Snowy Range Pass

Snowy Range Pass

Monday, October 16, 2017

Travelers Rest

The Travelers Inn is a designated National Historic site just outside of the city of Toccoa, GA.  We visited the site with our friends Tom and Sally while we were staying with them.  The land that the site sits on originally was Cherokee land that was granted to Major  Jesse Walton in 1785 for his service  in the  Revolutionary War. Three years later he was killed by Indians near there in 1789. The Walton family sold the land to James Rutherford Wyly. He built the house as a stopover for  travelers on the new turnpike going east and west through northern Georgia. 

Devereaux Jarrett bought the house in 1838 and it became the operating center of his 14,000-acre plantation. Jarrett added to the original structure. It had ten rooms available to travelers.  It became a center of information and commerce with growing population of the area .  The preserved structure is a fine example of construction and life style of the period.

This object was in one of the bedrooms with no identification.  We could not be sure what it was. I thought it could be anything from a hat box to port- a- potty. The only ranger on duty had no idea what it could be.

While we were in the area , there was a annual salute to the military in downtown Toccoa.  There were encampments , reenactments and a parade.  We arrived just in time for the parade, which focused mostly on the WWII period.  Some of the bystanders were dressed in period clothes .  There were a number of paratrooper groups in the parade.  Our friend , Tom, said that there was a large training compound just out of town used for paratrooper training.  Reportedly, there are efforts ongoing to create a museum on the grounds of the training area.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Trip interrupted

I have the time to post this blog since yesterday while visiting a coastal GA plantation, Anneke tripped on a hickory nut in the parking lot and fell.  She has a cut and some bruises that will need a few days to feel well enough to travel.

After being home for several months, it was time for another road trip.  First we visited family in Alabama and Georgia, then  we headed to the northeast edge of Georgia to visit friends who live along Lake Hartwell near the South Carolina border. 

On the way northeast in GA,  we camped at Doll Mountain ACOE park.  We have been there several times and the first loop of the park is fairly new with level paved sites with wooded surroundings and views of the lake.  The only drawback to the park is the approach roads and   park roads are very steep.  On this visit the loop was nearly empty and we had a quiet stay.

From there we headed northwest thru Blairsville to Hiawassee.  Here we found a very small campground just out of town, Mountain View RV park, which  recently had new owners take over.  The owner was very friendly, showing us the music hall where campers and others can enjoy concerts seasonally. He also took our picture for their wall of fame  They are still working on some sites and most are fairly short an unpaved. It is not for big rigs that need their space and amenities.  For others, it is a great place to stop. We enjoyed our stop. 

Our route also took us through the town of Helen, GA.  Some decades ago when the town was having funding problems, it made the decision to change the facade of the buildings to an alpine appearance and it was instantly a German style mountain tourist town.  Apparently it was a big success since they are still at it.  We had a good German meal last time through, so we repeated the experience  and enjoyed walking thru the tourists area.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Not all drives are scenic

Leaving Bismarck, we decided to take a “scenic” route to our next stop and that would allow us to see some of the fracking operations and Roosevelt NP.  We ended up on ND 200 which turned out to be at the center of the fracking oil fields that we had heard so much negative news on  some of the cable channels.  About half of our time on ND 200 there was only gravel and huge ruts and grooves caused by the heavy equipment.

After touring T Roosevelt NP, we continued north to Lewis and Clark State Park, ND.  We had to pass thru Williston to get there.  As we neared the town, the roads started to get rough.  Then rougher and as we got thru town and out the other side towards the state park, the roads disappeared into a very ugly construction zone.  You had to contend not only with the construction equipment but also the heavy oil field equipment that had ruined the road in the first place.

We were beginning to understand why some folks are upset.  The heavy trucks, dirt, and construction traffic was destroying the roads, turning the countryside into old fashioned oil rush zone.  There were some beautiful ranches that were completely surrounded by areas that looked like a modern-day gold rush. The roads were so bad that a team from the caravan spent hours on the road searching for a route out of the state park that would avoid most of the hazards.  They did a pretty good job.  We only had about 8 miles of spring busting gravel road to get thru before we found actual pavement.

The pictures are not the best quality as they were shot from a moving (slowly) motorhome over some very rough non-roads.

The state park was very nice with one large loop area we all could park in.  It will be a great place to visit, if the construction process comes to an end.