2015-05-25 Elberton, GA – The Georgia Guidestones

2015-05-25 Elberton,GA – Guidestones Road (Note: My Garmin GPS couldn’t find the address.)

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The Georgia Public Broadcasting television station produced a show on “The Georgia Traveler” program called ‘The Georgia Guidestones’. The guidestones were commissioned by an anonymous benefactor and are maintained by an Elberton group. They contain a message to mankind as viewed by the person who commissioned their creation. The message is:

1. MAINTAIN HUMANITY UNDER 500,000,000 IN PERPETUAL BALANCE WITH NATURE

2. GUIDE REPRODUCTION WISELY – IMPROVING FITNESS AND DIVERSITY

3. UNITE HUMANITY WITH A LIVING NEW LANGUAGE

4. RULE PASSION – FAITH – TRADITION – AND ALL THINGS WITH TEMPERED REASON

5. PROTECT PEOPLE AND NATIONS WITH FAIR LAWS AND JUST COURTS

6. LET ALL NATIONS RULE INTERNALLY RESOLVING EXTERNAL DISPUTES IN A WORLD COURT
7. AVOID PETTY LAWS AND USELESS OFFICIALS

8. BALANCE PERSONAL RIGHTS WITH SOCIAL DUTIES

9. PRIZE TRUTH – BEAUTY – LOVE- SEEKING HARMONY WITH THE INFINITE

10. BE NOT A CANCER ON THE EARTH – LEAVE ROOM FOR NATURE – LEAVE ROOM FOR NATURE

The message is engraved in several languages.

I knew that the guidestones were near Elberton and I had wanted to visit them since seeing the tv-show a long time ago. I tried to program my Garmin GPS device to search for the attraction – Georgia Guidestones, but it was not in the database and the location could not be found. So – fortunately, I had another option: I got an Apple iPhone last October and had not used the Google map feature before now. I was Very Happy to have it on this occasion because without it, I would have to stop and ask someone for directions. Yeah technology!  This was the first time that I used the Google app because it is necessary to keep the phone ‘on’ and nearby so that the screen can be viewed. If I use the Garmin GPS, it is always open and viewable on the dashboard without constant tapping on the screen. (I think that keeping the iPhone device ‘on’ is a driver distraction.) Anyway, I had used the Garmin to guide me to Elberton, and then from Elberton, the “Georgia Guidestones” were only an 8 mile drive. (I didn’t realize until I reached the location that the road is called “Guidestone Road”.)
I visited on Memorial Day and there were other visitors on the site. I really enjoyed my visit and hope that web-blog readers enjoy the pictures posted.

(I would like to take this opportunity to expound on my personal “Pet Peeve” – that is, irresponsible cigarette smokers who leave cigarette-butts on the ground. For some reason, they think that other people are responsible for picking up their trash! Note the cigarette butts in the last two pictures.)

Website: TheGeorgiaGuidestones.comLet these be guidestones to an age of reason.”


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2015-05-22 from Atlanta,GA to Elijah Clark SP, Lincolnton,GA (152 miles)

2015-05-22 from Atlanta,GA to Elijah Clark State Park, Lincolnton,GA

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I joined an Atlanta group for camping at Elijah Clark State Park on the Memorial Day week-end.

Elijah Clark was a revolutionary war soldier who settled his family near the rebuilt log cabins. His actual cabin is now under the lake. He had many children and a park guide told the group about his life and about living during that period.

Traffic leaving Atlanta was heavy and the drive to the pioneer area camping location was uneventful. Our group leader had done an outstanding job of giving the group explicit information on the camping experience and directions. My Garmin GPS was very helpful in finding the campground. A sign at the entrance to the campground indicated that all of the available campsites were taken for the week-end. In Atlanta, the radio stations advise listeners to make reservations for camping in state parks using either the website or a telephone number.

