2012-06-11 From Atlanta, GA to Tybee Island, GA – then to St. Simon’s Island and Jekyll Island (both in GA)

2012-06-11 Monday – From Atlanta, GA to Tybee Island, GA (The drive takes about four hours. However, due to large thunderstorms most of the way, it took me about five hours.)

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My niece, Addie, graduated from Savannah Arts Academy  High School on Tuesday, June 12. I packed on Monday morning and drove to Tybee Island on Monday afternoon. I spent the night in my younger brothers (and his wife and family) house driveway in Vanna White. (It was about 80 degrees F and a little hot – but, I have a small fan that I use through the night.)

On Tuesday, June 12, the graduation ceremony was at the Savannah Civic Center at 2pm. We dressed and left Tybee about 12noon. Addie left about 11am in order to get there for a walk-through. Nancy, her Mom, took a picture of her on the house front porch and posted on Facebook that she would be carrying a package of tissues to help with getting her through the ceremony. My younger brother, Clark, went to work in the early morning and came to the Civic Center in time to meet-up with the graduation group. Nancy, Susan (her sister) and I saved seats for him and his company secretary, Linda (who is like a member of the family since she has worked for him so long). Chance, her brother, and Laina, his girlfriend also helped us save seats. In addition to the Hughes family, the King family – friends for Many, Many years came = Patti, Megan and Landon. We had quite a group and the school allowed each graduate a certain number of tickets to the ceremony so that the venue wouldn’t be too full.

The ceremony lasted about an hour and each candidate walked across the stage to receive their diploma, have a school official move their cap tassle to the other side and then shake hands with the administrators. After they walked off the stage and down three stairs, a photographer took an individual picture of them with their diploma in front of their gown. All of them beamed with happiness and accomplishment for their pictures. After the ceremony, Addie’s friend, Ashley and her family and our group went to a nearby restaurant and celebrated in a side, dining room. On Wednesday morning, I drove from Tybee to St. Simons Island – a couple of hours drive away. I had plenty of time and used the GPS to take a scenic route. At St. Simons, I had lunch at a restaurant at the marina and rode around. I hadn’t been there before and my older son, Joe is engaged to be married there on November 17. I had looked at the wedding venue using Google maps, but – I wanted to understand the island and where we could sponsor the wedding rehersal dinner. I took many pictures and walked down the main shopping area. I decided that I didn’t want to stay on the island overnight as I couldn’t find a campground. I programmed the GPS for a campground and found one several miles away – off the island. I was driving on the causeway and saw a sign for the Jekyll Island State Park campground. I re-programmed the GPS and registered there for the night. On Thursday morning, I rode around Jekyll Island because I had never been there either. I was surprised that it wasn’t as developed for motels and restaurants as other barrier islands. The south beach is completely uninhabited. There were bicycle trails and a walking trail through the brush. I was also surprised to see a Water Park on the south marsh side of the island. I nice 4H camp was on the southern tip and there were several school buses in the compound, as would be expected during the summer with students there. I decided to return to Atlanta and as I drove, I was a little drowsy, so – I saw a billboard advertisement for an RV park on the interstate. I decided to stop, spend the night, and drive scenic roads back to Atlanta tomorrow. Before the exit, there were MANY signs for peaches and several of them noted that Bread and Fritters were for sale. After I checked-in at Harmony RV Park, I drove back to the exit and found the fruit-stand where the Peaches, Bread and Fritters were for sale. I bought a fritter for supper and ate the bread the next day. I didn’t notice the label until after I returned to the campground. The bread and fritter were from Tiger, GA. If you read my previous trip to the National MG Car Show in Dillard, GA – the MG show attendees went to a drive-in movie in Tiger, GA on Thursday night. S-o-o-o = what the label tells me is that the peaches were made into bread and fritters near the mountains of Georgia and shipped to the southern area for sale. I found it quite unusual for the items to have to travel so far to be consumed.

