She never found the orchids… but she did find:
An Amtrak passenger train stopped recently in Madison, Florida, during its trip from New Orleans to Jacksonville… the first time a passenger train made that trip in nearly ten years.
This train was on an “inspection trip”, measuring the possibilities for restoring this route to regular passenger service.
“I would ride this train to Tallahassee at least once a month,” declared one supporter. Another expressed the hope that the restored service would eventually extend to connect Florida with California.
The Old Lady witnessed the event and experimented with something her Mother talked about doing as a child: she placed pennies on the steel rails for the train to run over and flatten.
Rail service from Madison, Florida would also benefit south Georgians; Madison is only about thirty miles from Valdosta, GA.
If you would like to see this route restored to regular service, to go https://www.amtrak.com/homehttps://www.amtrak.com/home and let Amtrak know of your interest.
The Old Lady turned off the main highway, looking for High Falls.
She never found it.
But she DID find…
Sometimes when we get lost, it is so that we will look at what we would not have seen if we had not gotten lost.
Once upon a time… because all the very best stories begin with “Once upon a time”… once upon a time The Old Lady was sitting all alone in the north Georgia woods, minding her own business, when she heard something crashing against branches and leaves as it fell down from a great height through the hardwood trees until it finally landed with a THUD on the leaf litter near her.