Travels with Bentley

Travels with Bentley
Bentley - our Heartland Bighorn

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

September 21-22, 2015 - Columbus, GA - R Shaefer Heard Campground (West Point Lake)

Tuesday, September 21, 2015 - Columbus GA - R Shaefer Heard Campground (West Point Lake)

Tuesday, September 21, 2015
We left the Old Salem Campground  in Greensboro, GA about 10:15 this morning heading toward Columbus, GA.  We will actually be a few miles north of Columbus.  The campground is part of a Corps of Engineer Lake.  When we were about an hour from the campground I told Dean we needed to find a place to pull over as I needed a break.  We drove all the way through a town (I cannot remember its name now) with no place to pull over.  I was looking ahead on Google maps and saw there was an Ingles grocery store coming up and it not only had a large parking lot that had LOTS of area to park Bentley but they also had a café in the store.  So after making use of Bentley's facilities, we decided we would just go in and have lunch and give them some of our business for the use of their parking lot. 
I really like the Ingles grocery stores.  We first discovered them in Asheville.  The food at the café met with mixed feelings.  I loved mine, sliced turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy but Dean said his was just okay.  He had baked chicken, macaroni and cheese and green beans.  He said the mac and cheese was pretty good but wasn't fond of the chicken at all.  But you could not beat the price at $5.00 per meal.  They gave us a lot of food for the price.
We pulled into our camp site at R Shaefer Heard Campground on West Point Lake about 3:15.  We only traveled 159 miles but with the stop at Ingles and the 20-30 minutes it took at the park office we arrived later than we anticipated.  The park office was swamped with RV's coming in.  They told us it has been crazy and they are almost full for this coming weekend.
Once we found our site, I understand why.  This is a beautiful lake and the sites are large, level and we were fortunate to get one right on the water.  There are several loops in the park with 117 camp sites.  We have full hook-ups, which I was not expecting, but we are thrilled about.
Then the fun started.  We already have to be careful opening the slide to make sure it does not drag on the floor since the roller is missing.  Although we made several attempts to find a camper service to work on it they all told us they are backed up several weeks.  So far we're doing okay, but today after we got the slides out I started to set things up and wow - I noticed the frame around the fireplace was hanging half off and the bottom part of the couch had fallen to the ground, and it had moved out away from the wall so far that it's a wonder we didn't scrape the material with the slide when we put it out.

You can see how the right side has dropped down.

Notice how little of the wall you can see by the couch near the floor.  When that wood slides in it just brushed the front of the couch.

Here you can see the frame came off of the fireplace.

We are pretty sure we know when this happened.  We had to go over two railroad tracks just short distances from each other during our drive here.  While Dean slowed down considerably for both, they were extremely rough.  We commented at the time that we wondered what we would find when we stopped.  I have to admit we didn't quite expect to find this.  I'm always worried my coffee pot will bounce off the countertop, but it sits closer to the front.  It seems like the back takes the hardest hits.   Besides the crossings being rough, there must have been some pot holes right at them that just really bounced the back end.  There was no sign to indicate it was a bad crossing and we couldn't have been going very fast at all.  Dean remarked he guess he should just barely be moving when he goes over them in the future.  We spent the next 1.5-2 hours getting these two things fixed.  The frame around the fireplace was quite simple, but the couch was a different matter.  Come to find out, we have a slide out drawer underneath the couch, which if we ever knew we had this, we totally forgot about it.  Wish we had realized it when we had Tucker and Logan with us on the trip to South Dakota.  It would have been great for storing their bedding and pillows. 
The problem was the drawer had come off it's slide and parts had fallen out of the slide mechanism.  Dean had to put it back together and it was not an easy task.  We also found the couch had been attached to the floor, to keep it from moving around, and that screw had pulled out of the floor, so it had to be reattached.  So, heads up, Georgia and Virginia have really rough roads.  We have complained about Highway 69 in Oklahoma but at least nothing like this has even came close to happening.
Needless to say by the time all of that was done and Dean had placed a 2 x 4 under the slide to lift it up where the roller is missing (this alleviates the weight of the refrigerator) we were pretty stressed.  
It was very nice when we arrived, the temperature was about 70. It was very pleasant sitting outside Bentley to relax a bit. 
Since we had a big dinner, we just made sandwiches for dinner and followed that up with some fresh fruit.  I've been making a large container of cut up fruit every few days that we enjoy at least once and sometimes twice a day.  Sure helps us stay away from the ice cream and snacks.
We took a walk around the campground this evening, about .75 mile.  It was almost cold and I was glad to get back to Bentley.  We settled in to watch the new episode of Big Bang Theory and then Dancing with the Stars. 
I worked on uploading pictures to the Asheville blog post I am still working on.  I still have LOTS of pictures to add so it may be a few more days before I get it finished but I promise I'll get it done.

