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FEBRUARY 22 - MARCH 3

ED NOTE: This travel page is for our readers to submit their travel stories and destinations. Please email your articles and pix to mccartymetro@gmail.com. This month's travel page is submitted by Margaret.


Panoramic photo from Caesar's Head in South Carolina

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Adventures from the 10 day road trip Kelly & I took, which included a visit with family in Tennessee, a wedding in sunny Florida, and visiting a National Park in South Carolina, and lots of other things.

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DAY 1: We left on February 22 in a fog in Michigan, which turned to pouring rain in Ohio. It cleared up in Kentucky, but started pouring again in Tennessee which lasted the entire time of our visit with Larry and Gina. When we got to their house, Gina had prepared a delicious meal for the weary travelers. We finished the evening with a couple cocktails while playing "Joke Boat", a fun game.

DAY 2: The next day in the rain, we visited the Garden Conservatory at the Opryland Hotel. We met up with Bob Lopez who works there, and he guided us around before going back to work. We enjoyed lunch at the Opry Backstage Grill where our waiter Josh performed a country tune on stage. We continued on to sample moonshine at Tennessee Legends. Then hung out at Jason Aldean's bar before going to Duck Pin Bowling. Lots of fun! We finished the day with a fancy dinner at Amerigo's Restaurant.

    
Brad Savage next to a BIG guitar - Having a great time - Some lunch at the Backstage Grill
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Our waiter Josh performed a George Strait song - Posing by the Jack Daniels sign - Showing their guns

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A few more pics at Opryland before going to Duck Pin bowling

DAY 3: After another great Gina breakfast, we went to Top Golf - Swing Suite. Lots of fun doing virtual golf, killing zombies, baseball, football, and carnival games. We had dinner back at Larry and Gina's with Gina's brother Joe, his wife and daughter. Lots of good conversation, and another rousing game of "Joke Boat".

Top Golf - Swing Suite was a blast - We all took turns winning at different sports

DAY 4: We packed up, said our goodbyes to Larry and Gina, and headed for the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. We got in about 3pm and it was crowded. Lot's to see, including beluga whales, penguins, tropical fish, albino alligator, and a sea lion show. After the Aquarium, we drove to Macon, GA and stayed the night.

Talk and learn about rays - The sea lion show was great - The beluga whales were impressive - Jelly fish galore

DAY 5: This was basically a travel day which we got to Florida. On the drive, the temps got into the 80's which was wonderful. We got into the hotel in Bradenton, and had dinner at Applebee's to close out the day.

DAY 6: Kelly and I took a morning walk in Heritage Harbor Park by the lake where we saw lots of birds and tropical plants. We got back to the hotel to change into our wedding clothes for an early afternoon wedding and reception. We drove to Palma Sola Botanical Gardens for the outdoor wedding of friends Sue and Victor. She looked like a princess and he was quite dapper in his suit. It was a wonderful event, and the weather was perfect. We won a prize for the longest married couple at the reception. When we got back to the hotel in the evening, we did our Grand brad chat and Kelly did his brothers chat in the McCarty Metro Chat Room.

A lovely morning for a walk at Heritage Harbor Park - Temperatures were in the 70's
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We wait for the nuptials - A beautiful background to a beautiful event - The bride and groom

DAY 7: We met again with the bride and groom, and some other wedding guests for brunch before saying our goodbyes. Kelly & I then drove to Sarasota to go to the Ringling Museum which is a circus museum of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey history along with the gardens. 

Day after brunch - Kelly by a circus mural at the Ringling Museum - A tiger and a cougar?

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No much smaller than his Chevy Trax - Outside on the Gulf of Mexico - In front of the Ringling house Ca'd'zan

DAY 8: We left Bradenton for an all-day drive to Columbia, South Carolina. We had dinner and planned for our park adventures the next day.

DAY 9: Went to Congaree National Park with was about a half hour from our hotel. They had a boardwalk running through the park overlooking Weston Lake, old trees, animals, marshland, palmettos, and remains of an old still from prohibition. It was a self guided walking tour which lasted a couple hours. We then headed to Caesars Head State Park, not before getting my Jack in the Box fix. Awesome views at the top of the mountain although it was a very treacherous, winding road up and down the mountain, but Kelly handled it like a champ. From there we headed to Knoxville to stay the night.

Photos from our visit to Congaree National Park
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Views from around the park - Margaret trailing on the Boardwalk
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Winding road to the top of Caesar's Head State Park - The official sign that we made it - First view from the overlook
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Me taking a closer peek - A breathtaking view - A Selfie from the top

DAY 10: A full day of driving as we were coming home. GREAT TO BE BACK! Also, we downloaded the License Plate Game from below... We saw all the states on our trip except Hawaii, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.


ED NOTE: Over the 10 really long days cooped up alone in the car with me, Margaret did a lot of reading e-books and doing research on gardening. As soon as we got home, she went right to work in the backyard. I wonder what she is going to plant?

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