The pioneer camping area is primarily for those who have tents, but – our trip leader said that my van was not large like regular RV’s and wouldn’t have a problem parking in the nearby lot. The lake was beautiful and the weather was great – we had rain before and after the week-end.
We had 17 campers – and – as usual, everyone had ‘different’ schedules. I had previously camped with many members. Since Atlanta is not far, some members came for the whole outing and others were there for a shorter period. We had 2 members bring their motorboats and they gave rides to others in the group. Also, several members brought their kayaks and some of them paddled across the lake to SC – to visit the campground there. Our group leader is an avid hiker and lead hikers around the campground on Saturday for a 4-mile hike. The next day, a bunch of hikers drove to a trail in SC and hiked 9-miles. Also, we had a member who brought a canoe and took short trips near the shoreline to avoid the wind in the middle of the lake. Many people went swimming, but I was told that the water was cold – and, I don’t like cold, so I didn’t swim.
We had a ‘camp-cook’ who had co-ordinated with the outing-leader for the menu. Each member was polled as to the food-items they would contribute. For my participation, I stopped at a nearby grocery store in Atlanta before leaving and bought 3-pounds of yellow squash, 3-pounds of zucchini squash, a bag of parsnips, and a bag of cookies. Members were told the time of breakfast and dinner – and lunch was ‘on-your-own’. We had great meals and I helped make a salad using the vegetables that I had brought. (By the way, it was a ‘raw’ vegetable salad – and one of the members only ate ‘cooked vegetables’, so they put some of the raw into a pot and boiled the vegetables.) In addition to each camper bringing food-to-share, everyone was assigned – ‘helper jobs’. (After being asked what they would prefer to do.) Before leaving home, I had volunteered to help clean-up after meals and I packed my thick, yellow, rubber-gloves. I washed the dishes used in cooking after a couple of the meals. To reduce the amount of dishes needing to be washed, we ate on paper plates using plastic utensils. (BUT – of course, this increases the amount of garbage! Fortunately, the state park had a large trash container near our area.) For meals, each member was asked to bring their own drink and cup. (Note: State Park rules do not allow adult beverages in public areas. However, we were in a private area with only adults and were allowed to ‘do what adults do’ in their private space.)

One last note: there was one dog in the group who went kayaking and motorboating. (This group has no objections to members bringing pets. One member stated that they didn’t know that they could bring pets and indicated that they will probably bring their pet on the next trip. I have to add that in another group which I camped with, NO PETS were allowed. I was told that a previously, ‘friendly’ dog had bitten someone and that person had sued the group. Apparently, in order to avoid future problems, the group management had a ‘rule’ approved by the board to not allow any pets on trips.) By the way, I have to add that the dog was not kept on a leash while there. (I’m not sure what the park rule is for dogs). Also, I’m not sure if the dog-poop was ‘curbed’ (or picked-up) by the owners. (This is another of my ‘pet-peeves’ – I think that all dog owners should have to pick up their dog-poop. I have read in the Atlanta newspapers that there is now a “service” which is hired by many apartments to pick up dog-poop from their area. The owners are not doing it. I also read that some apartments are requiring dog-owners to pay a heavy apartment deposit fee and submit a pet-tissue sample for future reference. The apartment has a rule that owners must ‘curb-their-dog’ and keep them on a leash. If the ‘service’ finds a deposit on the ground, they have it analyzed and the results are used to find the owner and charge them a heafty fee.)
One final note about another of my ‘pet-peeves’. I particularly object to the fact that many cigarette smokers throw their butts on the ground. I didn’t find any such debris on the ground at the state park. Maybe things are changing and with less people smoking cigarettes, the ‘butt-trash’ issue is being decreased.

Hope that you enjoy the pictures.


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2015-04-02 to 04-09 – From Atlanta, GA to Stevenson, AL (about a 2.5 hour drive)

