May 13 dawned overcast and misty. Not what I might have hoped for on the
day of our second tour for 2017, but at least not pouring down rain. A
group of us met at the Chic Fil-A on North Point Pkwy, then drove to
Griffin where we met an additional contingent of Porsche enthusiasts. In
total we had 20 people in spite of it being Mother's Day weekend, and that
they had to be unafraid that their car might get wet. In fact it sprinkled
on us off and on through the morning, before turning completely sunny in
Our first real stop was the site of the Andersonville Civil War prison. The
visitor center there has displays of the prisoner of war experience
throughout America's war history, along with two movies. We also visited
the national cemetery which began during the Civil War. It is still an
active cemetery and any honorably discharged member of the armed services
can be buried there.
From there we went to Americus for lunch before continuing to Plains and
the Jimmy Carter Historic Site located in the old Plains High School. Jimmy
Carter's Nobel Peace Prize is on display there, along with displays showing
his history in the area, and the many humanitarian activities of the Carter
Foundation around the world. Several of our members commented that they
didn't realize how much of an impact the Carter Foundation was having and
were glad to know a native Georgian was doing so much good.
With time running a bit short we went to Providence Canyon. Several people
hiked down into the canyon and would have like to have had more time to
explore there. Maybe we will go back again and not have so many stops along
the way. Possibly even have a nice picnic there.
Finally we drove into Columbus to the Doubletree Hotel where we spent the
night. We had a nice catered meal, and then gathered outside on the patio
of Houlihan's to socialize. Everyone was on their own to explore Columbus
on Sunday. I can recommend the river walk and Civil War Naval Museum, both
of which I visited on Sunday.
Pictures from the trip are in our media gallery here.