2018-05-22 to Mt. Pisgah Campground, NC – on the Blue Ridge Parkway (184 miles, 3.5 hour drive from Atlanta)

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2018-05-24_NCMtPisgah,Sign-TheCradleOfForestryOverlook

2018-05-22 I drove from Atlanta to Mt. Pisgah Campground on the Blue Ridge Parkway. (Distance 184 miles and about 3.5 hours without stopping. However, I did stop for some fast-food lunch and a break.) Mount Pisgah is near Canton, NC and the Google address of 408 Blue Ridge Parkway cannot be used with a Garmin GPS. When I first started with Garmin and the address wasn’t found and I knew that the Google address was wrong (or that Garmin depends on street address and the 408 number is the closest parkway mile marker). But, I decided to use Garmin to get near the campground, and then use iPhone maps for the remainder of the distance. I didn’t realize when I started the trip, that my cell phone battery was not charged completely and there could have been a big problem because I depended on it. Fortunately, the battery lasted until I turned into the campground entrance. I planned to stay with 2 women friends for 3 nights, and they arrived about an hour after I did. We had campsites that were very close and they told me that they planned to stay an extra night. Well, I decided that I enjoyed the campground so much, I would stay two extra nights. The rangers at the registration desk indicated that many campsites had been reserved for the upcoming holiday week-end.

One of my friends had bought food for cooking and enjoys food preparation. We had wonderful meals while camping – not the hamburger/hot-dog quick food. My friend who had previously camped in the area knew several hiking trails.

On the first day, we rode about 10 miles South on the Blue Ridge Parkway to a trailhead. We took a short hike and then visited the Mt. Pisgah Inn, giftshop and convenient store. The next day, my friends had seen a hiking trail that started at the campground registration area. I walked with them to the start and I returned back to camp. The following day, we had the same idea – they took a long hike around the area, and I took a short one. Our final night together, there was a larger threat of rain. We had several days of clouds and possibility of rain, but we no ‘real’ rain until my last day. Rather than cook outside and then pack, my friends suggested that we dine at the nearby restaurant, which we did.

When driving home, I decided to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway south to the beginning near Cherokee. It was a beautiful day and at times, I was driving through clouds. Note: Large RV’s cannot drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway because there are several tunnels that are too small for them. I did see an unfortunate RV owner with his RV on the side of the road near a tunnel and he was looking at his driving options. I’m certain that he had to turn around and not attempt going through the tunnel.

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2018-05-20 Lake Lanier Islands – Northeast of Atlanta, about 40 miles and 45 minutes to drive

2018-05-20 Lake Lanier Islands – Northeast of Atlanta, about 40 miles and 45 minutes to drive

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2018-05-20_GALakeLanier,MargaritavilleWaterPark,BigScreen-LottaSound

Lake Lanier is the nearest fresh-water, large lake to Atlanta. The Lake Lanier Ialands area is a luxury resort with camping, horseback riding, boat rentals, golf course, water park, and many other things. The water park used to be called something else, but – it has recently opened as “Margaritaville”. When I heard the name, I thought that a chain-type restaurant had opened with that name and didn’t realize that the name was “Margaritaville Fun Park”. (Basically, upgrade to the resort beach area.) Anyway, the week-end before Memorial Day Holiday week-end was ‘free’ to enter (from an article that I read in a newspaper). There is a guard gate at the resort with a sign that everyone must pay to enter the resort. I stopped and told the guard that I wanted to go to Margaritaville, and was allowed to pass since there was an advertisement that entrance was free for a few days. I have lived in Atlanta 26 years, and think that the only other time that I have visited the resort (in the summer) was about 20 years ago. I went camping with a group and we had a ticket to the beach as part of the camping fee. At that time, the only part of the water-park that I remember  was a concrete sidewalk near the lake beach and a bath house. Also, one rental place for chairs and umbrellas.  The beach area has now been expanded to include much more concrete, more sand, several different types of waterslides, a large screen for video and music, and more food concessions.  On the lake is a boating area and a blow-up water-toy that allows many people to play on. I didn’t have to pay a fee to walk around the area and take pictures. I had on street clothes and no intention of swimming. I’m sure that the area is PACKED on the week-ends. They even have a fee-schedule for people who attend after 4pm.

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I just wanted to look-around the area and have a light lunch at the restaurant. What I thought was a restaurant, is actually called Landshark ‘bar-and-grill’. I ate a chicken salad and piece of key lime pie. Both were very good. By the way, the ‘bar-and-grill’ does NOT have a restroom in the building. There is a nearby bathhouse up the hill or to the right of the entrance, a ‘restroom trailer’ that can be quickly visited.  Interesting place. 

Note: The large screen always has a video playing of something and about every third or fourth song is a Jimmy Buffet one. Also, the music is loud enough to be heard through the whole area. The ‘bar-and-grill’ also play every third or fourth video of a Jimmy Buffet song.  Also, note that I didn’t go under the road and through the tunnel to the other side. There is a large wave-pool and other commercial enterprises there. 

I also drove by the open-portion of the campground and took a couple of pictures. (There was a road with more campsites that had a closed gate across it.) The resort is hilly and campsites are in the woods overlooking the lake. They had electricity, picnic tables and, I presume, water. I did not investigate any bath-houses and did not see any. Maybe the campsites are intended for campers with their own bathrooms.

The weather has been hotter-than-normal so far this year.  On the day that I visited, I believe that the mid-afternoon temperature was around 80 degrees F.  It was hot enough to cause me to travel slow up and down the hills.  Many others were enjoying both the lake and the waterslides. It was definitely not too-cold to start the swimming season at the lake.
I hope that the blog-reader enjoys this post.

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2018-05-05 GA,Gay Cotton Pickin’ Fair (1st week-end of May and Oct)

2018-05-05 Georgia, Gay (about 2 hours drive south of Atlanta, about 80 miles from my house)

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2018-05-05_GAGay,CottonPickinFair_SeniorsOnTheGoTravel (2)

I went to Gay, GA with Seniors-On-the-Go-Tours. The motorcoach bus left Lawrenceville about 8AM and we returned about 6PM.  It was a WONDERFUL Day at the “Fair”.  Gay Georgia is a very small town and the previous owner of a cotton gin processed materials in several buildings. Now, the buildings are not used for business, but the area hosts a twice-a-year “Fair”. There were around 350 vendors and it was great just looking at the booths and creativity. Some of the vendors did not encourage pictures of their wares, so I honor their creativity and won’t post them. The day was cool in the morning, and there were high clouds and a slight occasional breeze with rain in the next-day forecast. There were many spectators there and many choices of food available.  I listened to a bluegrass band for a while and stayed to enjoy the “Sharpsburg Line Dancers”.  Everything there was ‘rustic rural Georgia’.   (Mouse click on any picture to make it larger and then scroll left-or-right in  the middle left-or-right using the arrows to view more images. Use the right ‘x’ at the top right to quit the gallery viewing, or the <Esc> ‘Escape’ key on the top right of the keyboard.)

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