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Georgia Road Trip

 

Georgia, U.S.A. (7/28/2014)-I took a break from the hectic world of radio to kick back in the Peach State. Georgia has the best of both worlds with a seacoast and mountains.

We started off with a visit to coastal Darien. The little town is located right off the Atlantic along the Darien River. Tattoo Lady and the Old Man are semi-regulars at Skipper's Fish Camp. The shrimp comes right off the boat. The beer is cold, too.

I decided we'd visit nearby Fort King George. It's an old British fort that we'd managed to miss on other quick trips for seafood.  This time we had the extra hours to get a good look at fort. It's worth the stop.

We decided to take the road less traveled from the coast to head up to the Georgia mountains. We took U.S. 25 up to Augusta. After a stop at Augusta Harley, we crossed the river into South Carolina. Next stop was Timms H.D. in Anderson, S.C.

The folks in Timms' service Department set me up with a good scenic road up to the mountains. We hit some rain on that curvy road, but we made it through okay. We did see a semi rig that failed to negotiate a curve and ended up crashed into the woods.

We decided we'd get some good food and a room at The Dillard House in Dillard, Ga. The place sits atop a mountain and serves food family style. Good food and a good rest! For folks planning a longer stay, they also have a stable full of horses.

From Dillard we made a nice visit to Hillside Orchard in the mountains. We picked up some good old peach preserves and more. We ended up having a breakfast of homemade donuts and apple cider at Hillside.

Next stop was in Helen. The town was rebuilt into an alpine village after years as a lumber milling town. It's kind of a tourist place these days. Pretend you are in the Alps and have some German food.

On the way out of the mountains we made a quick stop in Cleveland. The Georgia town is home to Babyland General Hospital. That's where the Cabbage Patch Kids are born. We stopped there once when my daughter was young. It has moved from that small house to a gigantic place on the outskirts of Cleveland. Click Here To See My Photos

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