Our guest editor is Bun Bun, a very affectionate and clever young lady(?) in Panama City, FL. She likes celery, rose petals, digging holes in the front yard, and being with people who are lying on the couch watching tv or reading a book. She is assisting ms ssam with some pictures of the Flint Riverquarium in Albany GA.
We arrived in Albany around 11:30a -1200, but were not hungry since we had consumed a half bag of M-n-
M's, and had eaten a BOX LUNCH of egg biscuits and danishes. Yes, a real shoebox lined with foil and paper towels. It was quicker that finding somewhere to stop btween here and Albany, although I really want to stop at the Waffle Iron in Marianna next time. Our young friend HB came with us. She is a Griffin native and both of her parents grew up there. I hope to do interviews with each of them. Mr B says he hunted and fished around Potato Creek, and the Flint. She is also an accomplished photographer, as the two river scenes attest.
We first visited the exhibits, which highlight the animal and plant life on the Flint River, including a giant 190? year old turtle, eels, giant grouper, alligators, and more. Oh yeah- the snake bubble, yes you too can put your face up to a giant rattlesnake, separated only by a plexiglass bubble!
Richard Grove [site here ] did a slide show on his trip down the Flint. He did not get to finish this one because of a severe eye infection, but has been able to give school groups paddling adventures, notably Mrs. Swain's Tift County High School AP Environmental Science class, on Friday. The slide here is showing the 'headwaters' of the Flint, under an overpass of GA 85, I suppose around the Farmer's Market. I didn't get to ask him because he was talking to so many other people.
We ate across the street at 2 Scoops, where we had delicious fresh chicken salad, and really delicious gelato style ice cream. Then we went down to the actual river, where my guest photog HB shot these great pics. Not only is the river gorgeous, but the park is convienently located btween two extremely picturesque sights, the trestle, and the bridge.
Chehaw is here, but I haven't been yet, and a downtown museum is just up the river one block, but I haven't had time to go there yet, either. I always am wanting to see the Mitchells', and my kittens want to see them, and the mall. We'll have to do some GA Retail Memories stuff there, too; it's where I got my ears pierced in 4th grade! Linda disdained the ear piercing idea; but EM came through and convinced Linda to allow her to give that to me as a birthday present. We went to the mall, to Bailey Banks and Biddle [ which I was dissapointed to know does not have a location there any more] and I got my ears pierced! Incidentally, I caught my first fish in Albany either by the radium springs, or in the River. I was 4, so all I remember is catching the fish with Steve and his friends.
[Add. 5/14/07] Rail road memories here-just found this site- thanks in a round a bout way to S Bramlett-look on today's post for an East Point RR scene- will try to find more about this artist- ms ssam