17 Feb 2015; Recon and Thomasville, GA

Rainy days and Tuesday’s…nope, wrong words to the song.  In any case, it was a rainy day here, and the sound of the rain on the Coach in the morning was awesome, and kept us inside for a good part of the morning.

Once we got our legs under us, we decided to take a recon trip for the best route to get to I-10 West from here to head to Pensacola tomorrow. After we figured that out, we decided to head for Thomasville, GA. We went there a few years ago, but it was on a Sunday and everything was closed, so we vowed we would return someday…and today was the day. Here are a few pictures of the day:

We stopped at the visitors center in town to get the lowdown, and they suggested we first head over to the over 300 year old oak tree in town.  Once you get there, you call a number they provide, and they take a picture of you that you can get off of their web site...for free.  Pretty kewl!

We stopped at the visitors center in town to get the lowdown, and they suggested we first head over to the over 300 year old oak tree in town. Once you get there, you call a number they provide, and they take a picture of you that you can get off of their web site…for free. Pretty kewl!

Our next stop was the museum in town, and what a treat that was.  It was only $5 per person, and a twenty-minute video, followed by a guided tour of the several homes they have on the property from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s:

Terri on the porch of a late 1800's era farmers home that was moved to the museum site.  Interesting in the way these were built for the climate.  No chinking between the logs, as they wanted air to circulate.  They were also built off the ground with high ceilings for air circulation, and the kitchens were built on the back.

Terri on the porch of a late 1800’s era farmers home that was moved to the museum site. Interesting in the way these were built for the climate. No chinking between the logs, as they wanted air to circulate. They were also built off the ground with high ceilings for air circulation, and the kitchens were built on the back.

Another shot of the farmers house.

Another shot of the farmers house.

Plenty of the era type machinery and other items on site. There was a sugar cane boiler as well, that also served to scald hogs, or whatever else was needed.

Plenty of the era type machinery and other items on site. There was a sugar cane boiler as well, that also served to scald hogs, or whatever else was needed.

Thomasville became a very popular place for the Northern folks with wealth to build “cottages” to winter in.  This is funny, as most of the “cottages” are larger than any house we have ever lived in.

This is a house that is identical to the farmers house, but was built for the "city."  It served as a servants house for the estate where the museum now sits.

This is a house that is identical to the farmers house, but was built for the “city.” It served as a servants house for the estate where the museum now sits.

I didn't get a good shot of the "big cottage," but to give you some idea, this is the sporting hpuse, where families that wintered on this property would spend the cold days of winiter.  This was one of the first bowling alleys in the area, and it is still operational.  It doubled as a shooting range, billiards room, and exercise room.

I didn’t get a good shot of the “big cottage,” but to give you some idea, this is the sporting house, where families that wintered on this property would spend the cold days of winter. This was one of the first bowling alleys in the area, and it is still operational. It doubled as a shooting range, billiards room, and exercise room.

The garage on the property has some old buggies for the quail hunts in the area, which are used by some of the hunting plantations in the area for models for hunting buggies they still build and use.  I was more I terested in the early model Fords they had.  One restored, and one fully original, but hasn't been run since the poor lady that opened had her license revoked in the early 50's because she couldn't see the road any longer and had too many accidents...would love to get my hands on that!

The garage on the property has some old buggies for the quail hunts in the area, which are used by some of the hunting plantations in the area for models for hunting buggies they still build and use. I was more interested in the early model Fords they had. One restored, and one fully original, but hasn’t been run since the poor lady that owned it had her license revoked in the early 50’s because she couldn’t see the road any longer and had too many accidents…would love to get my hands on that!

We spent a couple of hours at the museum.  Check it out if you are ever in the area!  After that, we headed to quaint Broad street…brick road with many shops and eateries.  We landed at the Sweet Grass Cheese Shop.  How could a Wisconsonite pass that up!  Was an awesome place with great food and cheese.  All organic, non-GMO, and locally produced.  They have a herd of Jersey’s that are grass-fed and pastured New Zeeland style…look it up.  We ate well, and left with some of their awesome cheese.

Here is a shot of the menu...they change it often.  For those of you that like libations, they have local beers on tap, as well as wine.

Here is a shot of the menu…they change it often. For those of you that like libations, they have local beers on tap, as well as wine.

After we ate, we headed back to Grassy Pond to get the rig ready for the move tomorrow.  After securing a few things, we headed to the little community center if you will, did a puzzle, played some cards, and chatted with another Air Force Vet for an hour or two.

Below are some recent pics of my mom and dad and my Aunt that we visited with last week.  Dumb Ron has to snag other people’s pics, as he forgets to take them sometimes:

Great shot of mom and dad.  Miss you and the card games!

Great shot of mom and dad. Miss you and the card games!

Here is one with Aunt Dorothy...it was great that she was in Leesburg the same time we were!

Here is one with Aunt Dorothy…it was great that she was in Leesburg the same time we were!

Well, that is it for tonight.  We hope to be up early, dried out, and ready to roll by 0900.  The drive to Pensacola is about five hours, as we are taking some side roads rather than going all the way on the interstate.

As always, we hope this finds you happy, healthy and living your dreams!!

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