Monday, March 24, 2008

Georgia Tearjerkers Gathering - Florence Marina State Park, March 21-23, 2008

This last weekend was the first 2008 gathering of the Georgia Tearjerkers. The gathering was located at Florence Marina State Park in Omaha, GA.

When I originally planned to attend, I was going to be off from work the entire week and was going to come home from my last campout on Tuesday, clean the camper and restock on Wednesday, and head out again early Thursday morning, but "The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men" called for me to work on Wed - Fri, so I didn't head out till after work on Friday, so it was about 10:30 when I arrived Friday night. I got my camper in Site 4 by pushing it in with the help of some folks that were still up and quietly got set up. The Florence Marina sites are very nice with Water/Electric/Sewer/and Cable. The pull-through sites have concrete driveways, and the back-in sites have chert/small gravel driveways. The comfort stations were clean, but the hot water heater left something to be desired.

The weather for the weekend turned out GREAT. A little chilly overnight, but bright sunshine and warmed up to the low 70's during the day.

On Saturday morning I met Marvin and Jennifer and we had breakfast together and looked over each other's campers and also gave a few tours to other folks in the campground.

We then when out and did some exploring in the area.

We dropped by Providence Canyon State Park and took a few pictures of the beautiful canyon. Unfortunately, this canyon was created by poor farming practices, but it was beautiful.

Marvin has some great pictures of the canyon at:

We also went to Westville 1850 Village (Admission $10). It is a very detailed working village of life in the 1850's. Marvin has some great pictures at:

We stopped for lunch at a place called 4-Way Stop Barbecue which was a little Barbecue Place right at the Four Way stop of this little town. It was goooood eatin though.
We then went back to the campground for naps, book readin and just relaxing. I took a few pictures of my setup and Marvin and Jennifer's setup and a few pictures of the campground.
Marvin also has some great pictures here:

We were still pretty full from lunch, so we got together and had a late dinner. I made some chicken and dumplings from a little box mix I had and Marvin and Jennifer made a salad and some other side dishes. We then sat around the fire for awhile and called it a night.
The next morning Jennifer made some great Hamburger Gravy (SOS) and we both broke down camp, said our goodbyes and headed for home. Going home I thought I would try some of the backroads to enjoy some "teardrop time", but by the time I got close to an interstate, gave that up, and continued on home on the big roads. I am just not a backroads kind of gal.
Well, it only takes two trailers to make a gathering, and we proved that!!
Coming next, in April we're going back to Point Mallard Park in Decatur, AL to spend the weekend with one of Rick's coworkers who has a camper. We're going to do some fishing, throw back a few, and put some really thick steaks on the grill!
(520 miles)
Thanks for reading!!

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