2012 Eastern United States travel blog

Macon, GA - Claystone Park - site 43

Macon, GA - Claystone Park - site 43, another view

Macon, GA - Claystone Park - site 43, and another

Macon, GA - Claystone Park - view of the lake from our...

Riverside, AL to Macon, GA 0 - our route - 191 miles

Riverside, AL to Macon, GA 1 - the flags for Talladega Speedway...

Riverside, AL to Macon, GA 2 - more construction

Riverside, AL to Macon, GA 3

Riverside, AL to Macon, GA 4 - Entering Georgia with lots of...

Riverside, AL to Macon, GA 5 - getting close to Atlanta

Riverside, AL to Macon, GA 6 - on the 285 bypass on...

Riverside, AL to Macon, GA 7 - is he going to land...

Riverside, AL to Macon, GA 8

Ocmulgee HM 1 - a large field of these wildflowers was between...

Ocmulgee HM 2

Ocmulgee HM 3 - part of the original earth floor - the...

Ocmulgee HM 4 - the fire pit

Ocmulgee HM 5 - seats for other tribal members around the edge...

Ocmulgee HM 6 - the roof covered in earth with a skylight

Ocmulgee HM 7 - the Great Temple Mound and Lesser Temple Mound...

Ocmulgee HM 8 - a Walking Stick Insect on the way to...

Ocmulgee HM 9

Ocmulgee HM 10 - the Great Temple Mound

Ocmulgee HM 11 - the Trading Post foundation between the Earth Lodge...

Ocmulgee HM 12 - the Earth Lodge with the visitor center behind...

Ocmulgee HM 13 - taken from the top of the Great Temple,...

Ocmulgee HM 14 - the Lesser Temple Mound that was partially destroyed...

Ocmulgee HM 15 - view of Macon from atop the Great Temple...


It was an easy 191 miles from Riverside, AL to Macon, GA. It was all interstate so not a lot to take pictures of. We are staying at the Claystone Park portion of the Tobesofkee Recreation Area. It is a great campground, probably one of the best we have stayed in. We have a large pull-through with a great lake view and 50 amps full hookup. We have fairly good Verizon and a clear shot to the satellite. We didn't do much here but relax and just enjoy camping.

On Wednesday we did make a run out to the Ocmulgee National Monument. They have found evidence that this area has been inhabited for 17,000 years. About 900 the Indians known as Mississippians were living in the area and their descendants stayed here until they were forcibly moved to the Indian Territory, now known as Oklahoma. They were called Creeks by that time and were one of the five civilized tribes that were moved to Oklahoma. Most of the Creeks were settles in what is now Okmulgee and Creek counties.

The main features of the Ocmulgee NM is the Earth Lodge where the tribal leaders met and the other earth mounds abundant in the area with the main ones being the Great Temple Mound, the Lesser Temple Mound and the Funeral Mound. The reconstructed walls and roof of the Earth Lodge help protect the original earth floor which is about 1,000 years old. The mounds themselves provided an elevated platform for their important buildings and the Great Temple Mound is one of the highest points in the Macon area, not counting the buildings in downtown Macon of course.

We head for Albany, GA tomorrow to visit with family and friends. It is only about a hundred miles so we will take our time leaving and hope to get there shortly after noon. That will be our last stop before arriving home back in Green Cove Springs, FL.

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