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I belong to a Yahoo group who camp. Some are experienced campers and some are new. The idea is that our hosts for the spring and fall, decide on a date and a place. In the past, the camping spots have been in north GA, near the GA/TN line, and this time was just south of Chattanooga in Alabama. Also, the camping spots are free. The camphosts post the information on SE_GTG (SE for SouthEast and GTG for Get-ToGether) and everyone gets an email of the event. The event was posted for 3/28-4/11. I arrived “in the middle time-frame” for the gathering. Campers usually don’t stay for the whole event – schedules vary.
During the time that we camped, the leaves of the spring folliage was a time of real growth. I really enjoyed the sunshine and green grass of the field. The beginning temperature was ‘chilly’ and the ending temperature was trending to ‘very warm’. We had a bad thunderstorm one-night, there was a tornado watch. We learned the next morning that a tornado passed us a few miles south of camp. We were parked in a field next to the Tennessee River. After the rain, the field turned to mud and there were several campers who needed to be pulled-out of their parking spots. We saw many boats and several barges with cargo traveling south on the river. We had some campers who had kayaks and who paddled around the island in the middle of the river. Fisherman were almost always present on the bank of the river and the local people were helpful if we needed anything. One day, there were workers who drove machinary to trim the bushes on the road and cut the grass in the field. (I regret not getting a picture of them.) We had several campers who biked around the roads on the area. The sandy road from the bridge pavement road to the field was rutty, but the travel length was only a little more than a mile.
On Easter Sunday, I think that we had around 15 people camped and eating a great meal. (Ham, Green Beans, Sweet Potatoes) Tricia and Les lived in the area and helped scout the camping location. They also provided us with cut firewood, some food and water, and other items to help with the camping. In addition to the Easter meal, there were several others due to campers who liked to cook. Rita picked wild onions and was able to obtain fish from the fishermen who enjoyed the challenge of catching a fish. We had a great meal of striped bass, carrots and wild onions, and a salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, wild onion tender tops, and dressing of oil and vinegar. Dan added some hush puppies and we ate near sunset. It was delicious! Also, Dan cooked several meals for us.

I returned home after gaining weight and having a lot of fun. Thanks everyone for all the good-times and great-food!

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2014-01-06 to 2015-02-22 My “Snowbird” trip to San Felipe,MX (on Baja Peninsula)

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On January, 6 2015, I drove to Quartzsite, AZ. It takes several days of driving and I arrived with a gathering of other ‘van people’ who were eating a chili supper.  I was glad to see several people who I had met last year and enjoy the meal. The start of the RTR(Rubber Tramp Rendevous) was posted on the website, CheapRVLiving as January 6. So, I was several days late and the group had already gathered for the chili supper. The length of the rally was until January 20 – two weeks. The BLM(Bureau of Land Management) issues a free parking permit for the desert which is good for two weeks. Since I posted pictures of the RTR last January and my wordpress space is limited, I will not post pictures of the gathering for this year.
An attendee, CB, suggested that – after the RTR ended, a group caravan to Mexico. At a meeting, someone suggested going to San Felipe on the Baja Peninsula. It was about 180 miles, a 4 hour drive, and many Americans and Canadians stayed-for-the-winter there. We began researching the requirements for travel in Mexico and decided to gather and leave from Yuma on January 23. I decided to join the group on the trip. Before leaving the US, I needed insurance and I called my US company. They did not provide insurance in Mexico. Another traveler suggested a company and stated that they had gotten insurance by going to the library and signing-up on a website. I decided to follow-their-suggestion and went to the Yuma library to use the computer and printer. Their process for use and access was very good and I was able to get what I needed in a few minutes. On the trip, as usual, I took many pictures. I have to apologize for the pictures not being perfect, but I wanted the reader to know that many of them were taken as I drove and the view through the windshield is apparent. The reason for posting a non-perfect picture is that I wanted others to know what I saw – what the houses, road, signs, etc. looked like. Even if the pictures are not ‘professional quality’, they show the essence of the view.

There were 5 of us in the group in the beginning, and 4 of us as a group decided to return on January 31. We decided to return to the US through the entry at Mexicali. (Note: The last person returned a week later. About Mexicali Return: The wait in line was 2.5 hours – which is typical. We didn’t realize that, or at least I didn’t realize the issue with long wait time when we decided to return that way. What I was thinking when we looked at the map included that I thought that the roads were better and the shortest mileage return to the USA was through Mexicali.)

