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Good By!! To the best Georgia State Park--- Veterans

Update: Tuesday 5/20/08

Current Location: Maryville, Tennessee HOME BASE

Weather is Overcast/sunny. Highs today in the upper 70's.

Hello to everyone.

We have finished our stay at Georgia Veterans State Park and the SAM Excursion Train. As of this past Saturday we had completed 6 1/2 weeks and 310 hours of volunteer work. The SAM ride on Saturday was just fine. We had a group of folks from Florida and some from Georgia in our car. Chris is amazing. I have noticed that she has really become a conversationalist during these past 6 weeks. Her natural ability to make folks feel at home is her strong point.

I think this time together has really allowed me to understand this. The time we spent at the park and on the SAM was a very good experience for us both and we will never forget the folks we were blessed to meet. I am sure the friends we made will continue on over the years. We have already put our name down to return next spring for two months during March and April. Our next extended trip is scheduled for July to the Redwood Forests of Central and Northern California. Check out the Itinerary section for the details.

We spent Sunday resting and preparing the RV for the trip back to Tennsessee. The trip back to Maryville was uneventful on Monday. The traffic through Atlanta was no problem. Total time on the road was around 6 1/2 hours. The F250 managed to get 12.6 MPG for the trip. Diesel fuel prices ranged from 4.50/gal to 4.45/gal. We stopped at a I-75 rest area in Georgia to eat lunch and rest the eyes.

One thing that really bothers me now is the fact that there are no rest areas open from the GA/TN border to Knoxville. Basically, that means there are no rest areas open along I-75 in the state of Tennessee. Compared to Georgia and Fla that is a real problem for travelers through our state. Just another black mark on Tennessee's (perceived) reputation as a friendly state.

One sad entry I need to make concerns the passing of My Uncle Maurice while we were home last week to pick up our tow vehicle. Uncle Maurice passed away suddenly on Tuesday 5/13. I know the family will miss Uncle Maurice, however, we all know he is rejoicing with his loved ones who have gone on. Chris and I visited with Aunt Ila in Manchester, Tennessee on Wed to offer our sympathy and support to her and the family. We will truely miss Uncle Maurice and his smiling face and music. Life must go on though, and we have his memories to keep him forever with us.

I will include some pictures of our stay in the park and on the SAM to conclude this journal entry. Now, we are looking forward to some R&R here at home. Maybe we can talk the grand kids in to going camping with us soon so we can love on them a while.

Special thanks to all our friends and family that have supported us and kept in touch during this assignment in Georgia.

In Dad's loving memory the adventure continues!!

Later Alligators,

Archie, Chris and little Chad

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