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What a Hell of a State We're in

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What a Hell of a State We're in

Short Trips

Memori­al Day and Labor Day Weekends

  A Small Town in Geor­gia Remembers

Memori­al Day Weekend +

We went to rur­al Geor­gia for a few days in May 2019. We wanted to spend a day or maybe two check­ing out Hunts­ville in Alabama. We had both been there before sev­er­al times, but the most recent vis­it was ten years ago. There was just a pos­sib­il­ity of relo­cat­ing there, and we wanted to check it out again because it is devel­op­ing quickly. We liked what we saw.

Our stay included Memori­al Day when Amer­ic­ans hon­our their war dead. Sum­merville was the closest town with a super­mar­ket. I was drawn to its war memori­al in a loc­al park giv­en the date. There is an array of size­able black gran­ite slabs com­mem­or­at­ing the dead from con­flicts in the 20th and 21st cen­tur­ies. For memori­al day, there was a dis­play of flags hon­our­ing each of the fallen. It was poignant and all the more so because Sum­merville is a small town, maybe 4500 or so. A large mur­al adja­cent to the County Court­house fea­tures the memori­al slabs. They help define the town.

The town is the Chat­tooga County seat. In its grounds, the court­house has a memori­al to the loc­al young men who served in the Con­fed­er­ate Army dur­ing the Amer­ic­an Civil War. It lists the regi­ments manned by men from the County. The Sons of Con­fed­er­ate Vet­er­ans organ­isa­tion erec­ted it. I ima­gine that the monu­ment might be con­tro­ver­sial in the cur­rent woke’ cli­mate. But per­haps not in Summerville.

Labor Day Weekend

We needed to replace our SUV in 2019. The Blair exper­i­ence with the Beem­er had encour­aged us to look at the new BMW X7 SUV as a con­tender. We liked what we saw. We took deliv­ery of a new one at the end of August.

There was no oppor­tun­ity to test everything it did in the Godaw­ful traffic around us. There was no long drive up to Maine in the off­ing that year either. So we drove it up to Dav­is in West Vir­gin­ia for a long week­end. The last 65 miles are on a beau­ti­ful dual car­riage­way that rises up the sev­er­al thou­sand feet to Dav­is with vir­tu­ally no traffic. The little town is the highest in the state and is a gem of a place. It’s at its busiest as a cross coun­try ski­ing centre in the winter. There are lots of lodges to rent out of sea­son at knock­down prices.

The short break away con­firmed that the car is a beau­ti­ful drive, and all the drivers’ aids are notice­ably bet­ter than the those in the com­pet­i­tion. It is more dog friendly too.