Sunday, February 26, 2012

Creek Indian Trail - Eufaula, AL

On a cloudy gloomy day we couldn't find a movie we wanted to see, so we decided to check out the hiking/biking path that winds through Eufaula.  
The trail starts near the post office in the middle of town and follows the old railroad grade across Chewalla Creek between the causeway (US 82) that connects Georgetown, GA with Eufaula, AL, and US Highway 431 that runs between Dothan AL and Columbus GA.
The trail is nicely marked every quarter mile, so we could keep track of our progress.
Several unpaved side trails offer views of the creek, a cemetery and a natural land bridge.
The waterfall isn't too full today, but I am sure it was raging on Saturday when 3" of rain fell in about 20 minutes.
Since the trail follows the old railroad bed, there are interesting things to see - like this old loading ramp.
and Reeves Peanut Company, still an operating company.  The pathway is lined with Dogwood trees, like the one in the middle of this picture, that are just about ready to pop into bloom.
Some trees and flowers are already in bloom, but in about a week, nearly everything will be blooming.
Carolina Creeper is just beginning to bloom.
Lots of views of the Chattahoochee River from the trail.  The causeway is at the end of this picture on the south side of town.
Highway 431 can be seen on the north side of the walk.  The pathway continues past the schools, and the community center where we swim in the mornings, and all the way to the Old Town Park.  Definitely a great walk that we will add to our daily exercise plan.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Motorcycle Ride to Wauchula

The Harbor Lakes Riders gather at 10 a.m. for a ride to Wauchula, FL, a cute little town in the middle of the state with a really great restaurant, "Paul's Kitchen".
The hamburger is so big it is hard to eat as a sandwich.
Ron likes liver, and knows his only opportunity to get it is to order it at a restaurant, so that is what he had.  If you really want to find the best places to eat, just hang out with motorcycle riders!  No one leaves Paul's Kitchen hungry!

After a roundabout way through the countryside, we stopped at a biker bar on Hwy 72 for a rest stop.
Bob and Rosemarie
Collette and Roland
Dave and Janet
Earl and Diane (Thanks for planning another great ride, Earl!)
Fran and Patti
Jerry and Monique
Linda and Bob
Bert & Briggitte
Other Florida Rides:

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Spring Flowers in Georgia

Spring is here early this year, and we welcome it with open arms!  Last year our high temperature for the day was 42 degrees - BRR - not what we come to the South in the winter to experience!  This year has been a delight.  Lots of warm sunny days, and even the cloudy days have been warm.  The flowers feel it too, and are starting to bloom in earnest.  I even spotted some white iris blooming in the median in Eufaula on Friday.
The Bradford pear aren't quite in bloom, but they are thinking about it.  You can see the buds on this baby Bradford pear tree, and the birds are already building their nests.
These tiny daffodils are always one of our first notices that spring is coming.
Hyacinth - one of my favorites - fragrant and beautiful in such a variety of colors.
I just found this beautiful lily at Home Depot - lilies do well here, but they normally bloom a bit later.  Hope HD forcing it won't stunt its growth.
We filled Mom's flower boxes with Flox, Stocks, petunias, dianthus and flowering kale.  We have found that all of these are both cold and heat resistant and can last for years even with limited watering in the summer.
You might notice some ragged leaves on these flowering Kale - they taste just as good as the Kale I grow in my garden, so I can't resist sampling a leaf when I pass by.