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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 ...
Drove 140 miles on 2.5 hours.
The purpose of this stop was to take a peak at the legendary Augusta National Golf Course, the home of the US Masters golf tournament.
The town itself is nondescript for such a famous location. Its hard to fathom where the spectators and media would stay during the tournament as its not a large town and dining and entertainment options are limited.
... Brown had a home in Aiken.
Polo was first played in Aiken in 1882. Polo ponies were imported by Tom Hitchcock in the 1880's. Tom and Tommy Hitchcock were considered to be the best at Polo (10 goalers). It is said that F. Scott Fitzgerald is quoted as saying that Tommy Hitchcock was the basis for "The Great Gatsby." Whitney field remains the oldest polo field still in existence.
And, of course, there is more, but I will spare you!!!
... the Bartram Country Club and Mark showed us some of the local area sights including the gates of the beautiful Augusta National Golf Club and downtown Augusta, which is pretty cool.
This trip was a bit of a blast from the past and confirmed we can no longer hang with the big dogs and function properly. Back to the comfortable role of grandparents as we head north to spend couple of days with our son Shawn and his beautiful family in New Bern, NC.