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... time to chill out we went out to find a spot for supper. We discovered the Augusta Mall nearby and had a deli dinner at McAllister's Deli. We then checked out the Mall which was very upscale. Things were beginning to close but we did manage to discover a great store called Charming Charlie where I had fun looking at all the fun jewellery ...
... Cotton plants that nornally are about 4 feet tall were only about 2 feet.
Aiken is a bigger version of Elora - a touristy town with lots of interesting little nooks and crannies. The roads in town are wide with overhanging branches. Must be pretty in the Spring as there are lots of magnolia trees and beautiful historic mansions. Good coffee shops and lots of antique shops. Quite the history here.
From what I read, there were three major ...
... 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 ...
... 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.