With A Banjo On My Knee…

With A Banjo On My Knee…

We wanted to make sure to show from time to time the fun that can be enjoyed once we disconnect from the camper and venture out to roam the surrounding areas from our “base camp”. Regardless where we might find ourselves we know there’s so much more to see and experience by looping around and stumbling across side roads, byways and tiny communities that dot this country like goosebumps.

While at Lakepoint Lodge and State Park, we took such a side trip… over to Russell County’s rural backroads. It didn’t take long to find a few neat buildings that harken back to earlier times when farming was done differently, especially here in cotton country. We came across an old cotton mill and equipment out buildings including chemical shed. One can only imagine what these places looked like back when the cotton balls were poppin and the farm machinery was busy hauling in bounty up/down these country roads to the mill and then later trucked out to the next phase of the cotton processing.


We surmised that the general store and gas station combo was a very active business when the various crops came in. That old gas pump would be amazed how much gas prices have increased since the final days it was in use. BTW – gas prices here in the Eufaula area at the time of this writing were quite low compared to Central Florida at only $239/gallon.


In contrast to the older days of cotton production Liz is shown here with a huge round bail still to be collected out in the field.

We enjoyed pulling into to this long-forgotten farm house and walked around for a few pictures. I always wish we could see places back in their prime and see the early occupants that helped to build these wonderful communities.


If you haven’t taken a slow roll down a few back roads with a picnic lunch and camera -we just ask why?

Chris Pipes
  • Clark Waters
    Posted at 18:15h, 20 November Reply

    You two are definitely in high cotton !

  • John shake
    Posted at 21:59h, 26 November Reply

    You are “gettin around”!!!

    • PipesTraveler
      Posted at 17:01h, 15 January Reply

      Hi John – We sure are and having fun on the various stops along the way! Got to reconnect with Jerry/Jody recently – lots of laughs.

  • John shake
    Posted at 22:00h, 26 November Reply

    You are certainly “gettin around”!!

    • PipesTraveler
      Posted at 18:42h, 01 December Reply

      Shake em’ up….how are you buddy? We’re out just having a terrific time but really enjoying sharing via our reportages! Hope you’re doing good? We’re coming up to Bardstown for 4 nights to hit the KY Bourbon Trail – should be fun! Thanks for following along John.

  • Downtown Brown
    Posted at 23:49h, 26 November Reply

    Well done CP! I love the ‘Charles Kauralt’ approach to your travels. I will read every post with great interest.

    • PipesTraveler
      Posted at 18:39h, 01 December Reply

      Thanks Brownie. The current Mrs. Pipes and I are really looking forward to our night out with you, Suzie and the Spongs! Promises to be an epic night. I appreciate you following along. See you guys in Williamsburg on 12/19th.

  • Richard Schwartz
    Posted at 12:45h, 27 November Reply

    Great pictures my friend! Loved seeing them and reading your commentary. You might become the next great Americana Photo Journalists! Keep up the good work and safe travels!

    • PipesTraveler
      Posted at 18:35h, 01 December Reply

      Hey, it’s easy when you’re having so much fun shooting pics and making notes along the way! Appreciate the feedback so much.

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