Historic Madison, GA

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

7:00 a.m.

It seems like me and the dogs have been sleeping better in the last week.  Maybe we're finally getting used to sleeping in the RV!  We went for a walk - it was a chilly 35° but the rain had stopped.  It was eerily foggy!  I wished I had taken my phone to snap a pic!

11:00 a.m.

After a leisurely morning of emails, social media, blogging and breakfast (egg in a frame), I set about cancelling our reservations for Florida, Alabama, etc.  I thought I would be a lot more sad about doing this but I wasn't - I just kept thinking about the money we were saving that we could put towards Alaska!  And I know we will definitely explore Florida soon!

I don't know if you can tell but Charlie was asleep on the back of the couch and Truman was asleep beside the blanket.  It was so nice to see the sun!

1:00 p.m.

We drove to nearby Madison, Georgia.  I had read online how cute and historic this town was - and we didn't want to drive all the way into Atlanta and fight that traffic. 

We found the cheapest place to get diesel thanks to Gas Buddy and ate lunch at Cracker Barrel (we used up the rest of a gift card someone had given us).  I ate my favorite chicken and dumplings - Clinton got the meatloaf lunch special.

We then drove to the historic downtown area and went to the visitor's center.  The lady that worked there was super sweet.  She gave us a map of the historic area and recommended that we walk the route instead of driving it to truly appreciate it.  She was right!  It was a beautiful afternoon and the temperature rose to a comfortable 57°. 

Madison's claim to fame is that the town was so beautiful, it was spared General Sherman's torch in his march to the sea during the Civil War.  Today over 50 antebellum homes remain intact.  Here are a few of them:

There were a couple of homes that were for sale we would love to buy!

That first one is a real fixer-upper! 

We stopped in at a cute deli/market and the owner let us try a southern delicacy - boiled peanuts!  They're everywhere!  And they're GROSS!  Who ever thought boiling peanuts in their shells was a good idea?  They're so good when they're firm and crunchy - not when they're soft like cooked potatoes. 

After we finished walking around Madison, we picked up some groceries at Walmart and then headed back to the campground. 

5:00 p.m.

We got back to the campground and took the dogs for a walk down by the lake.  There was a beautiful sunset.

We ended up not eating dinner since we were still full from lunch.  That sure does give me more time to do other things at night!  So what did I do - baked cookies lol!  I really love baking cookies - especially around Christmas so I baked some shortbread cookies.  Unfortunately our RV oven just doesn't stay lit.  But I got one batch baked at least! 

Here's the breakdown of our costs from Tuesday:

My happy moments today were:

  • the foggy morning walk with the dogs followed by the sunny morning in the RV
  • walking by all those beautiful, historic homes in Madison
  • baking cookies in the RV
I hope you had some happy moments Tuesday as well!

Wednesday we drive a little over 2 hours to Vogel State Park - northeast of Atlanta.  We will stay there two nights.  

Until then - stay happy Campers!

Michele and Clinton


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