"Well, that's another nice mess you've gotten me into!"
Sunday evening we said goodbye to our grandson and family. This is always a bit difficult for us, as we know that we will not see them for at least three or four months, at best. The plan was to get underway Monday morning and head south and east. We awoke to heavy rain with a forecast of more to come. Since we were about to start one of our least favorite drives- that is to say around Atlanta, we would normally just stay a day or two longer for better weather. However, this time that would be more difficult because we had decided to make advanced reservations due to all the snowbirds heading south. So after dragging our feet for awhile waiting for a let up in the downpour, we finally launched into the rain and traffic.
We arrived at our destination of Petersburg ACOE campground northeast of Augusta, GA on the J. Strom Thurmond Lake. They have limited sites that can hold a large RV. It was a tight squeeze into our spot with all the trees and sharp turns, but the view and spacious outside space was worth the effort. In this type of campground, a campfire is certainly part of the experience. So many places now do not allow campfires that when you get a chance to have one; you need to take advantage of it. Even Halley, who has shown a marked dislike of campfires, settled into a comfy spot to enjoy our fire here.
Our first outing was to Harlem, GA to visit the Laurel and Hardy museum. This was Hardy’s birth town and a cousin and former major of the town started the process of honoring this comic fair with an annual festival which drew over 40,000 folks this year. In the past few years, they have established a small museum located in the former town post office. While the place is quite small, the curator is very enthusiastic and gave a tour of the one room space and provided an interesting history of the pair. Then if you are so inclined, you are invited into the old mail sorting room to watch some of their movies. On departing you get a visit button and an informative booklet. It may not be for everyone, but we enjoyed it.