American by birth, Southern by the grace of God.
Louis Grizzard, a great American
It's choice ~ not chance ~ that determines your destiny.
Jean Nidetch

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Ancestors in Stilesboro and Euharlee, GA

On Wednesday we took the two grand kids home and spent the night at their house.  We left Thursday morning with plans to stop in Cartersville, GA, to check out some historical society information.  As it turns out, we spent so long finding a cemetery in Stilesboro and then spending time at the historical society office and museum in Euharlee, we never made it to Cartersville.  That will be for another trip.  

The cemetery is McCormick/Hawkins Cemetery located on some private property.  We had looked for it a couple of weeks ago with no luck, but Thursday, after a conversation with the very nice property owner, we were able to find it and take some pictures.

 View from road looking up drive toward the barn.

 View of the damaged fence where someone had removed the post and some wire.

 The barn sits uphill about 100 yards from the road.  The cemetery is another 250 yards uphill from the barn.

Looking up the hill from the road towards the barn. 

From the cemetery, looking downhill towards the barn
As we walked toward the barn, 4 deer ran out from the trees between the barn and the cemetery.  It was like they had been released on cue to run across the grass.  Just beautiful.  Of course, they were way to quick for me to get a picture.  Just as quickly, they disappeared into the woods.

Buddy loved being off the lease and sniffing for more deer.  (He smelled them, but missed actually seeing them.)
 My 2nd great grand uncle, along with his wife and some children, are buried there.  No one had posted pictures on or anywhere else online so I wanted to go for myself to get the pictures.

  Captain Henry Johnson McCormick., Co. O, Phillips Legion, GA Infantry, Confederate States of America.

 Capt. and Josephine McCormick.

 View of Capt. McCormick's marker in the trees.

There are many, many graves with just stones for markers and no names. Maybe there is a record somewhere that lists who is buried here.  I will look into that more when we visit the area again.

Some of the many graves with no names.

 There are several rows like this with no names.

We stopped in Euharlee at the Historical Museum located next to the old covered bridge.  We stayed about an hour but Sam had to stay in the truck with Buddy because it was too hot to leave him.  

Euharlee Covered Bridge

Historic monument

There was a volunteer in the museum, Clayton J. Harris, who has lived in the area all his life and was very knowledgeable.  Turns out we are relatives, coming down the Shaw line.  He knows everyone around there, including many of my living relatives and ancestors.  We will definitely go back when we have more time and don't have Buddy with us.  

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Holiday Trav-L Park

Our site #32.  One of the nicer sites in the long-term area. 

The park is located just off I-75 at Exit 1-B, between East Ridge, TN, and Chickamauga, GA. 

We moved to this site back in May when it was vacated by some other campers who were working in the Chattanooga area.  It looks like someone may have lived on this site for several years.  There is monkey grass and flowers and even an underground sprinkler.  There are about a dozen sites similar to this where full-timers live.  The couple next to us have been here about five years. 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

June 23, 2012.

 I had a fun time in Panama City Beach with Scott, Angelia, Ethan, Mackenzie & Kyle!  

Now back at the camper in Chickamauga for some R&R, with two more grand!

 Ethan & Mackenzie having a cheeseburger in paradise (Margaritaville).

 Kyle at Putt-Putt!!

Ethan, Mackenzie & Kyle taking a Kool-Aide break!

Logan and Tyler are with us until next Thursday when we'll take them home to Samantha & Nate's.  We spend most days at the pool or they ride bikes around the park. 

Logan and Tyler with their bikes.

I've been working on where we will be going when we leave Chickamauga this fall.  We're not sure when Sam's last work date is scheduled but probably around the end of September.  We will head down to Pine Lakes RV Park near Palmetto, which has become our 'home base' when we need to be near our daughter's house.  Kyle's birthday is October 5th, so we will be there for that and Samantha has asked us to keep the boys while her and Nathan go to her 10th Year High School reunion.  That is the weekend of October 12th.  We will leave Monday, 10/15, and head for Chiefland, Florida, to visit a few days with Sam's cousin, Marilyn.  

We will go to Disney World's Fort Wilderness Campground on October 20th, to attend Epcot's Food & Wine Festival.  Looking forward to some yummie treats!  We plan to stay there until the 25th.  After that we are going to find somewhere in the Clearwater area to stay for a week or so.  Sam was born and raised in Largo, near Clearwater, and he wants to visit that area for a few days.  Clearwater Beach is a beautiful beach and I'm looking forward to returning.   

I've been looking at notes and information on central Florida to find a few good places to visit and possibly kayak.  We'll have about 3 1/2 weeks until we meet Samantha and her family back at Disney World's Fort Wilderness for Thanksgiving week.  After Thanksgiving, we'll have 5 weeks until we head to St. Andrews State Park in PCB to our campground host position.  We'll be at St. Andrews for four months, through April 2013.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Panama City Beach June 2012

I'm back at the beach for a week with my son's family and one additional grand son.  Sam is still working up in Chickamauga.  I'll be returning on Sunday with two other grand sons.  In the mean time, we having a nice vacation at the beach!

Dinner at Bayou Joe's was very good and lots of fun.  It's on the Massalina Bayou and the kids can feed the fish off the dock.  We had been there before by Pontoon Boat.  This time we went by car.

It was overcast Sunday but beautiful since then.

Go-Karts and Bumper Boats were fun Tuesday!

Crab Cakes at Uncle Ernie's looked just like these!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

I am back in Chickamauga with Sam, at the camper, after spending several weeks with my Mother and then a week with my friend, Judy.

Sad friend Judy passed away last Friday, after being diagnosed with a fast spreading cancer in November.  She had surgery on February 1st, but seemed to go downhill quickly afterwards.  I went with her to a doctor visit on Friday 5/19, she had to go the hospital (by ambulance) on Monday 5/21, then passed away on Friday 5/26.  It was all very quick.  

We had been friends for 41 years, since summer of 1971.  Sam and I were at an RV park near her house earlier this year, in January and February, to be with her and help her out around her house.  I'm glad we were able to do that and spend that time with her.