Wednesday, September 22, 2015
After we got up and around this morning, had our breakfast and I did a little straightening up we headed to LaGrange, GA, just up the road about 15 miles or so.  I needed to do some laundry.  I was just so impressed with their downtown square and the beautiful fountain with pink water.  They are preparing for a big "Breast Cancer Awareness Event". 

Click on the picture to enlarge it where you can see the pink water in the fountain.

Once we found the Laundromat, we spent the next 1.5-2 hours getting all of it done.  Thank goodness that job is out of the way for the next 2 weeks.  I told Dean today I am ready to buy a combination washer/dryer for Bentley.  We do not enjoy visiting Laundromats.  While the one we used today was nicer than most, they are just so hot, and uncomfortable to sit around in the chairs they provide for that long, and they are expensive.  It was over $10 for the three washers, and $5 for three dryers.  I'd rather do a load every day in Bentley in comfort than do all of it once every 1.5-2 weeks even if it is all done in 2 hours. 

On the way back I snapped a few pictures as we entered the park.

R. Shaefer Heard Campground

Park Office - lots of room for RV's to park --- and it can get backed up with so many coming in at once, like when we arrived.
Once we returned to Bentley, Dean started getting things out for lunch while I put some things away.  Once we had lunch over with and our work done here we decided to drive back to LaGrange and do their downtown walking tour.  We really liked the community when we were there earlier and wanted to see more of it.  It is a very active community.  They have a beautiful college and a lot of cultural activities such as theater, art and a community orchestra.  The people have definitely taken an interest in their downtown and it holds much historical significance.  There are several very nice shops and restaurants right in the square area of downtown. 
We visited a couple of antique/flea market stores.  They were very nice and very nicely set up, but we just do not need anything.  I did find one pillow that I loved that had a global look to it with the saying “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”  But, I was not willing to pay over $60 for it. 
After leaving the second store, we walked down the block to begin the downtown walking tour.  And this is what we saw:

Legacy Museum
and the Troup County Archives occupy the 1917 LaGrange National Bank building.  Hoggson Brothers of New York designed the Neoclassical-style building.  Banks and local businesses operated here until the building was renovated for use by the Troup County Archives in 1983.  Following another major renovation, Legacy Museum opened in 2008 and features a permanent gallery of area history and a rotating exhibits gallery.  The Archives, now on second floor, includes a local history and genealogy research library and houses local records for the city, county and school system.

Del'avant opened in 2011 after Callaway Foundation, Inc., combined the 1913 Art Deco Kress building and the 1924 commercial style 5 & Dime building into an events center, restaurant, and condominium apartments.  You can see Kress embossed at the top of the building to the left.

LaGrange Art Museum
This Victorian building served as the county jail form its construction in 1892 until 1946.  It was rehabilitated as an art museum in 1976.  Paintings now hang where once criminals were hanged. 

Troup County Complex - this was a beautiful building and was quite large.

Hotel Colonial
Anna, Ethel, and Lois Young, sisters, added this Georgian hotel to their home in 1922.  The building, designed by Ivey and Crook, has had several incarnations as apartments and offices.

City Hall
Lockwood and Poundstone designed the only City Hall building that LaGrange has ever owned.  Local Masons joined city leaders in laying the cornerstone in December 1926.  The Neoclassical building sits on the site of the old city-county jail.

First Baptist Church
Designed as a state-of-the-art 21st century meeting house, the sanctuary remains on the Square and preserves most of the classical architecture of the 19th century.  Later historic features are the 1922 stained glass windows and the oldest Skinner organ in Georgia.  The steeple houses a 49 bell carillon, which is among the largest in the Southeast.  The church building runs the full length of the block on the right side of the church.  It's massive!

Lafayette Square
Four Troop County courthouses stood here from 1828 to 1936.  In 1949, a park and fountain were dedicated to the founders of Troup County.  In 1975, the statue of Lafayette, from whose French estate LaGrange received its name, was added.
We absolutely loved how they made the water pink for the Breast Cancer Awareness.

Just loved the way this looked.

We did not complete the entire downtown walking tour.  We were tired and getting very hungry, so we headed back to Bentley after we reached the point where we had parked the truck.  After dinner of breakfast burritos we took another walk around the campground, about 1.5 miles tonight.  Here are a few pictures I took.

Our View

Loved the way the sun was hitting the trees in this picture.

Our sunset tonight.  So beautiful!

Our campsite.

Tomorrow we will be heading on south to The Sweet Home Alabama Campground at Greenville, AL.  Talk to you soon!

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