Bill Kirby

Online news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

June brings influx of postcards from points far and near

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– Buddha

You’re doing great at getting postcards. June is a heavy travel month, and here are some examples.

First, special thanks to Abby Kessman, of Hollywood, Fla. She has sent at least 13 postcards over the past few weeks. Several show the unique gargoyles at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Kayla Rayburn, 15, of Hephzibah, sends a card from the Great Smoky Mountains and reports, “I got chased by a bear!”

Former Augustan Adam Folk sends a card showing the Great Lakes Sand Dunes where he went camping. Jean and Paul Bacon, of Fort Gordon, are “having fun in Tunica, Miss.” Gary and Lillian Vahrenwald send a postcard very close to home showing Augusta’s famous Hildebrandt’s at Sixth and Ellis.

“I know you receive cards from many states, just wondered if you have any from Augusta. Come get the best Reuben in town!”

Not that far away, R.L. Perchinski, of Martinez, sends a Fort Gordon postcard with this note: “I don’t think you have one of these.”

My neighbors, Kathy and Ed, send a Virginia card showing the Occoquan Merchant’s Mill. “We always end up in a city by a river,” they write. The Maxwell and Penix families, of Aiken, are touring northern California. John and Kitty Koeb were welcomed in Maryland.

Russell Pate sends cards from Virginia, West Virginia (two) and from Ohio. “Working on my Bucket List,” he writes. Kenny, Kathy and Kelsey Middlebrooks were nearby – Washington, D.C. – where they were “having a great time.” The also met Augusta Congressman John Barrow.

Nancy and Len Sjostrom, of North Augusta, sent several cards, including one from Washington state, and another from Deer Lodge, Mont., and they say: “If you never get off the interstate, you never find little jewels like this one. Or meet sweet innkeepers like Teresa. Or have fun at a ‘hot spot’ with the locals.”

Denine from Aiken sends a card from the Jersey Shore and says much has changed since childhood.

Martha and Ernie Odom, of Evans, send greetings from Juneau, Alaska. “Weather has not been too cooperative – cold and wet – but we are having a great time with friends from First Baptist Church-Augusta.”

Greg Brooks, of Evans, also sends us more cards from Alaska and Vancouver.

TODAY’S TRAVEL JOKE: A tourist rushing through a small town on his way to the beach barely slowed down at the community’s lone stop sign, and soon a policeman had pulled him over.

“But I slowed down,” he complained to the cop. “What’s the difference?”

“Sir,” the policeman said, “if I began hitting you on the head with my night-stick, would you prefer if I stopped or just slowed down?”


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