cancelled their reservation for tonight and found out the site we were already in was available.  I think the people who were working the office on Thursday when we checked in didn’t know what they were doing when they told us our site was only available for two nights.  Since we didn’t have to move Jim wanted to go back into Marietta to Red Hare Brewing.  After sharing a taster we left and drove by the Marietta National Cemetery.  This contains the graves of over 10,000 Union soldiers from the Civil War.  Then Jim bought our supper at Marietta Diner – a DDD place.  They gave us so much food we had to take half of it home.  It didn't help that we had an appetizer, bread, soup, and salad before the main course.  Tomorrow we will have leftovers for supper.  After dinner we drove to Woodstock to Reclamation Brewing and then back to camp.  There are only tent campers around us now and their campfires are choking so we watched TV inside the trailer with the air conditioner on.  Jim also wanted to watch the UT game against California.  Unfortunately Texas lost by one point because of a flubbed extra point.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

9/18/15 - Acworth, GA

This morning we went to Cabela’s and asked them if we could spend Saturday night in their parking lot.  They said we could.  We will still ask if anyone has cancelled their reservation in the COE park on Saturday morning.  Jim drove us into Atlanta and we went to Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.  This park includes a museum, King's boyhood home, and his tomb and eternal flame.  The home sits on a block with several shotgun houses that the National Park system has purchased.  We went into the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church where he was baptized and was a preacher.  His funeral was held here and his mother was shot and killed a few years later while playing the organ at a church service.   

Then we went through the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.  After leaving it, we went to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.  We hiked a short trail that led to the river.  On the way back to camp, we stopped at Kroger for a few things.  Camp is really crowded tonight.  The campground is full and it has 150 camping sites.  All the sites around us have tent campers in them.  Lots of noisy people outside with lots of campfires, kids and dogs. After supper we went for a walk and then watched some TV.  Jim called his sister -- her dog died.

9/17/15 - Acworth, GA

We left Asheville, North Carolina today and drove through part of South Carolina and got a site in Georgia.  Allatoona Lake is a Corps of Engineers park a little north of Atlanta.  We paid for a site for Thursday and Friday but they are booked up for Saturday.  We will have to find somewhere else.  It took about 5 hours to drive here so we didn’t have much time to see anything today.  We drove a few miles away to Burnt Hickory Brewing in Kennesaw.  Then we went to a VFW post.

9/16/15 - Asheville, NC

After breakfast we drove to Flat Rock and toured the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site.  He bought this house and farm in 1945 and lived there until he died in 1967.  His wife had a goat herd there and she bred prize winning goats and sold goat milk.  Descendants of her goats are still on the farm.  We went on a tour of the house.  It was being refurbished and many of the contents were boxed up.  Then we walked around the downtown main street of Hendersonville.  This cute little town had shops like Fredericksburg, Texas.  On the street corners were decorated bear statues.  Jim went in a thrift store and bought a South Carolina map atlas and a music CD and I bought three adult coloring books and some colored pencils.  Then we drove to Southern Appalachian Brewing.  While we were there, Jim updated the blog using their wi-fi.