Today is a travel day for us, from Carrabelle to Stephen Foster Folk Culture State Park, about 150 miles. We’ll be overnighting there, then off to St. Marys, Georgia for a few days – to see the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (swamp) - before we arrive in Savannah. We have reservations for all of our stays until we leave Charleston; we snagged a spot at Skidaway State Park for Savannah, but James Island County Park was full, so we will be at Oak Plantation for our stay in Charleston (weird that the county park is the more costly!).
Our next reservation, after we leave Charleston on April 4th, is in Memphis, arriving May 2nd. We have almost a month in between, to travel in areas we are know nothing about. We would like to see Asheville, NC, and I want to go to the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama (don’t ask me why… I was captivated by the idea from the first time I heard of it, years ago). I want to visit Oxford, MS – mostly because I’ve heard it is beautiful, but also for the history.
The route shown on this map – a fairly direct line between the locations I mentioned - is just under 900 miles, about 6 days of driving for us (we average 100-200 miles with each move), so we have plenty of time to deviate. We know that many of you readers have travelled these states – what advice do you have for us?
We don’t have much interest in big cities. We like college towns. In parks, we like space, so often look for state or county parks, or Corps of Engineers – but will pay the price to stay in “special” commercial parks (the waterfront site here at Ho Hum comes to mind) from time to time. Restaurants? We like to try regional specialties and to patronize locally-owned spots. Quality is more important than quantity, and more important than ambiance. We walk or hike every day, so look for historic or scenic spots that let us stretch out our legs for at least a couple of miles.
We’ve gotten great tips from readers, but usually AFTER we’ve left an area! This time, I decided to see what we could learn BEFORE we make our plans. Your suggestions for campgrounds, restaurants, dishes to try, places to hike, sights to see… we welcome them! What is too good to miss??