Columbus

Columbus was actually the beginning and the end of my trip to Georgia with Serenbe and Lakemont in between. So, even if it’s not chronologically accurate, I thought I’d start with the flight to Atlanta.

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After driving back to Columbus from Lakemont, Ena had a package waiting on her doorstep. Remember that ‘art’ that was hanging on the wall in the old family house on Lake Rabun? When Helen had discovered it earlier and posted it online, Ena commented that it was one of her favorites. (Or did I just make that up?) Anyway, another copy had been sitting in my garage gathering dust for fifty years so I had it re-matted and sent it to her as a present.

Looks better on her wall than in my garage

Looks better on her wall than in my garage

The heat index each day during my visit was over 100 degrees so we elected to stay inside as much as possible.

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Columbus is home to Fort Benning where I went through Officer Candidate School in 1968. I thought I’d never want to see the place again but, after so many years, checking out the National Infantry Museum had some allure (not to mention, it was air-conditioned).

The National Infantry Museum

The National Infantry Museum

One of my favorite parts was the Imax Theater which was showing a 3-D film about the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II. It was especially meaningful for me since Lorette and I had just spent time in that part of France last fall and had visited many of the sites shown in the movie. Unfortunately, single lens cameras don’t capture images from 3-D movies so there are no photos to show.

However, here are some shots from inside the museum which is a walking timeline of our country’s military engagements.

The main exhibit called The Last 100 Yards contains life-sized dioramas depicting significant battles in the Infantry’s history, including Yorktown, Antietam, Soissons, Normandy, Corregidor, Soam-Ni, LZ X-Ray, and Iraq.

The main exhibit called The Last 100 Yards contains life-sized dioramas depicting significant battles in the Infantry’s history, including Yorktown, Antietam, Soissons, Normandy, Corregidor, Soam-Ni, LZ X-Ray, and Iraq.

World War I

World War I

World War II

World War II

Vietnam

Vietnam

And one from the OCS section.

Good thing a tach officer didn't ask me to drop and give him 50

Good thing a tach officer didn’t ask me to drop and give him 50

I’m pretty sure that everyone who visits the museum has their photo taken with the Follow Me Statue.

Landscape

Distance

Closeup

Closeup

Adjacent to the museum is a three-quarter replica of the Vietnam Memorial.

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The wall has the names of more than 58,000 that were killed or missing.

25,000 were under twenty years old.

More than 17,000 were married.

Nearly 1,000 died on their first day in country.

More than 1,400 died on the last day before they were scheduled to come home.

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Columbus must be the chicken salad capital of Georgia. Or maybe even the entire south. Because we had lunch out twice and both times were at chicken salad restaurants.

Chicken salad at Chicken Salad Chick

Chicken salad at Chicken Salad Chick

And for dinner, Southern Fried Chicken at 11th and Bay with people I see only every couple of years but who are the kind of folks that make me feel like I’m a neighbor just next door.

John, Linda, Ena, Sherry, and Tom

John, Linda, Ena, Sherry, and Tom

Columbus used to be a mill town and the Chattahoochee River was dammed to generate power for the mills. Several years ago the dams were removed and a whitewater section was created along with a beautiful river walk right in the downtown core.

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A few more photos of downtown Columbus in the evening light.

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For my last lunch in Columbus, Ena took me to, you guessed it, another chicken salad place.

Lunch at Plucked Up Chicken and Biscuits

Lunch at Plucked Up Chicken and Biscuits

I found this sign to be helpful guidance.

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And to close this post, a photo of some tomatoes from one of Ena’s friends. I guess that’s one advantage of having temperature’s consistently in the 90s.

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