Georgia

Did you know….  Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River?

Gen. James Oglethorpe obtained a charter and then established the first permanent colony in 1733. It was a refuge for English debtors and fought a battle with the Spanish — who also claimed the territory.

For decades the state has been known for their peaches. And during the presidential election of 1976, won by Jimmy Carter, the important crop of peanuts was highlighted.

My visits to this state have centered around Atlanta. Previous to a visit of several days in 2013, I’d either driven through on the way to other places or changed planes at the large and busy Hartsfield-Jackson airport. (Once at almost a run — made it — think I was second-to-last person to board.)

Atlanta was privileged to host the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Today the downtown is a busy area of hotels, office buildings, and tourist destinations — including a world class aquarium.

I believe this sign at a northern entry point sums up what to expect on a visit.

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