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S: Summer Adventures 2011

FC: Summer Fun 2011 Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and California

2: We started our 2011 Family Summer Adventure in Pensacola, Florida. During early June 2011, we visited Maw Maw and our cousins.


5: Our Cousins

8: Stone Mountain is a quartz monzonite dome monadnock in Stone Mountain, Georgia. At its summit, the elevation is 1,686 feet and 825 feet above the surrounding area. Stone Mountain granite extends underground 9 miles (14 km) at its longest point into Gwinnett County. Numerous reference books and Georgia literature have dubbed Stone Mountain as “the largest exposed” rock in the world. | Stone Mountain is well-known not only for its geology, but also for the enormous bas-relief on its north face, the largest bas-relief in the world. The carving depicts three figures of the Confederate States of America: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis. | Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I Have a Dream speech includes the line "let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia." The top of the mountain is a landscape of bare rock and rock pools, and it provides views of the surrounding area including the skyline of downtown Atlanta, often Kennesaw Mountain, and on very clear days even the Appalachian Mountains.

9: The clear freshwater pools of the summit form by rainwater gathering in eroded depressions, and are home to unusual clam shrimp and fairy shrimp. The tiny shrimp appear only during the rainy season, and it is believed that the adult shrimp die when the pools dry up, leaving behind eggs to survive until the next rains.

11: The Peanut Monument, located in Turner County, was designated the Official Peanut Monument in 1998. At one time, peanuts were the number one cash crop in Georgia and were largely responsible for keeping many Turner County families fed. In honor of the importance of the peanut, one of Ashburn's citizens erected what some call the "Worlds Largest Peanut. The monument is approximately 20 feet tall. | The Uncle Remus Museum is located in Turner Park, three blocks south of the courthouse on Highway 441 in Eatonton, Georgia. The museum is a log cabin made from three original Putnam County slave cabins. The building is similar to the one occupied by Uncle Remus, the lovable character made famous by Mr. Harris. The American version of the story is said to have originated among enslaved Africans. For both Africans and African Americans, the animal trickster represents an extreme form of behavior which people may be forced to emulate in extreme circumstances in order to survive. The trickster is not to be admired in every situation; he is an example of what to do, but also an example of what not to do. The trickster's behavior can be summed up in the common African proverb: "It's trouble that makes the monkey chew on hot peppers." In other words, sometimes people must use extreme measures in extreme circumstances. Although Joel Chandler Harris collected materials for his famous series of books featuring the character Br'er Rabbit in the 1870s, the Br'er Rabbit cycle had been recorded earlier among the Cherokees: The "tar baby" story was printed in an 1845 edition of the Cherokee Advocate the same year Joel Chandler Harris was born. Rabbit and Hare myths abound among Algonquin Indians in Eastern North America, particularly under the name Nanabozho. The Great Hare is generally regarded as the supreme deity among tribes in eastern Canada.

12: Reedy River was once the site of Cherokee settlements. It became a huge part of Cherokee life and aided them in their survival. This river and its surrounding area began to become settled by the British in 1777, which started process of making the river what it is today. Homes, schools, stores and churches, were all located along the river. Mills were being built along the falls to use the river as a source of power. Ruins of these mills still remain along the riverbanks today.

13: The Liberty Bridge is located just downstream from this group of waterfalls, replacing a 6-lane highway bridge that was demolished to improve the visibility and accessibility to the falls and adjacent park. The bridge has a curved clear span over the river that curves away from the falls, providing visitors with an aerial amphitheater from which to view the cascading water. The link gently slopes into the ravine and is supported by twin inclined towers and a single suspension cable with thin cable suspenders only on the side away from the falls, allowing for unobstructed views. The bridge, with a total length of approximately 380' and a clear span of 200', appears to float over the landscape.

16: We docked in Beaufort, North Carolina., for ice cream | Shakleford Island

17: Shackleford Island is part of barrier island system in the Southern Outer Banks North Carolina, just off the town of Beaufort. It contains a herd of feral horses, scallop, crabs and various sea animals, including summer nesting by loggerhead turtles. | We saw wild ponies, went shelling, caught minnow and mullet, and swam.

24: The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is a 163-foot high lighthouse located on the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina. It flashes every 15 seconds and is visible at least 12 miles out to sea and up to 19 miles. The Cape Lookout Light is one of the very few lighthouses that operate during the day. It became fully automated in 1950. The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is the only such structure in the United States to bear the checkered daymark, intended not only for differentiation between similar light towers, but also to show direction. The side points of the black diamonds point in a north-south direction, while the side points of the white diamonds point east-west. The present lighthouse was completed and lit on November 1, 1859 at a cost of $45,000, which Congress approved in 1857. The first lighthouse at Cape Lookout was completed and lighted in 1812at a cost of more than $20,000, which Congress authorized in 1804.

28: NEW BERN, NC Originally a Swiss settlement, the city is named after the capital of Switzerland, Bern and has a similar flag. | New Bern is the second oldest town in North Carolina (1710) and served as the capital of the North Carolina colonial government and then briefly as the state capital.

29: We went on a bear hunt by following bear claw prints. Each bear’s unique design coincides with New Bern’s 300th Anniversary Celebration in 2010. Here are just a few of the 15 bears we found. There are 50 bears.... maybe next year we will find more!

32: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

35: Happy Father's Day


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41: A Day to Give Thanks

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