It's a short, actually a MUCH shorter drive here from Augusta, Ga if you go straight North instead of over to Atlanta (on the freeway) and up I-85 (a freeway). We took the backroads, we like the old highways, and saved about 5 hours or more time. Heck we saved more than that if you count rattled nerves, more diesel, bumps and lumps in the freeways, breaks from driving, etc.
You've no doubt have discovered by the lines on the map that the mapping system doesn't show YOU, good reader, the route we've taken to get here, just that we are here.
The day was foggy and chilly to start with when we left Ft. Gordons Pointes West Rec Area. But the fog disappeared later in the morning. As we drove into TTN Forest Lake, about 4:30 p.m., it was very nice and warm about 75 degrees. We were pleasantly surprised at what we found for a park here. A predominately second growth hardwood forest with a smattering of pines, an 8 acre lake, nice buildings, a chapel and 262 full-hookup RV spaces. The land on which the park is built was part of a 4,200 acre 19th century cotton and tobacco plantation. In fact, all the plantation minus this plot is owned by the original family, The Hairston's. The park is nowhere full, maybe about 1/3. Mostly snowbirds migrating north from Florida and other southern locations.
Our stay in Augusta was fantastic, despite the torrential rain and threat of tornados periodically. After all we came for a visit to our son David who had recently come home from a year in Afghanistan. A plus for us was also a few hours of visit with his lovely wife Cinnamon, who came in for a weekend visit. We always like to visit with any of our kids when the chance comes up. But this was special, as Dave has been in danger and helping another people become independent. He will have been gone from Cinnamon for two years this July, by the time he finishes the school at Ft Gordon. It'll be good for them to get back together and reestablish their home.