Kirby: There are strange sights on the road

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.


– Thoreau

Luke Leightner sends our most curious card so far this vacation summer from New Zealand.

It shows a large Maori warrior dressed in traditional garb wielding both a club and a most fearsome expression. But somehow, he’s not pulling it off.

He actually looks like Curly, of the Three Stooges, pausing before taking a back-hand swing at Moe. No matter, Luke says they’re having a wonderful time on the other side of the world.

“We have seen caves with thousands of glow worms, hiked 12 miles over snow and ice and visited the shire … unfortunately, we saw no Hobbits.”

(Ramble on, Luke.)

Speaking of strange sights, Kayla Rayburn, sent a Smoky Mountain card showing Big Foot, which they didn’t find. “But we still had a wonderful time in the Smokies.”

Closer to home, Mary Archer, of Augusta, sent a card from Georgia’s Jekyll Island, as well as greetings from Augusta TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) members, who are enjoying a convention near the beach where “the weather is beautiful.”

Bob and Sharron Kiel, of Thomson, were in North Carolina where they enjoyed the beach and lighthouse in Corolla and the Outer Banks with Kellie and Scott Moore and Kristin and Jeremy Del Greco and five grandkids. Also on the beach were the Palacz family and part of the Bragg family, who spent time at South Carolina’s Edisto Beach where the “weather was so nice,” Jennie Palacz says.

Meanwhile in Delaware, Deborah, Venetia, Jan and Judy, a group from Augusta working at the Dover International Speedway, sent us a card.

Denise Hamilton is having a great time in Texas “visiting my oldest friend of 50 years … Texas always surprises me with its size! The weather has been stormy and colder than I thought.”

Charles and Kay sent a postcard from the Pacific Coast, where they say the beaches don’t begin to compare with those we enjoy on the Atlantic. Justin Pamplin sends another postcard, this one showing the Beauvoir Estate in Biloxi. And frequent travelers Corky and Debbie Holloway, of Evans, send a card showing the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

SHARE YOUR VACATION: Share your vacation travels and see if we can get all 50 states. Just send your postcards to me at the Augusta Chronicle, 725 Broad Street, Augusta, GA 30901.

TODAY’S TRAVEL JOKE: Three nature lovers took a vacation into the mountains to see if they could spot some bears. They wanted to take pictures of bears for their photo album. So they drove along an old dirt road until they entered the trees. As they rounded a curve, they spotted a sign that read: “BEAR LEFT.”

So they turned around and went home.

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