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((My Dad has a nickname for me and it is “Puddin”. He started calling me that when I was very young. I named my van, “Vanna White”. When I decided to start a blog, I wanted a unique name for my travels and the names “Puddin” and “Vanna White” came to mind.))

2012-06-07 to 2012-06-09 – Trip from Atlanta to Dillard, GA = The National MG Car Show

2012-06-07 Thursday – Drive from Atlanta to Dillard, GA where the National MG Car Show was in-process.

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Dillard is near the Georgia mountains and is located in a very pretty valley. The car show location was the Dillard House Restaurant and Conference Center. I’m a member of the local MG car club, called Peachtree MG, and members were asked to help with the many jobs that would make the car show successful. My volunteer job was to help with registration in the conference center. I tried to help as much with the process as I could, but – many people had pre-registered and before the show, Patti – the head of the registration area, had created white-envelope packets with the show materials and name-badge. Therefore, the job of the conference consisted of creating an on-site name-badge and car registration for those who had not pre-registered. In addition to the registration table, there was a table that had items for sale, such as shirts, glasses, magnets, etc. <Note: I bought both a MG magnet and 4 beer glasses – except I drink iced tea in my glasses.>

I helped with registration Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning. After the close of the table area on Thursday, I drove around the area and found Blackrock Mountain State Park for camping. (It was about 10 miles south of Dillard.) The road to the campground was very steep and curvey – but, only lasted for three miles. I was amazed to see a truck with a fifth-wheel camper drive into camp. On Thursday night, people in the MG show who wanted to see an outdoor movie could attend the Tiger, GA (about 10 miles away) drive-in. I drove the van and parked in the back row so that I wouldn’t be in the view of anyone wanting to see the screen. I had a hot dog that was pretty good – but the line at the concession stand was very long and slow. The movie was “Men in Black 3” and it was pretty good. There are NO window attached speakers these days – you were able to listen to the movie sound by tuning to an FM station that the drive-in broadcast on. The weather was beautiful and the bugs didn’t bother me too much. A wonderful night. I told the host of the campground that I would be returning late. She told me that I would have to enter a code on the gate. Fortunately, the gate wasn’t closed so I didn’t have to enter the code.

On Friday, an expert MG mechanic from the Chicago area helped owners with their gremlins on the show field in what was termed a ‘rolling tech session’. His name is John Twist and he owns University Motors. He has many YouTube.com videos of how to fix many arcane progblems with MG’s and British cars. I HAD to go see him in person, because I’ve really enjoyed learning about the car with his YouTube.com videos. I wish that I could have spent more time ‘learning’ more of what he shared with others. On Friday night, there was a MG show BBQ catered supper in the conference hall. It was a buffet and it would be more food that I wanted – so, I asked someone at the show about a nearby restaurant and they told me to turn right and go a mile into Dillard – and, there was a good BBQ place on the right. I found it without any trouble and they were right – the BBQ was excellent. On Saturday morning, cars lined up near the show field for their pictures at 8am. The show started at 9am and ended at 2pm. Registration opened at 8am and closed at 12noon. There was a ballot box for the ‘most popular’ car – and judges made decisions on each of the classes. The show results were to be announced at the banquet that night – but, I had some plans in Atlanta and returned home by 5pm. (It was about a two-hour drive from my house.)

<Note: My Dad was a car dealer (the nickname that he calls me is “Puddin”) and my older brother took over the dealership when he retired. Now, my brother is retired and many years ago, he traded in an MGB and drove it for about 15 years. After retiring, he wanted to restore a 1941 Willys Jeep and after I pestered him about the MG, i.e. Where is it? Have you driven it lately? Is it still working? – I was the only person interested in it. He knew that in Atlanta, I could find mechanics to help me keep it driving – SO – he *GAVE* it to me! My MGB is a 1971 Chrome Bumper – but is NOT a show car.The BEST picture of an MG is saved for the last.  Be sure to notice the really great tires!>

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