Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Green Travel 2010 part two

Sought out a peach grove in steamy Barney, Georgia located west of I-75 and just north of Valdosta.  We got a coupon at the Georgia tourist information stop, for half-off peach icecream.  We drove 9 miles inland from the highway to get to Barney and then found the town was packed with peach groves.  The heat index was 110 F, when we got out of our car and walked the short distance to the peach stand.  There was a u-pick-it sign out front and we asked where the groves were.  "Over, that there hill but what are you driving?"
We pointed to our car.  The attenedent then said, "Oh, no you can't go back there because we got a heavy rain yesterday and its all mud back there.  We don't want you to get stuck.  We're only allowing people with trucks back there today."
So we bought some pre-picked peaches and ice cream.  They had two flavors: peach (from their orchard) and blueberry (from a grove on the east side of Valdosta).  We got one of each and found the Blueberry had a stronger flavor than the peach.
While looking at the pre-picked selection of peaches, I noticed a Mocking bird flying in and out of a potted plant (I also heard a lot of cheeping sounds everytime the bird flew into the plant).  I asked what was going on and was told, "Oh she has a nest in there with chicks so large it's amazing they don't fall out. We tried to stop her from nesting there.  We even took away her first nest but the very next day she had another built in its place." 

I went up to the nest and sure enough there were four large chicks nestled in amongst the flower blossoms.  I wanted a photo and as I started clicking, the counter attenedant said, "You'd be amazed how many people have taken those birds photo.  We had one person that got a picture with all thier mouths open.  They looked like flowers.  The person said they were going to email the picture tous when they got home."

We asked about the green plums that were for sale.  The attendent said people liked to eat them with salt. Before we left the stand we bought a selection of jams and jellies made at the orchard. Then it was back to I-75 for us.

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