February 1, 2018

We made it – we’re finally on the road.  In fact, I’m writing this post from Metarie, Louisiana.  Metarie, pronounced “Metry”, is about 8 miles west of New Orleans.  Our ultimate goal is Quartzite, Arizona, a desert town close to the Nevada border.  It’s famous for rocks, geodes and that kind of thing, but we’re going for our first ever Casita Rally.  It is expected that at least 200 little fiberglass travel trailers will converge in this small town for a fun and fabulous weekend.  We’ve never been to one so we thought, why not?

(This photo compliments of Eggshells in the Outerbanks)

Today’s post is to give you the highlights of just a few of the sights between New Jersey and here.  Keep in mind that this is our second go-round, so if you have some free time, you may want to check-out the post from the beginning.

I want to give props to Pomona RV Park & Campground (👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻). We had to flush all the winterizing fluids out of the Casita and fill it with fresh water, and certainly not in our driveway.  I called Pomona and they allowed us to come in, get rid of the anti-freeze, and fill up with fresh water- all for $5 – that’s a deal.  It was very nice of them to allow it, and it solved a huge problem for us.

So I want to give them a little plug with info from their website.

“Pomona RV Park and Campground offers outstanding family camping in the heart of Southern New Jersey’s fabulous shore area. Our shaded campsites can accommodate the biggest of “big rigs”, with picnic tables, fire rings, water, electric, full sewer hookups, and FREE Cable and Wi-Fi! Located just 10 minutes from the Atlantic City Casinos and Boardwalk, we are also within easy and convenient reach of championship public golf courses, fine restaurants, unique shopping, fishing, boating, a wide range of attractions, and world-class beaches at Atlantic City, Brigantine and Ocean City. Our park features a 50 ft. swimming pool, hot tub with Jacuzzi, and a wide range of planned activities for both children and adults. Make your plans and reserve your site for the 2010 camping season today, and enjoy a great weekend or summer vacation with us”!

And here we go…

We saw this car while getting gas, that I’m fairly certain must have come directly from “Pimp My Ride”.  Must have cost a fortune, especially those wheels. Wow!

If you know me, then you know how much I miss the most elegant and eloquent president of my lifetime, Barack Obama.  But not to worry, look what we found in Columbia, South Carolina.


Yep – Obama Gas.  What a hoot !!

We took a ride to Fort Jackson Army Training Center, also in Columbia, South Carolina, for a very special reason.

Tim’s dad was training at Fort Jackson when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, changing all plans.   His bride-to-be traveled from New Jersey to Fort Jackson in February 1942 to be married on-base, and later that year he sailed with his unit to England in preparation for Invasion of Europe.   They were reunited some time after the German surrender in May 1945, newlyweds separated for three years — how that generation was tested!  It was moving to stand at that site and ponder what they experienced. And it was important to me because, under different circumstances, my partner in crime and love, Timothy, might not have been born.  And chances are pretty good that you would not be reading this hard-to-put-down saga.

We’ve visited many National Parks during our travels and have heard about many more, but have you ever heard of Congaree  National Park?  Somehow this one escaped us – until now.

Congaree is not as dramatic as many of the other parks but it is just as important – maybe even more so.  “Astonishing biodiversity exists in Congaree National Park, the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States. Waters from the Congaree and Wateree Rivers sweep through the floodplain, carrying nutrients and sediments that nourish and rejuvenate this ecosystem and support the growth of national and state champion trees”, some of the largest in the USA.  These ancient trees have seen wars, slavery, freedom, and destruction.  Imagine all of the  twenty-seven thousand  acres covered in water several times a year.

The visitor’s center offers an 18 minute movie that brought a tear to my eye.  I was reminded that each and every one of the National Parks has that designation for a reason.  The preservation of nature that is so special it must be saved for future generations.  If you want to know more about Congaree, check out this link – it’s terrific.

Congaree: Where The Trees Are Still Tall – American Forests

Another very important thing just outside the visitor center is a Skeeter Meter.

The day we were there, it was at level 1, all clear, but look at 4, 5,and 6.  YIKES!!!  I think we need one of these in the visitor center at Forsythe Wildlife Center near our home.  One other important thing about the creatures who love human blood is that they may be the very reason that this area wasn’t devastated by humans.  The meter registered at War Zone at important times in history.  Thank goodness the blood suckers  won the war (never thought I’d ever say such a thing).

On the road to Graniteville, SC, we saw this amazing untouched photo of a double rainbow near sunset..


We came across a most disturbing monument in North Augusta, South Carolina,  a Monument to a White Supremacist Martyr.  In 1876 there was a battle in South Carolina between a black federal militia who called it a “massacre”,  and a white mob of about 100 men who called it a “riot”.  Six black men and one white man were killed.

Forty years passed, and segregation was firmly in place.  The state erected a monument to the one white guy who died, 23-year old Tom Meriwether.  After 40 years, you would think Tom’s motives for being in the mob were a bit hazy, but not to the monument-builders.  According to the inscription (below), Tom was a” young hero” who died “maintaining those civic and social institutions which the men and women of his race had struggled through the centuries to establish in South Carolina”.  “In life he exemplified the highest ideal of Anglo-Saxon civilization.  By his death he assured to the children of his beloved land the supremacy of that ideal”.

This is my WTF stance.

These are inscriptions on the 4 sides of the obelisk in order.

We found this monument to be extremely offensive.  With all the stuff going on with wanting to tear down any statue of Robert E Lee, it seems to me that this one should be first.  Someone should take a sledge hammer and bust this into a million pieces. End of rant.

Well not quite the end.  Check out the inscription on this monument honoring The Confederacy in Augusta, Georgia.



I want to end this post on a fun note.  While in high school, James Brown was Tim’s favorite musician.  And so in Augusta, Georgia, we found this tribute.


and the best for last…

My man with James Brown, in Augusta, G-A, HEY!!!

See you in just a few days.  After all, who wants to miss Wrong Way Catholic Cemetery ???

10 thoughts on “PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG

  1. Ann Marie Palmer

    Hi Janet!
    You two have the best adventures. Thanks for sharing them.
    Please see if there’s a place reserved for me in the Wrong Way Catholic place. I think I qualify.
    Safe travels. Enjoy!
    Ann Marie

  2. Bill Reed

    Good one, Janet! Quite a swing from Obama Gas Station to the other stuff. We’re going to be passing through some of the same areas on a trip to Key West coming up in April. A little apprehensive about spending much time in heart of the Red States.
    Hope your trip goes well!!

  3. Mary

    How in the world did you find Obama Gas??? And wholey crap with monuments to white supremacy! Take a tour of Mardi Gras World if you have time in NOLA. They make Mardi Gras Float figures while you are walking around watching. It is amazing.

    1. Takin' Breeze Post author

      Hi Mary It’s so good to hear from you. Strange what you can find out there. But I must say, those monuments were simply amazing, and not in a good way…


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