Sunday, April 11, 2021

Finally On The Road Again – Pine Mountain, Ga

After an 18 months hiatus for Covid-19, we are finally all vaccinated and back on the road in the RV.  We had the chassis serviced, replaced the six rear tires, cleaned the coach inside and out, packed it, and we were ready to hit the road around 10am.

We were barely out of the driveway when we realized we had no 120v power and as I was trying to figure out what could be wrong, Bev asked “isn’t there something you do up there (control panel) and I realized we had forgot to turn on the inverter, which fixed the problem.  Hard to believe how much we have forgotten over the 18 months.

We were headed for the Florida Gulf Coast but our first stop was Pine Mountain, GA for a visit to Callaway Gardens (CG).  We had been to the area twice before and again stayed at the Pine Mountain RV Resort the last time.

While they call themselves a resort, they are really just a pretty good campground but I did like the space between sites.

On Friday morning, we headed out on a cloudy day for our visit to CG hoping to get our visit in prior to the rain moving in and luckily we did but the gardens were disappointing.  We were there 35-40 years ago and the grounds were pretty awesome and a couple of years ago we thought we were just too late for the azaleas.  Knowing we would be here at prime time, I was once again expecting awesome but the number of azalea plants was no where near what I was expecting (think Masters Golf Tournament at Agustal National).  Here are a few pics that covered more of the pretty areas.

So the bottom line is we won’t need to come back.

After the CG visit the dogs and I rested up for the next days drive and the ladies went shopping and were gone for several hours in the very small town of Pine Mountain.  It seems that like many small towns with a tourism draw (CG & Franklin Roosevelt State Park), it’s businesses are mostly shops of some type so there was plenty for them to look at.

We left the next morning amid thunderstorms, getting underway around 10am for the 260 mile drive to Eastpoint, FL.

Photos can be enlarged by clicking on them and the blue words are links.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


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  1. So exciting to see you on the road again. The azaleas you took pictures of were gorgeous but sad that they haven't kept up the gardens. Be safe.

  2. how wonderful enjoy in good health and god bless cant wait to see what your eating on the road again :) Ciao

  3. Congrats on hitting the road. I think all the flowers look amazing. Safe travels to FL and enjoy the freedom to roll.

  4. It must feel good to be back on the road.

  5. Woo hoo! On the road again! That's great! Love and miss the azaleas! Had them in Louisville but they have no chance of living here. Take care and good trip, good food!

  6. Larry, Congratulations for getting back on the road!! We have trips planned as well and are really looking forward to hitting the road. 6 tires...ouch! Stay Safe and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  7. Everything about this makes me happy. Have a great time.

  8. Glad to hear you are back on the road. It's too bad the garden wasn't as beautiful as you'd hoped. Safe travels.

  9. How exciting to be back on the road. It is a shame about Callaway Gardens as it had such a wonderful reputation.


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