Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Augusta, Georgia

We are in Augusta, Georgia's second largest city, for 5 days, visiting this city and Aiken, South Carolina just across the border.  We set up at Heritage RV Park and on our second day, took a tourist trolley around the city for 2+ hours.  We also visited the Augusta Museum, which was running a large exhibit about their native son, singer James Brown, the "Godfather of Soul".  Trivia:  James Brown is our most prolific songwriter, having written 5,500 songs.   We drove by Woodrow Wilson's boyhood home, but it was not open that day for tours. We took a john boat tour on the Augusta Canal and had a nice cruise up and down the canal, learning all about how it helped grow Augusta and make it an important part of the industrial growth during the 1900's.  Augusta sits 35 feet below sea level on the Savannah River.
We also visited Aiken, South Carolina.  Aiken is another of those small cities with a vibrant downtown business district.  All of the shops and restaurants in town are active, with no closed storefronts.  There are no Targets, Wal-Marts, McDonald's or other chain stores anywhere near the city center.  It was a joy to walk the streets, eat outside at a cafe-brew pub, and visit the many locally owned shops.  This is our kind of town.  No photos of Aiken though, as I forgot the camera.
The Augusta Visitors Center Trolley
The Augusta Museum's exhibits
Memorial to all that died in 8 floods before the Corp of Engineers project
Deb preparing to board the boat for the canal tour
One of the tour boats
Deb, our cruise docent and the captain
Our boat's mascot, Moses
Passing the former Confederate Gun and Ammunition works
Heading upstream
Kayaking on the canal

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