When we first arrived in San Felipe, the Baja race was the next day and we couldn’t find a campground that had empty spots to park. We stayed in the parking area of a sports arena. After the race, the campground on the ocean front was available, so we moved. We were able to walk from the campground to downtown. Several of us enjoyed going to the local restaurants for lunch and wi-fi. The weather was beautiful and we had a great time.
After returning to the USA from San Felipe, I went to Los Algodones and had my teeth cleaned. Then I drove to Ehrenberg,AZ through Blythe,CA and stayed there until February 22. We had many people who attended the RTR to stay in Ehrenberg. I stayed in the same place last year after the RTR. This is also BLM and free parking, but the government does not require registration and is not as attentive to the 2-week stay rule. I did not include any pictures from Ehrenberg since I posted many from this location last year.
I really like the southwest Arizona desert area for the winter. Last year, the temperature required us to wear jackets most of the time. It gets cold at night and in the morning in Quartzsite, several times I used my propane heater to get warm. This year, the temperature was a little warmer and we would be chilly at night. During the mid-afternoon, we would wear short-sleeved shirts. The blue sky and sunshine was WONDERFUL! The black sky at night allowed us to see many stars and the lights of Blythe on the horizon. There were many colorful sunsets. However, I must note that sometimes the desert can get windy.
I camped with the group who had moved from the Quartzsite RTR and I knew many people. Most of the time, we would eat meals on-our-own. However, Lesa, would often cook and invite others to her camp for her latest pot-of-stew. One day, she asked a friend who was going to a local grocery store to bring her back some ‘bones’. She used the bones to make the most delicious French-onion-soup that I’ve ever had. She uses cast iron pots and wood to cook and she has been doing it for a long time. She knows exactly how much wood to use for cooking her soups and/or bread. I need to take more lessons from her.

Notes: Many thanks to CB for suggesting and organizing the trip to San Felipe.

(1) If you have a cellphone and plan to travel away from the U.S.A., be sure to remember to turn the cellphone “OFF” at the border, -or- turn smartphones to “Airplane Mode” (i.e., do not search for cell service) at the  border.

(2)When we crossed the border into Mexico, we stopped at their “Tourist Center” and obtained a visa. We showed the agent our passport and driver’s license and paid $24 U.S.$-cash-only (and no-change-available) for the visa. Note: This visa was handed to the border control gate guard at re-entry. He checked something on a computer with it.

(3) The day before crossing the Mexican border, I called my U.S.A. vehicle insurance company. They did not offer insurance for Mexico, so I went to the library in Yuma to use the internet and buy insurance from a Mexican company using a charge card and printing out the policy. (A co-traveller had suggested the company name that I used and had visited the library in order to get a print-out. I followed the lead.) My insurance cost was about $14/day.

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2014-11-22 Here is a link to an interesting video that I enjoyed.

I hope that you enjoy it also.

Last year, I drove to Quartzsite,AZ in January and returned back to Atlanta in mid-February. I avoided most of the dreaded, dreary winter and spring was just around the corner when I returned. I LOVED the sunny sky that was there most of the time. There was some wind and it was ‘cool = light jacket” weather while I was there. I met Bob Wells, who is at the start of the video and Randy, the poet wearing an Hawaiian shirt. This video was made several years ago because Bob now has a van instead of a truck. I enjoyed it and hope that you do too.

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My travel blog is: http://www.PuddinInVannaWhite.wordpress.com

 

No pictures on this post. Just the link to the video.

