Along Highway 23 south of Indian Springs, Georgia, is a mysterious gated entrance.
Beyond the ornate gate can be seen elaborate topiaries and sculptures, both stone and bronze.
Now, the Old Lady loves a good mystery… but even more, she loves solving the mystery.
An internet search revealed that the gate leads into the Big G Ranch, owned by the late Jack Galardi. Galardi owned dozens of topless bars and “gentlemen’s clubs” across the country, including the Pink Pony in Atlanta. The Big G Ranch is now apparently owned by his children. Galardi was famous for his invitation-only July 4th parties held at his Ranch. Google was unable to determine whether that tradition continues.
The Old Lady loves springs.
Her very favorite spring is at Indian Springs State Park in central Georgia. She has been coming to the old stone springhouse there for decades, to drink and to carry away jugs of the heavily-mineralized sulphur water. Many people come for the water, saying that it has powerful healing properties.
The spring itself has been covered for protection, but through the plastic dome you can see the water flowing directly from the rock. This is real water, God’s water, water filtered by Mother Earth and free for the taking. To your health!
The Old Lady took a chance detour on Florida Highway 51 from Tennille to Mayo, and discovered something not on her map: Peacock Springs State Park.
There she saw something she’d never seen before: a Karst Window.
It appeared to be a sinkhole filled with water, but it is actually a place where the stone roof over the Florida aquifer has collapsed, providing a “window” into the subterranean world that connects the springs that abound in that area of Florida.
Nearby is Peacock Springs where divers enter those underwater caves (“Me??? Not in a million years!” states the Old Lady firmly).
Somebody asked the Old Lady: “What do you DO while you’re camping?”
Chill. Just chill.
And look at stuff… like this stuff, at Jonathan Dickinson State Park near Hobe Sound, Florida.
There among the picnic tables there were glossy ibis browsing along with the more common white ibis.
High atop Mount Hobe is an observation tower where you can really take in the lay of the land.
The Old Lady has a new toy.
The Air Swimmer is a helium-filled balloon shaped and painted like a shark. The remote control operates a ballast system for lift and a movable back fin which propels the shark through the air.
The Old Lady’s big brother liked it.
We named our shark Large Marge.