Georgia Veterans State Park is
located in an almost tropical South Central Georgia near
Cordele. It's campground, lodge, and cottages are located on the
banks of Lake Blackshear, one of the best fishing lakes in the
Southeastern US. The campground is perfect for fishing because
you can anchor right off shore or tie-up to the dock. There is
also a marina on the property.
The campground is
very nice with spacious pull- through sites parallel to the
lake, very rare! At most campgrounds, waterfront sites are
typically back-in and very narrow. There is no lack of real
estate here, so the sites are nice and wide. Each gravel site is
relatively level and features a fire ring/grill combo.
Georgia Veterans State Park is the home to a veterans museum.
Inside the museum are many examples of uniforms and small arms
from various countries, both ally and enemy. Outside is an
interesting collection of heavy armament such as tanks and
State Park is also a key stop for the
Line train. You can hop on here and ride to Plains, Georgia,
home of former president Jimmy Carter.
This adventure turned out to be just that, an adventure. The
expected became the unexpected, and the unexpected became
the expected... rather unexpectedly.
Ok, so the plan was
to head South with some friends in February. South to a warmer
climate. What better time to visit the hot sweaty South Georgia
than in the Winter. As the departure day neared, the forecast
became very unusual for the region. Snow! Snow in Cordele,
Georgia! This was a rare event indeed. We bought some tubes and
took off work early to get ahead of the weather. We were stoked!
Snow in South Georgia!
It snowed hard on us
most of the way to Cordele, but the roads were pretty warm and
stayed clear right up until we arrived at Georgia Veterans State
Park. We found our site and began setting-up. Flakes were the
size of golf balls, and splatted when they hit the ground. It
was a wet snow, and it was stacking-up fast.
By the time I'd
finished hooking us up it was snowing very hard, it was really
cold, and the sun was gone. I had the unpopular task of sending
the kids inside, assuring them that the snow would be piled-up
good in the morning ready for play. Tubing, snowmen, and
snowball fights would fill our day. They were excited, I was
optimistic, I was sadly mistaken.
When we got up
Saturday morning, all the snow was gone. The white precipitation
had turned to rain sometime during the night and washed the snow
away. It was cold outside as well as inside. Daddy was not the
most popular resident at the campsite, at least for a while. All
was soon forgiven though, it was, after all, my Birthday.
We spent the
remainder of time at the park fishing and exploring the museum.
It was a very cold weekend, so we kept a fire roaring all the
time. We celebrated valentines day and Lee Thomas' Birthday
while on this trip as well.
On President's day, we hopped on the Sam's Shortline Train to
Plains, home of former President Jimmy Carter. There was an
actor on the train impersonating Teddy Roosevelt. He spoke at an
auditorium in Plains, and was entertaining although he probably
should have rehearsed a little more. We had previously visited
the childhood home of President Carter, so this was more about
the train ride than anything. One thing of note regarding
Plains, there is no ATM. Yes, that's right, as of the time of
our last visit, Plains has no ATM, anywhere, not even the bank.
In Summary, this is
an awesome park. Without a doubt, this is an awesome destination
in warmer weather. Fishing and water sports are what this place
is made for. Its' good this time of year normally. We just
happened upon an unusual weather event. On the bright side, we
didn't see a single gator.
The Richardson Tribe
After publishing this page, I
noticed the rather obvious display of a Nazi flag in the lower
right picture. Trust me. This museum has many flags from many
countries, both ally and enemy.
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