2014-10-07 to 2014-10-13 from Minneapolis,MN to Chicago,IL

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The drive from Minneapolis to Chicago was about 8 hours long with many tolls and slowdowns due to road construction. That highway will be great when the construction is completed. It was not a bad drive and the Garmin GPS was wonderful. I visited my younger son and his girlfriend and we had a wonderful time. There was an ‘incident’ that I will write about in-detail at the end -because- it happened at the end of the trip. On 10/6, Monday, I entered the technological mobile world, i.e., my son gave me his old iPhone. From this day, all of the pictures were taken with an iPhone 5.
On my first day in Chicago, my son needed some groceries and I went with him to the store. The one that we visite me reminded me of the ones in Atlanta – that is ,they have large selections and much variety. He stocked his kitchen with many goodies for the next several days of my visit. The next day, my son and I shopped at a local retail store and ate brunch at a local hangout called “Manny’s Coffee Shop”. During the whole trip, I took many pictures.
My son and I also visited the Willis Tower observation deck. We watched a video at the bottom containing information about the building. It used to be called the Sears Tower. We rode an elevator to the top with many other tourists. The day was beautiful and clear and there wasn’t a large crowd. We enjoyed identifying many of the buildings below. After leaving the tower, we walked around the area to a water taxi. We considered taking the sight-seeing tour, but decided that a ride in the water taxi was sufficient for the tourist travel of the day. It was very enjoyable. Parking in a deck near the tower was expensive to me – it cost $38 for a few hours. Many signs in the area told of early bird parking rates – but, we weren’t there early enough.
During the week, we dined at the “Greek Islands Restaurant”. The food was excellent and the restaurant has many good reviews on the internet. We enjoyed both our food and the experience there. Pictures that I included are the Sea Bass dish and a sausage, tomato dish.
We went to a theater in the Lincoln Park district and saw the “Blue Man Group”. Note: no pictures are allowed of the show. We were near the front of the theater and had to ‘suit-up’ = i.e., put on clear plastic rain-coats (note: they really weren’t needed for us).
We also dined at the “Palace Grill” near my son’s apartment. I enjoyed seeing the pictures on the wall of Oprah being there. I rembered seeing her on a show where she worked as a bank teller, a fast-food drive-in window, and – I guess – that she worked behind the counter at the grill. A Harpo building is not far from the restaurant.
My son likes Chinese food and we ate brunch in Chinatown. I took pictures of the seafood tofu plate that I ordered after I had eaten the shrimp and scallops. The remaining seafood was octopus. We browsed in several stores and stopped for ‘munchie’ samples. It was a beautiful day and I took many pictures of the area.
We walked a lot and at home, I was surprised that I didn’t gain any weight. Our final meal was at the “Green Street Meat Market”. It is essentially a BBQ restaurant stuck in the middle of the block and very rustic decor. The food was excellent and they have a large rack of firewood inside for the oven. You can smell the food from the outside. We especially enjoyed the chocolate topped vanilla ice cream.
——-> Story of “the incident” – i.e., Vanna White went to jail! <—-
I had planned to drive back to Atlanta on Sunday. I packed my clothes and walked to where I had parked the van on a side street of the apartment. The van was GONE! The police had placed signs on the street a couple of days before, but I hadn’t seen them. The Chicago Marathon was on Sunday and they pulled my van to the main pound area a day before. When I discovered that the van was gone, a policeman was nearby for the marathon and I asked him what I should do. He said to call 311 and they would tell me what I needed. 3-1-1 looked up my license tag number and told me that “Vanna White” was located at 400 East Lower Wacker Street. They gave me a number for the impound office and I called there. The impound office told me that it would cost $190 to retrieve the van and that they were open 24 hours a day. If I didn’t get the van before midnight, $20 would be added to the bill. Well – I decided to stay and extra night, enjoy the day and see the marathon. After the marathon ended, I would do what I needed to get the van. Around 5pm, my son told me that he would drive me to the area. He thought that he knew where it was. We rode in tunnels under tall buildings and couldn’t find the building number 400 anywhere. He turned around several times and we doubled back trying to find the entrance. He called the office number again and the person answering the phone told him, “near the Swiss Hotel”. He drove around the entrance to the tunnel again and after a long stretch of tunnel, there was a parking area on the right with an entrance to a hotel parking deck on the left. He parked his car and said “let’s look for stairs”. After I crossed the street from the parked car, I saw a sign – City of Chicago, Central Auto Pound with an arrow pointing to the right. We knew that we were close, but had missed it somehow. I followed my son and his friend down a flight of stairs. At that point, we realized that we had driven down Wacker Street several times, but that there was a tunnel under it called Lower Wacker (we were under 2 levels of highway). We walked about a block, and saw the entrance to the impound. As we walked, there was an opening in the area that went to a walkway. We delayed the retrieval of Vanna and walked along the canal. We walked to the harbor and then walked more along the path looking at the boats and skyline. It was cloudy, but near sunset and the city lights came on – it was beautiful with a gentle breeze from the harbor. As it got darker, we turned around and walked back to the impound office. My son left me to sign papers and get the van and he returned with his car. I talked with the person who filled in the paperwork for me to drive away and told him, “We had a hard time finding this office.” He replied, “Yes, we don’t exist. GPS doesn’t work here.”
Outside the impound gate, I followed my son to his apartment, and parked again on Laflin Street. We ate at “Green Street Meats” and I drove home the next day. Thank goodness, I didn’t have any more ‘incidents’.