Hernando, Florida to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, 1,360 Miles
Forsyth, Georgia, June 18th – June 22nd
On Day 2 I visited the beautiful historic downtown area of Macon, which has several historic homes open for tours. This time through I visited The Cannonball House, which is named after the projectile that came through the living room wall during the Civil War (even though it wasn’t actually a cannonball!). A few miles away is the prehistoric mound site at Ocmulgee National Monument, which has a museum and recreated earth lodge built around an original 1,000-year-old floor.
On Day 3 I finally made it to Georgia Aquarium! After years of driving back & forth, each time thinking I’ll go see the whale sharks & then deciding I didn’t feel like dealing with Atlanta, this time I finally went. It was AMAZING, I could seriously sit there & watch the whale sharks swim around all day, it’s very calming in the dark theater with the blue water & these super chill animals just drifting slowly around their tank. Apparently they were shipped in from Thailand via UPS, just like all the junk I buy on Amazon. They have tons of other stuff to see as well, including a dolphin show (avoid the first 10 rows if you don’t want to get wet), sea lions, penguins, & thousands of fish from a variety of ecosystems.
On the way back to Forsyth I stopped at High Falls State Park, which has some nice trails along a river as well as an abandoned ruin of a power plant. It’s fenced off but the profusion of graffiti says that a lot of people ignore said fence. It’s still really cool to see though. On Day 4 I had lunch in Juliette (where parts of the movie Fried Green Tomatoes was filmed at the Whistle Stop Cafe & they never let you forget it) & stopped by the historic Jarrell Plantation, where all of the original buildings are open for visiting. It was owned by the same family for 140 years before the founder’s descendants donated the property to the state. Also they have goats to pet, & it just doesn’t get any better than that.
Next stop: trains & battlefields in Chattanooga, Tennessee!