If I do decide to go to the South this winter there's two areas that interest me more than others, and where I would be most interested in spending a month at an RV Park. One area is around Greenville South Carolina and the other would be around Cordele Georgia.
The Greenville South Carolina area is where I lived when I was about 10 to 14 years old, and during that time I actually lived in two different towns, Simpsonville and Mauldin. I was there because my dad was stationed at Donaldson Air Force Base, which has been closed for a long time now, and I believe has been turned into an industrial park.
But I have great memories of my growing up in the Greenville area and going to Paris Mountain on Sunday afternoons after church, me fishing and swimming in the lake, and my dad putting a watermelon in the lake to keep it cool.
And sometimes during the summer we would drive up to Cherokee North Carolina for a few days and I would get to wade in the ice cold river that runs through town, and wander around all of the Indian tourist shops selling rubber Tomahawk's and other gen-u-wine Indian artifacts.
So just being able to drive around the places I lived, played and went to school would bring back a lot of memories to me. Heck I even learned to drive there. My dad had a 1953 Ford with the gearshift on the column and he taught me to drive in that car. I know it sounds like I was too young to drive, but driving young was a way of life back then, and like I mentioned before in my blog the high school seniors drove the school buses that I rode to school in.
The other place I want to spend some time in is Cordele Georgia. My Mom and Dad are both buried there as is a lot of my other relatives, and I guess if I had to pick a place where my roots are, it would be South Georgia. I've never had any desire to live there, I guess I never found the red clay and the sulfur water all that attractive. But the Hickory forests, boiled peanuts, Muscadine wine, and the sharecropper's cabin that my grandparents lived in, still calls out to me.