Waking, we were hot and sticky. I lived in North Caroline many years ago, but I've been away too long to be used to it. TaGeez and I decided to stop at some local Virtuals, hoping the shade would help. First stop was another "forgotten cemetery" - this one with Revolutionary War heroes. It was accessed by driving through a residential area, and the graves were quite different than we'd seen to date.
|Minutemen in Tucker GC72AA|
Funny story about this one. We were paying close attention to state laws about windshield-mounted GPS units - most of the states didn't allow them. So, our Nuvi was off the windshield and down near the gear shift. Instead of "blocking our view", we spent quite a bit of time driving and looking down (How safe is that?!?). As we pulled up to this GZ, we were looking down, trying to see where it was leading us. BEAUTIFUL residential area with enormous houses - we watched as some maids were being dropped off at the servant's gate. As we pulled up to the coordinates, we looked up and were confused. As we hadn't looked at the cache's pictures, we didn't know what we were looking for. It wasn't until we turned around and decided to leave that this beauty loomed across the street from us. We had driven right past it. How'd we miss it?
|1600 Briarcliff Road? GCG2J7|
|A Different Species of Big Silver Bird GCGFDE|
Again, we had to cut many Virtuals off our list, but we did stop for the ones with the highest points. This one was more impressive via Google Earth than in actuality. Nope, this is not a ball field. It is the parking lot (of a former ball field near where the current Atlanta Braves play). Wanna guess which "Aaron" they are talking about?
|Aaron's Home GC58A1|
|Olympic Park - downtown Atlanta|
Oakland Cemetery is the oldest cemetery, as well as one of the largest green spaces, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Founded as "Atlanta Cemetery" in 1850 on six acres of land southeast of the city, it was renamed in 1872 to reflect the large number of oak and magnolia trees growing in the area. By that time, the city had grown and the cemetery had enlarged correspondingly to the current 48 acres. Since then, Atlanta has continued to expand, so that the cemetery is now located in the center of the city. Oakland is an excellent example of a Victorian-style cemetery, and reflects the "garden cemetery" movement started and exemplified by Mount Auburn Cemetery in Massachusetts. [Source: Wikipedia)
|Jasper Newton Smith Mausoleum|
The first thing many people notice when entering the gates of Oakland is the mausoleum of Jasper Newton Smith, on which sits a striking life-size statue of Smith himself. Jasper Smith was a real estate investor who financed two buildings downtown.... Smith was well known for refusing to wear a necktie due to a bad experience as a child. Therefore, one story describing the creation of his statue notes that when the artist sculpted him wearing a cravat, Smith refused to pay until the offending item had been chiseled off.
|Can you see the neckties tied to his gated door?|
|The Lyin' Cache GC84DF|
|The Master GCD42A|
Golfer Bobby Jones' grave
|Look at these cacti!|
|The Cacher's Cache GC5H3EJ|
After getting our tire fixed, we grabbed a nearby cache. Inside
the cache were more caches as swag. We grabbed one and will
hide it outside a Pep Boy's back home. It will be called,
"Georgia on my Mind". Fitting, eh?
At 7:02pm, we pulled into (after driving right past) the parking for Sumter National Forest. This was the second most important cache on our trip - a JASMER qualifier for December 2000. If we didn't get this one, the next closest to home is near Boston.
|Entire journey from 7:02 pm - 8:32 pm.|
|Modoc Stash GCF4 - December 2000|
|The Duck Inn TB Motel GC4N3FV|