If it’s February, it must be time to travel…

January (Photo credit: Deadly Tedly)

The end is near…

…Yes, the end of January, that is, and this means that the wife and I are about to embark on our annual February vacation/road trip.

This year, the weather being what it has been, the two of us are most definitely in the mood to load the car and set out for points south.

That is exactly what we plan to do late next Tuesday evening, when we’ll leave our tiny hamlet here in northern Illinois and set sail for Stone Mountain, Georgia, our first stopping point on this year’s adventure. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the recent snow, icy roads, and howling winds will not rear their ugly heads again on the night we want to get out and on the road.

We’ll spend a couple of days in and around the Atlanta area, with plans to visit Margaret Mitchell’s home and The World of Coca-Cola before heading east to the A H. Stephens State Park, named after Alexander H. Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy.

Why this park, you ask? It seems as though Carolyn, my wife, recently discovered, in her many extensive and exhaustive ancestry/genealogical researches, that A.H. Stephens was a second-cousin, twice removed.

That being the case, it will be way more meaningful and fun when we tour the

English: I took this picture at Liberty Hall i...
Liberty Hall in Crawfordville, Georgia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Confederate museum and Liberty Hall, Stephens’s home. We also have reservations for a two-night’s stay in one of the cottages located in the park, and I’m very much looking forward to that.

Then it will be on to Savannah, Georgia, a place we stopped at briefly one time years ago on our way to our home at the time in Titusville, Florida. I recall it being a beautiful, historic spot, and I will enjoy the two days we plan to spend there learning more about the place. And if the weather is as typically moderate and pleasant as I’ve heard, that can’t be all bad, either.

On the road again to Charleston, South Carolina, for a few days and to find out, first-hand, what everyone has forever told us about Charleston being one of their very favorite places to visit and spend time. The historic stuff alone will be well worth the time and money we’re investing in this February’s trip. I’m eagerly awaiting that part of the journey.

And it can’t be a February get-away without spending some time in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina at Carolyn’s brother’s house in Waynesville. We’ll make the relatively short drive there when finished immersing ourselves in all things Charleston. Our weekend with her brother and his wife will be fun and relaxing before we make the drive from there back to northern Illinois.

At each of these wonderful places along the way, I plan to get plenty of writing done in the evenings: updating this blog, working on the current WIP, and sending e-mail. Last year’s February genealogy “field trip” to Athens County, Ohio, Coalwood, West Virginia, and Waynesville, coincided with the start of Gwen Hernandez’s online Scrivener for Mac class. During the course of that trip, I completed several of the first lessons that Gwen would post each day. I found it to be lots of fun working through the lessons in a different location each morning.

Now that February is creeping in (and not a moment too soon!), it’s time to dig the Eddie Bauer bag out of the closet, get the clothes laid out and packed, and begin to get serious about hitting the road. Leaving northern Illinois for a couple of weeks will be just what the two of us need–if the weather “gods” see fit to smile on us!

I’m looking forward to writing about all of this as the miles and days unfold beginning next week. Stay tuned…CortlandWriter

Cortland, IL
Cortland, IL (Photo credit: moominsean)
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15 thoughts on “If it’s February, it must be time to travel…

  1. Have a great and safe trip, Mark! I’ll be waving as you pass through North Carolina. 🙂 I’m glad you’re not in Atlanta now. I feel terrible for those poor people who have been stuck on the interstate since yesterday due to the rare southern storm.

    1. Hi, Jill! Thanks, and I’ll wave back to you as we travel throughout your wonderful and beautiful part of the country. I agree with you about not being in Atlanta now. I saw some video on the news this evening, and it’s quite a mess there, especially since they’re not completely equipped to handle weather conditions like iced roads and snow accumulation. It’s been a difficult winter for most parts of the country. Here’s hoping spring arrives right on time for everyone! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Nicole. We are definitely looking forward to just “getting away” to new and exciting places–hoping the present weather doesn’t follow us! It should be fun to post some observations and thoughts as we move along each day. Thanks for reading and commenting. 🙂

  2. Noted in Nashville

    Sounds like a good vacation. I look forward to road trips like these with my hubby. We’ve always talked about seeing all the states. Okay, maybe not ALL the states. There are a few we don’t mind skipping – but I won’t name names. 🙂

    I look forward to reading about your adventures.

    1. Hi, Noted: Thanks for checking in and sharing your thoughts. I, too, have a desire to visit many states, especially those I haven’t done so to this point. Still want to drive the length of Route 66 one of these years. In the meantime, we’ll enjoy the upcoming one we have planned. As a matter of fact, we should be driving through Nashville sometime next Wednesday morning, weather permitting, on our way to Atlanta. 🙂

      1. Noted in Nashville

        Awesome! Let me know if you need a recommendation for a BBQ joint. Or if it’s breakfast you’re looking for, I know a couple of famous can’t-miss places. 🙂 -Anita

  3. Sounds like a wonderful trip! Il has been so miserable this past Jan and an evil rumor suggest February isn’t going to give us much of a reprieve.
    The World of Coca-Cola my favorite drink! And a great tour. I’m glad you missed Atlanta this past week tho.
    Look forward to a virtual get away via your travels. Nice to meat you.

    1. Hey, thanks for checking in and sharing your thoughts! Yes, I’m looking forward to hitting the road–weather permitting! I should have some interesting observations and other whimsy to write about. Hope you’ll enjoy those posts. 🙂

  4. Sounds like an amazing trip! My husband and I love road trips and I have such a hankering to explore the South someday. Thanks for the vicarious holiday thrill. Think I’ll follow along for more.

    1. If we can get away in the impending storm that is predicted for tomorrow, we’ll be OK. Can’t wait to get “south” and post about the places and things we experience. It will be good to have you following along! 🙂

  5. Well, looks like you’ll be in our neck of the woods. I’d love to tell you the weather is milder but we’ve been hit with some pretty serious cold this year. Strangely enough I happen to love winter & that was part of the reason we moved here from Florida. Growing up in Florida I despised the heat so I feel as though I’m in Heaven. lol. If you have a chance and you haven’t taken it in before, take a visit to Biltmore Castle. It truly is a magnificent day filled with amazing antiques, beauty beyond compare & fine wine &food. The tour is charming as you stand in the room & hear the letters of the lady of the house written to her family all those many years ago. South Carolina has become a food mecca of the world. They’ve truly come into their own offering gourmet tastes of Southern delights & traditional foods that will blow your mind & make you wish you had two bellies. lmao. Bring big pants!!! We did. Oh, and don’t forget to do the shag!! lol 😀

    1. Hello and thanks for checking in and sharing your thoughts. I’m writing this from Stone Mountain, Georgia, where we arrived earlier today and just moments ago returned from a quick tour of the park and a view of the historic carving on the mountain. Of course, we sampled some delicious Georgia food for dinner and a way-too-big piece of Coca-Cola Chocolate cake. The treadmill calleth! I’m sure we’ll do the same during our Savannah and Charleston stops. I’ve heard some wonderful recommendations for restaurants that we must try. We did the Biltmore a couple of years ago, and you are very correct in how wonderful the place is. Now, it’s time to get comfy and enjoy being off the road. 🙂

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