Cummings is a short distance from Atlanta, Georgia
A couple of years ago at our Navy group’s annual reunion I met up with an old buddy that I had not seen since our days in Frobisher Bay in 1966! He had subsequently left the navy and ended up working in the USofA and had married an American lady. At that time he said that any time we were down that way we were welcome stay for a visit. This is the second time that we have spent some time with Eric. The first being after the InterAmericas Hash in 2013 hosted by Savannah. At that time he extended the invitation and when we decided to go on our cruise I informed Eric that we would be down that away again and he said to be sure and drop in. Once again we took him up on that invitation.
17 February 2015
After we departed New Smyrna Beach, Florida it was a straight forward drive to Cummings. I had set the GPS for the fastest route and that is the way we went. We made one long hour stop for lunch and eventually reached Cummings at about 7:30pm. Our hosts were eagerly awaiting us and had a delicious chilli waiting.
18 February 2015
After breakfast and enjoying watching the birds come to the various feeders it was decided that we would make a trip into Atlanta and visit one of the museums. Setting out all was well until we were about one third of the way and Eric lost all electrical power. He pulled over to the side of the road and found that he had no electricity at all. Luckily he had his cell phone and called his local mechanic who gave him the number of a tow-truck. It was about an hour’s wait until the tow-truck arrived but luckily, even though it was a tight fit, we could all fit in the double cab. Sadly that put the end to the thought of any further afternoon activities. It then spent relaxing for the rest of the afternoon and take away pizza.
19 February 2015
We could not believe how cold it was in Cummings. We had been expecting cool weather but nothing as cold as it was. All the time that we were there, there was ice covering the branches of the trees and even a bit of snow in the woods. Eric suggested that we take a walk through Sharon Springs Park, something that they do on a more or less daily basis. Of course we were up for it and then it was off to the movies. Eric had wanted to see ‘American Sniper’ so that is just where we went. My impression of the movie - 90% American propaganda.
It was out to supper at Longhorn which is a steak restaurant and the four of us shared an awesome chocolate dessert. Originally we were going to get two to share but the waitress suggested that one would be enough for the four of us and she was right.
20 to 22 February 2015
The Return Home
Even though Eric wanted us to stay a couple of days longer we decided that we should be leaving on Friday the 20th. We had been listening to the weather forecast and the next couple of days was supposed to be good weather, and then change to snow. The weather was quite favourable until we reached Virginia the next day when we ran into a snow storm. Wendy took her time and while we did not make any great distance we remained safe. At one time just outside of Falling Waters, Virginia I counted 7 cars in the ditch within one mile. We also saw one pickup truck spin out and slam into the guard rail. We stopped to see if they were ok and were assured that there are no injures. As you will be able to see in the photos even an armoured vehicle was not immune to accidents. The southern drivers are not used to driving in this weather and so many of them attempted to maintain the speed limit, which as we well know, is not a good idea on snow covered roads. We saw the evidence of this when one SUV passed us on the left shoulder on an overpass. No sooner had he passed us that he begin to fishtail. Luckily he was able to gain control without hitting the concrete barrier or the other vehicles on his right.
The rest of the trip home was uneventful and when we got to the border we were the only car in line and had a bit of a chat with the CBSA agent.
All in all the entire trip down, the cruise, our time with friends in Florida and Georgia, and the drive home was well worth it. So much so that we are planning another trip next year.