Bill Kirby

Online news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Summer finds Augusta-area folks on the go

Mailbox holds postcards from 20 states; so where's yours?

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Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.

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– Paul Theroux

Our summer vacation postcard contest is off to a fine start. Since the Memorial Day kickoff we’ve gotten cards from 20 of the 50 states (and the District of Columbia), as well as six countries.

I hope we can again get a card from every state before Labor Day weekend.

So far, I’d say, there is one surprise – California, which has generated four postcards, topping every state but Georgia, which has sent us five.

Keep them coming … and remember, if you include your return address, I’ll send you a card from one of my rare vacations.

Just send them to me at: 725 Broad St., Augusta, GA 30901.

You can be recognized just like:

Bill Leopard, of Aiken, who sends a card from Atlanta and writes: “I am on the road again and this time at Turner Field for two Baltimore-Atlanta games. Spending two days quality time with my youngest son.”

Dan and Kathy Scukanec and Matt and Jo Ann Bronson are visiting Italy. “Went to Pompeii,” they wrote. “No eruptions while we were there, also wouldn’t want to drive a vehicle in Rome!”

The Coles, of Beech Island, got in two cards from Florida. One shows the Banyan Tree that Harvey Firestone gave Thomas Edison near Fort Myers. The other card, from Key West, shows the designation for the southernmost point in the continental United States. “We can check this off our bucket list!” they say.

The Baumgartners send a card from St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. “Our boys live and work at the Ritz in paradise,” they write. “Call for the Friend’s Discount.”

Frank H. Vaughan is in Ireland. “The one place we did not get to see,” he wrote on his postcard, “was the Cliffs of Moher, so I’m sending you a picture of them. However, we did go to Bally Vaughan Bay, which is where my ancestors are from, and we saw the Cliffs at the Burren. Wish you could have been here. (ASU Study Abroad Class.)”

Ralph and Deborah Randall sent a card from California. “We moved to Evans in September and love it,” they wrote. “Visiting Dry Creek, Calif., has been great. We head to the coast today and to Armstrong Woods to see the redwoods. Having a great wine-tasting vacation.”

The Augusta-North Augusta Travel Club is on the move and sent a postcard from Washington.

“We’re in D.C. with the 350,000 Girl Scouts,” say Cherianne Duncan, Georgia Ruth Johnson, Helen Henry, Louise Key, Barbara Washington and Shirley Jones.

Finally, Lauren in Grovetown sent a card and wrote: “I have over 300. Can’t wait to receive yours!”

(Lauren, it will soon be on the way.)


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