Miles and Milestones

It seems impossible, but our faithful companion has just observed her 1st Birthday. Her celebration was held at General Coffee State Park in Nicholls, GA. After an 8-mile, morning hike, she enjoyed a doggy cupcake, a bully stick, and some tug-of-war with “Bun-Bun”, her new toy, which will inevitably be gutted by the end of the week. At her tender age, this meandering mutt has been in 25 different States and has hiked hundreds of miles. There is little doubt that Gypsy is appropriately named. She is a tried and true traveler.

There is a replica of a 19th century farm at General Coffee SP that is complete with barnyard animals, so Gypsy had many furry friends to share her birthday with.

There were goats, and mules, and roosters, and wild boar. My favorite, however, were the newborn lambs that were bleating in soft, soprano voices and joyously springing about on their brand, new legs.

Georgia State Parks offer amazing trails that wind through a myriad of habitats. I have grown to truly appreciate the swamps. Once upon a time, I thought that swampland was unattractive but now, I find such beauty in these forested wetlands.

Aside from the unique farm display, there is also an interesting archery range. The campsites are large and wooded, and there are multiple playgrounds and picnic shelters throughout the park. General Coffee is well attended by families enjoying the great outdoors. It is springtime in this neck of the woods. The nights and early mornings are quite chilly but the morning sun warms the air quickly. Ahh, baby lambs and budding azaleas give me hope for an earth awaking from its silent slumber.

“Fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it.”

– Harry Middleton.

We were blessed to happen upon this young man who was smiling from ear-to-ear after reeling in his first fish ever! His happiness was so contagious that I felt elated for him and with him. He was so proud to eagerly pose with his prized catch. These are the moments that create memories.

Hiking is not escapism; it’s realism. The people who choose to spend time outdoors are not running away from anything; we are returning to where we belong.

-Jennifer Pharr Davis

Our Birthday girl would rather be out hiking than anywhere else. It is where she belongs and I am blessed to join her on her journeys (when she is not bounding forward, trying to rip my arm off…)

Back to Reed-Bingham State Park tomorrow where we have a busy week planned. Golf, a winery excursion, and a horse show are on the agenda.

Stay tuned…

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