Hampton Inn Aiken
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Today we push on from. Birmingham, Alabama to cross the State of Georgia from West to East. We will drive for about 4.5 hours today with Augusta as our final destination. Driving was good with a wee bit of misty rain at fiirst but finally blue skies and sunshine broke through. It was so wonderful to finally see some sunshine after several days ...
After a fun early Christmas weekend with our daughters, son-in-laws and grandkids, we started off on the first leg of our trip - driving down to Aiken, South Carolina. My brother and his wife own a house and property just outside of this small, historic town and they kindly let us stay at their 'ranch' before we fly off to Africa fr om the Atlanta airport.
We have nicknamed their property Morning Glory Ranch because of the beautiful sunrises that we ...
... aspect was that it didn't seem like a wealthy town. I assume that the golf club members come here for the day and the high tail it back to their mansions.
We went to the golf course and I spoke to the security guard who was just inside the entry gates. He advised me very politely that I was trespassing and that I could take as many photo's as I liked as long as I was outside of the gates.
This meant that I got a great shot of the ...
... of history surrounding Aiken. I have to say I was blown away. Cathy took us to a beautiful museum with several floors and rooms to view which was housed in an old Mansion. VERY COOL!!
Historic Inns - The Wilcox Inn (1898-1940) - The doorman wouldn't let you in if you were not wearing Johnson & Murphy brand shoes. He would simply say that the Inn was full! Some of the notables who came to this Inn were: Mrs. J.J. Astor; ...
... walked from room to room in Mark’s home, I felt and saw Haven everywhere, which was strangely comforting. Some of her collectables brought back such vivid and fond memories that at times I felt like she was going to walk through the door. Her big sweet kitty, Buddy Love, hasn’t lost one of his robust 30 lbs. after years of dieting. What a love machine and great companion for Mark.
Roy and Patti managed to squeeze in a golf game on ...