I had a good night of sleep, thankfully! I got up with Greg, packed hi lunch and prepped his breakfast as usual, saw him off to work, and then started packing my stuff since I hadn't done that yet :)
|This is just MY stuff. Well yes, I'm only leaving for 10 days, why do you ask? This is why I prefer car travel to plane travel.|
Before we left, though, we topped up the SUV gas tank and then stopped by Walgreens to buy a selfie stick to use with my daughter's iPhone. We're glad we did as she took some good pictures today.
She and I took turns driving. We did hit a couple of spots of very slow traffic on I-75 in Florida, but nothing really bad. She drove through a pretty bad rain storm while we were still in Florida and I felt very uncomfortable (not that she was being unsafe but she couldn't really see anything) so I asked her to take the next exit so we could switch seats, but the storm seemed to stop right at the same time.
We did make several pit stops, which was nice and broke the monotony of driving on an interstate.
|A lot of our pictures are crappy because they were taken through the SUV windows!|
We stopped at the Georgia border to visit their welcome visitor and pick up some brochures about Columbus since we weren't really sure of what to visit when we got here. It's a very military town since Fort Benning is right at its door, but she's not very interested in military stuff. Thankfully, the visitor center had a booklet entitled "51 reasons to visit Columbus" and indeed, it sounds like a very cool city that we want to come back to on a weekend. It's a 5-hour drive from our house, which isn't too bad.
While she drove, I flipped through the brochure and asked her if she'd be interested in visiting Providence Canyon State Park, about 30 miles south of Columbus, and she was. So we left the interstate and took back roads to get to the state park. Georgia is very green! This part of Georgia was very quiet, the traffic was extremely light, which was nice. And it's also sparsely populated and very pretty.
|So green! Back then, Florida was still all brown because of the drought.|
|One of the smaller roads we took. It was lovely. I like driving on those so much more than on the interstate...|
One of our favorite stops was a gas station that had a very picturesque small store attached. Of course, I forgot to take a picture of said store, and the picture that I took of the inside doesn't pay it justice. Anyhoo, they sold Georgia pecans, and other Georgia delicacies, including some Georgia Moonshine Jelly that I should have bought for Greg but didn't.
|I don't know how I managed to take the one picture that didn't show anything picturesque about that particular store, Darn it.|
We started walking towards the trail to go down into the canyon "gorge" and had started going down it when my daughter realized that she had forgotten to change from flip-flops to her sneakers! So we had to walk back to the SUV. She was already tired and hot by the time we did this (she's out of shape, like her mother) but the trail to go down, while steep, was shaded so it wasn't bad.
|From the parking lot to the bathrooms... and beyond was the trail down to the gorge's floor.|
|We had just started on the trail when I looked down and noticed that my daughter was wearing flip flops! So we had to trek back to the SUV. Oh no, this didn't bode too well for the rest of the trip!|
|Ah, that's better :)|
|The trail was so steep (you can't really tell by the picture) that they had embedded plastic mesh in the ground to prevent erosion and people from slipping, I guess. Luckily, it hadn't rained on that day.|
|It was a pretty trail.|
|Elevation! We Floridians usually love seeing any kind of hill or mountain :)|
|The bottom of the gorge|
|Yep, we had to follow those small corridors through the "jungle" to get closer to the canyons.|
It was actually pretty cool.
|One of the canyons, The state park's website said that they were created by "poor family practices", whatever that means.|
We never did find out what the deal was. I suppose this was a quarry at some point.
|This would have been a great location for the FFA Land Judging Team to come practice their skills back when she was part|
|These flowers were clinging to the side of one of the canyon. Nature always amazes me.|
|Another picture where the layers of soil are pretty evident.|
|This tree had all red leaves. I pretended I was there in the Fall :)|
|Now I think I know why there were dangers signs on the trail. This tree look like it could topple off the side of the canyon with a strong breeze.|
All in all we walked for about 43 minutes and only 1.86 miles but it was quality miles, lol.
|It was one of the only times that I actually had cell phone reception while|
hiking so I could use the RunMeter app to track our hike.
Then we drove to Columbus. We drove through part of Fort Benning and my daughter snapped a couple of pictures for me as I was driving.
|We saw these tanks parked outside warehouses so I asked my daughter to snap a picture of them for Youngest Son.|
|Entrance to Fort Benning. It looked very impressive. We were driving away from it on a parallel road so we didn't get the|
Our room is very comfortable and well-appointed. We took a quick shower and went to dinner at Red Lobster, just a mile and a half down the road.
|I'd rather have this than what I had for dinner. In fact, I had the very same Veggie Delight sub all but one day on our trip.|
Then for dinner at Red Lobster, I had oven broiled flounder and broccoli and splurged on buying an extra side of tomato mozzarella capaccio salad. We drank water. My daughter had a chicken Caesar Salad and two biscuits, I didn't have any biscuits. I took screenshots of the nutritional value from the Red Lobster website and entered it into My Fitness Pal when we got back to the hotel. I came within 30 calories of my goal, which was excellent, if I may say so. Also I had bought multivitamins at CVS earlier this week because I was worried that I wasn't getting my 100% of iron by just eating the foods that I eat so now I'm covered with that.
|Well, this doesn't make me want to be on a diet, to be quite honest! It was very bland and disappointing, too.|
It's now past 11:30 p.m. so I need to get to sleep. We had a great first day!