For no particular reason I’ve been thinking about Georgia a lot lately. It’s that place directly above Florida. I used to not have such a high opinion of the state when I first came south but over time my opinion has changed drastically. This year in particular I find it just the most amazingly wonderful place ever!
I’ve driven through Georgia several times. On one such trip my car broke down and I was stuck in a one-horse town for a couple of days but I don’t really want to talk about that. Instead, I want to talk about peaches, pecans, little cedar boxes and Savannah.
First though, one must point out that most of Georgia is just beautiful. The state has captivating beaches and charming forests. It has lovely quaint towns like Savannah and of course the Big Apple of the South, Atlanta.
The first time I stopped in Savannah I did so merely to stretch my legs from a long drive. As luck had it the weather was perfectly temperate and there was some kind of festival or farmer’s market going on that day. I walked around the downtown area just feeling just completely pleasant.
By the way, have you ever noticed that when one is in a place where one doesn’t have to work or pay any bills that place will naturally be much more appealing?
Secondly, simply said Georgia has the best pecans ever. The first time I purchased fresh pecans from a roadside farmer’s market… well, let’s just say that’s when my opinion of Georgia really started to change. Georgia pecans are like candy and I just couldn’t stop eating them!
On another trip across Georgia I bought a few fresh peaches. I hadn’t eaten peaches that awesome since the last time I drove down a stretch of highway near Brigham City, Utah known as “fruit way”. Utah isn’t known for their peaches but they should be. They are just divine as they are incredibly sweet and juicy. Georgia peaches are just the same!
I know I know, Georgia is already famous for it’s pecans and peaches but did you know about the little cedar boxes? I once walked through a shop filled with them (like the one pictured below) and the air just permeated with the smell of cedar. Hold one up to your nose and you might just pass out from such a heavenly scent. Don’t say I didn’t warn you if you ever experience it for yourself.
I didn’t buy one. I’m always rather poor and so I didn’t want to spend the money. If being poor teaches you nothing else it’s that you can appreciate something without having to possess it. There’s hardly much else good about it.
Food is another story. We all have to eat! Hence I felt justified to buy a few pecans and peaches… plus they are quite healthy.
Last, but certainly not least, there is that beautiful song by Ray Charles (included below.)
Let’s hear it for Georgia. Hoot hoot! I think it’s going to be their year.
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