Some birdies, turtles, gators, snakies and other critters encountered in Augusta GA over the past few days. A Flycatcher or Swift of some sort or another? Alligator suns himself Cottonmouth, aka Water Moccasin Green Anole dewlapping at me A lovely Damselfly This Grebe is lunching on Crayfish. It was still wiggling when it went down. … More Some Georgia Critters
In 1860, Presbyterian minister Joseph Wilson, pastor of a church in Augusta GA, moved into a two-story house on 7th Street. Along with his wife and two daughters, Wilson had a three-year old son named Thomas Woodrow Wilson. In the house next store lived another pastor of a different church, and Tommy Wilson’s best friend, Joseph … More Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson
Constructed in 1845 near the Savannah River, the Augusta Canal turned the sleepy little village of Augusta into an economic and industrial powerhouse. Providing both efficient transportation and cheap hydro power, the Canal quickly attracted a series of mills and factories along its banks. During the Civil War, the Confederacy operated a huge explosives mill … More Augusta Canal National Heritage Area
Despite the rather unappealing name (I thought the term “swamp” disappeared long ago), this is a very nice wildlife area with wetlands habitat. The weather here in Georgia today is very nice, so there were lots of critters out and about. Some photos. The park Most of the pathways are elevated boardwalks to protect the fragile … More Phinizy Swamp Nature Park
I’ll be here a couple weeks, to see some museums and a couple nature parks. After that I’ll start working my way north, to the Norfolk/Williamsburg area.
Well, I had planned to leave for Augusta GA yesterday, but the weather there said it was raining heavy, so I postponed my departure for a day, and spent another afternoon in Myrtle Beach. While sitting outside, I happened to see this hawk (I think it is a Red-Shouldered Hawk, but all hawks look alike … More A Hawk Gets Bullied
Now that the weather is finally nice, I visited the boardwalk at Myrtle Beach SC again. A few photos. It was pretty foggy in the morning A paddle-boarder in the mist The fog burned off around noon This Green Anole was happy to sun himself A colorful seashell—one of the few that hadn’t gotten busted … More Another Walk on Myrtle Beach
The Dinosaurs! Exhibit is a recently-opened attraction in the Boardwalk At The Beach destination in Myrtle Beach SC. It contains a number of animatronic dinos. It’s aimed at kids, but since I’m just a big kid, I had a good time too. Seriously, the thing I find interesting about all of the various animatronic dino displays I … More Dinosaurs! Exhibit
OK, so the Pinball Museum, located near the beach in Myrtle Beach SC, isn’t really a “museum” in the strict sense—it’s more like an arcade with vintage machines. You pay to get in, then can play as many games as you want for an hour. Back in my mis-spent youth, I was quite the pinball … More Pinball Museum
Well, although I’ve liked my time in Myrtle Beach (and am glad that spring has finally sprung), it’s almost time to move on. Normally I am in Pennsylvania for the Fourth of July, to visit my sis and to get the inspections done on the van. But this year I have to be there in … More Planning Things Out ….