The distance was 40 miles (45 minutes) according to Google Maps. Our time to meet at the campsite was 3pm.
This was my first time camping with my 'new' friends - but, everyone was wonderful and I think that we all had a great time. The idea was that a group of us gather and camp and rent a boat on Saturday. After arrival, I found out that the boat rental was for 4 hours and the reservation was for 8:30AM. Each person was responsible for providing their own food. I only took items which did not require cooking. I basically took boiled eggs, and items from the refrigerator which needed to be eaten. I freeze a plastic container of water and put it in the cooler with the food. The plastic container is smaller than a milk-carton gallon and the ice usually lasts a couple of days. Since it was so HOT, my cooler only lasted one day, but that was enough for me to consume the food that I brought. I did not take any pictures of the food that I ate on this trip.
On my drive to the lake, I decided to travel north on Highway 41 which is parallel to Interstate 75 because I wanted to see how much it has changed over the years. I don't go in that area much. My GPS priority is set to 'fastest route' and I should have changed it. (Or paid more attention to Google Maps when I looked up the route that I wanted to drive.) At any rate, I made several wrong turns and got lost because the area had changed so much, I didn't recognize any previous landmarks. Anyway, it was a HOT day and maybe not the best time to explore and deal with wrong turns. After not making the original turn off and exploring Smyrna, I didn't find Highway 41 as expected, so I followed the GPS to I75N and drove a few miles. Traffic backed up near Kennesaw and I decided to get off and look again for the route that I wanted to drive. After several more wrong turns and questioning if I should return to I75N, I did find my way and leisurely drove north looking at many new things. I was the second to arrive at the campsite. (Also, after making several wrong turns. Maybe the scenic route that I drove to the campground prepared me for finding the campsite.)
Life always has surprises. On this trip, my battery went dead. OH NO! I had bought a new AM/FM radio a few days before my trip. The old radio didn't have many features and was 14 years old. I went to a radio shop, bought a new radio and they installed it. On the trip, after the battery died, I charged an external battery that came in a kit from Pilot gas-stations. It has ends to connect to car battery terminals and after charging it, I let it stay on the terminals for a while and the external battery charged the van battery back to a state where I was able to crank it and leave on Sunday. On Monday morning, I called a mechanic (who had a good review with wiring problems) and took it there. During the diagnosis, he opened the fuse box under the hood. I had not seen it open before and took a picture. Further diagnosis included that the radio installation was new. He asked me to wait in the office while he looked at the wires. He found a wire that wasn't the right one attached to something and I don't know enough about the harness, but I did hear the word 'ground'. Also, I heard that he fixed it and he was confident in his repair. I was thankful for his excellent work and returned home around lunch.
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