Today called for comfort food & we were in luck. Mercier Orchards was en route to our next park & Edward made an exception to his "NO parking lot " rule. I did call ahead & was told plenty of RV parking! The orchards were beautiful & by that time, the sun had parted the grey skies.
The store has a "Cracker Barrel" feel & the aroma of pie greeted us at the door. First things first: apple pie & coffee! The pie offerings seemed limitless but we chose a simple baked apple pie. My oh my, the joy of pie. I am not ashamed to admit, we went back for seconds; it was that good.
The store was fun & served as a nice diversion. Over 20 varieties of honey, about 15 types of apples, & countless items that could be made from each. The greatest part was the tasting area! So fun! One could taste anything they made/sold! We bought Cameo (cross between red & gold delicious) & Pink Ladies.
We will be getting our daily dose for certain, but fresh mountain apples? What is not to like. We did resist buying any candy or baked goods to take home.
Vogel State Park is Georgia's most visited park & it is easy to see why. The land was donated to GA in 1927 by the Vogel family & constructed by the beloved CCC under FDR. Not sure if we'd have any parks today without them. There are more species of trees here than in all of Yellowstone.
The campground is very serene and still, seems primal & benevolent. There are several forest fires burning in north GA, so NO campfires! We certainly understand; it is very dry!
Wifi & cell service are once again limited! Darn it all.