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Post  sanderson 10/18/2022, 9:42 pm

It's been 2 1/2 years since I have taken a road trip in this great nation of the U.S.  My winter winter crops are in, the weather mild, so we took off to see the Middle and Lower South.

We flew from California into Atlanta, Georgia.  Holy cow, but is that airport an experience What a Face .  Monday we drove north up I-85 and stopped by to see AtlantaMarie. BIG hug

The weather just north of Atlanta was delightful.  Then, back on the road to Liberty, South Carolina, where someone turned off the heat.  It was down to 39*F at night. Definitely, the end of summer crops.  Our hosts had lovely tomatoes ripening on the window sill.

Today, Tuesday, we drove over to Columbia, SC.  The freeways, especially the toll roads, are so nice to travel along.  Forest, some farming, mega warehouses, leading us to believe that SC is a good place to set up corporate centers.  Oh, so far I have been called Ma'am at least 50 times.  That is so refreshing.  "Please, thank you, have a nice day."  I've stepped into a parallel universe.  So far, everyone we have encountered has been sooooo nice.

Next stop: the Atlanta coast of Charleston, SC, maybe a side trip to Myrtle Beach if we aren't in their way of recovery.

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Post  AtlantaMarie 10/19/2022, 7:52 am

I'm so glad you're having fun!  And it was wonderful to FINALLY see you face-to-face!!

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Post  sanderson 10/21/2022, 10:06 pm

I have really enjoyed So. Carolina.  Polite, clean rest stops, and no tent cities under every overpass.  rofl We had to trim Myrtle Beach off the itinerary.

This is Friday night.  Today we drove from Charleston (learned some good history!! and I thought I knew a lot) to Hilton Head Island and then into Savannah.  Tomorrow we will take the trolley/bus and see some recommended churches and houses.

Sunday we drive from Macon to Atlanta Airport to fly home.  Hoping it works out to visit with Yolos en route.

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Post  sanderson 10/24/2022, 3:29 pm

On our last day as we were driving towards the Atlanta Airport, we were able to stop by and visit with Yolos in Brooks, GA.  Nope, no photos, but I did get to tour the garden that I feel I have grown to know over the years of posting on the Forum.  She has lots of Strike shelling peas growing.  Yolos send me some seeds a few years ago and I have continued growing them every winter.  I sent her Snow Fairy tomatoes seeds this summer and she is growing them with some cold weather protection.

Something this Californian learned on this trip around GA and SC:
- "ma'am" is a common word  I love you
- men open doors for women Shocked
- pine straw really is used as mulch
- some ants really hurt
- regular gas at $3.17-3.39 is common  Shocked
- public restrooms and rest stop restrooms were clean and well stocked!!
- grouper fish and red snapper are available fresh  drooling
- asparagus is a common vegetable available on most menus  hungry
- fried green tomato BLT sandwiches are really, really good  drooling
- the Lower South actually gets freezes
- Hilton Head Island has beautiful beaches
- Charleston and Savannah were really important in the Revolutionary War.  Charleston had its own quieter tea party.
- at the Charleston old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, the basement dungeon was a nasty place to spend time, the U.S. Constitution was ratified by the SC Convention in the 2nd story ball room.

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Ant hills! This would take away the fun of gardening.
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Gas prices. I don't know why diesel was so much more expensive.
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Post  AtlantaMarie 10/25/2022, 6:33 am

Yeah, those ants....  I've got plenty of scars from them!

Glad you got to see Yolos as well!!  And that you had such a good time.  It was GREAT to see you!  Hugs!!!
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Post  sanderson 10/25/2022, 3:56 pm

AM, It was so good to meet in person. I feel like I have gotten to know you and Yolos over the years on this Forum.

Traveling to other states in person gives me an idea of what everyone faces, gardening-wise.

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Post  trolleydriver 10/26/2022, 2:27 pm

Sounds like you had a great time. And how wonderful to meet up with forum members.
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Post  OhioGardener 10/27/2022, 8:51 am

Glad you got to travel the sunny southeast, Sanderson! In my younger years I lived in south Georgia (LaGrange) for nearly 5 years, and lived in metro Atlanta for 3 years.  Loved the area and the people, but learned to hate the red clay.  Shocked

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