2008 Keys 2 Canada travel blog

Sunday, November 16

We spent the day at our Ringgold, Georgia KOA, getting caught up on our journal and staying out of the wind and cold.

Monday, November 17

We moved south to a Georgia State campground called Red Top Mountain and booked a two night stay.

Tuesday, November 18

Georgia’s State campgrounds are as nice as Florida’s and we had a hilltop all to ourselves. The weather was near freezing so we stayed inside and spent the time relaxing and reading.

Wednesday, November 19

We said 'goodbye' to Red Top Mountain State Park and headed for Atlanta to visit a friend and former classmate of mine, Sky Rector and his wife Diana. They live in an unincorporated area of Cobb County, and we found their home in a wooded neighborhood of beautiful homes. They gave us a very warm welcome and we spent the afternoon seeing their home, visiting and getting acquainted with their sweet cat Oscar, after which Sky and Diana drove us around to see the area and the stately old mansions of Cobb County and Buckhead on the outskirts of Atlanta.

This part of Georgia is really quite beautiful, with homes looking down from the hilltops or tucked into the ravines and hidden in the woods. The Rector's neighborhood is heavily wooded and reminds me of Winnetka, Illinois and Hubbard Woods where I lived when I was in high school. Sky and I were friends and classmates in Shorewood, Wisconsin, where we went to grade school and junior high together.

For dinner the Rectors had reservations at one of their favorite restaurants. The restaurant is named Canoe and they said it is one of the top two restaurants in Atlanta, which has many fine places to eat. After the meal we had at Canoe I find it hard to believe there is a better restaurant anywhere!

Back home we spent the evening catching up on the many years that have passed since we’ve seen each other. We spent the night in their home, and as much as we like camping it was sure nice to sleep in a real bed for a change - and one that was not on wheels.

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