What makes Georgia (the state) most enjoyable to drive through is the beautiful scenery as well as finding delicious local foods to feast on like pecans and peaches. However, I was a bit disappointed on a recent trip. I stopped at a couple of farmer’s markets only to be informed that it wasn’t peach season!
No peaches? No way! What to do? I simply cannot drive through Georgia and not eat a peach.
Whatever, I will have my peaches! I espied a local Walmart Supercenter and bought three peaches. It’s cheating, I know, and although these peaches weren’t nearly as awesome as the fresh picked ones I’ve had in times prior, they were still delicious and satisfying.
As for the pecans, I stopped at Magnolia Plantation off Interstate 75 in Tifton. I opted to try chocolate covered pecans this time and pecans logs–they were good but believe it or not I actually prefer plain unroasted pecans. I find them just absolutely fabulous. Sometimes plain and simple is the best thing!
I also love the little cedar boxes they sell there. The intoxicating smell alone just makes me want to pass out with joy.
Briefly stopping in Atlanta and knowing I would only be there a short time, I decided to pick one thing that I really wanted to see or do. I opted for the Martin Luther King, Jr. historical site. It was a great decision hampered only by all the inside stuff being closed because of that dagnabbit nasty beast COVID, once again.
These photos were taken from the infamous “I Have a Dream” World Peace Rose Garden; the plaque explains the significance of the garden.
This is Ebenezer Baptist Church where MLK, Jr. was co-pastor until his dreadful assassination in 1968.
The tomb of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King. Even in death, his message of peaceful resistance and improving the plight of humanity lives on through this memorial. He lived such a remarkable life it’s difficult to believe he was only 39 at the time of his death.
There were so many awesome street murals throughout Atlanta. On my next visit hopefully I will have time to take a few photos although I did find several web pages that feature Atlanta street art, like this one: https://streetartmap.org
A frightening reminder that Georgia is still in “The South”
In sharp contrast to the MLK memorial, there’s one town in Georgia I approached via the interstate that welcomed me and other travelers with a gigantic confederate flag at the town city limits. Even as a white person, I ain’t even going to stop there. They might smell my willingness to accept diversified culture on my clothes. Also, I simply choose not to support this town with my patronage.
There were many beautiful orange flowers in bloom throughout my drive through the state (I believe they were cosmos but not certain) plus lots of majestic purple trees and miles of cotton fields that looked like they were ready for picking. I was never in a place to conveniently stop and take photos though. I believe the flowers were cosmos but not at all certain about that.
As a final parting thought, I just want to point out that Macon rhymes with bacon. I’m far from being the only one to notice this as there exists a Macon Bacon baseball team.
Hope everyone is doing well! I got some kind of food poisoning yesterday and feeling pretty crappy today. Luckily I had this post nearly completed beforehand. Will catch up soon!