On Thursday, October 12 Maxine and I said our goodbyes to the beach life and packed up and headed inland, and South to “Hamburg State Park” just south of Augusta, Georgia. We had spent the last few days at Myrtle Beach State Park on the South Carolina shore. Two reasons for stopping here first was to visit my friends Ernie and Karen who just recently moved to this area from Wisconsin. We had a couple of very nice visits they got to see my new rig and I went and saw their new house. They’re still working on unpacking because they’ve only been down here about four weeks. Maxine and I did spend some time on the beautiful beaches that the park has to offer. Here’s a picture of the fishing pier in the park. The weather has been unseasonably warm and humid, which made the beach more inviting than ever. The water of the ocean feel very nice. You could wander up and down this whole beach taking it all in. Maxine and I will both miss the opportunity of going in the water and enjoying the beaches. So she had a say her goodbyes, with one last romp in the sea. But I’m sure we will find some time to make our way to the ocean this winter.
From Myrtle Beach it was about a 5 Hour drive to our new home for the next few months, Hamburg State Park in central Georgia. This is the park I will be hosting at from now till the end of January. So if you’re passing through make sure you stop by and say hi we will have lots of room for you. Right now the weekends are pretty full up but it’s quiet during the week. And after December first it’s all on a first-come first-served basis. This is a very nice 400+ acre park that totally surrounds Hamburg Lake which is a 225 acre reservoir that was formed by the building of the dam and mill. There been a couple mills on the property but the present mill was built in 1921 and is still operational. On certain events they run the mill, demonstrating its operation and actually make grits and cornmeal that they sell in the store. Here’s a couple photos of the mill standing below the lake. The park has a very large well-kept up day use area, boat launch and you can even rent canoes, kayaks and boats. The lake is restricted to a 10 horse outboard or smaller, and there is no boats allowed on the water from sunset to sunrise. The campground only has 30 campsites, all which have electric (50/30 amp service) and water right at the sites. There’s a dump station available to empty your tanks when you leave. All the sites will handle big rigs 40 feet or more. The rates at the park are $28 per night for a campsite, plus a five dollars per vehicle fee. There is a discount rate for the campsites for seniors making at $22.40. There are further discounts for just tents and disabled veterans. The other nice thing is almost all the sites are right on the water. Here’s a few photos of some of the sites. My site sits high on the hill next to the other host site adjacent to the comfort station. The park has many large pine trees but it has a very nice opened feel to it, with good spacing between most of the sites. Some of the sites are fairly close but but these seem to be used by people vacationing together. Here’s a photo of my home for the next few months. Here’s the view from my front door. But poor Maxine won’t be able to go swimming in this water. Supposedly there are quite a few alligators even though I haven’t seen any yet. The lake has quite a few stumps scattered around in the shallows, but it also seems to have lots of fish. I’m planning getting a nonresident license and doing some serious fishing this year. Here’s some beautiful photos as we walked along the lake. Here’s a couple photos looking back across the lake towards the campground you can tell how nice the park is, and how nice the views are that you have right from your campsite. When we got down to the boat launch Maxine couldn’t resist getting in the water of course. Well that’s a quick introduction to my new home for part of the winter. It seems like it should be a great place to spend the next few months. I’m sure I will be doing exploring of the area and other interesting things that I will share in later posts. Well that’s it for now best wishes and safe travels to all, Rick