We experienced some lucky breaks on our spring break. First, the group “cabin” at Crooked River State Park turned out to be rather luxurious. Screened porch, rocking chairs, central AC… who knew? Second, we learned why the yard behind it was riddled with holes. Groundhogs? Gophers? Nope. Gopher turtles. The state reptile of Georgia, as a matter of fact.
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Other matters of fact about gopher turtles:
- The gopher tortoise is a turtle as all tortoises are turtles, but not all turtles are tortoises.
(Try saying THAT 3 times fast!)
- The gopher tortoise digs and lives in burrows averaging 30 feet in length, 3 to 20 feet deep.
- Gopher tortoises can live 100+ years.
Wow, it’s possible that our backyard turtle was a great-great-grandpa gopher who predates Lucky Break #3:
The 1898 Plum Orchard mansion, on Cumberland Island. (Former home of Thomas and Lucy Carnegie.) We paddled there from the mainland on a Monday—when the house museum is officially “closed.” Lucky for us, the ranger on duty was bored with vacuuming all 22,000 square feet of the place and let us in. He just asked that we leave our sandy boots outside.
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I love the patterns on the walls, so rich!
Yes! So were the Carnegies! Thanks so much for visiting; it’s great to hear from you 🙂
and I liked that quote from your gopher turtle link: “…think of them as a cow with a shell.”
Thanks! LOL, we missed that “cow with a shell” thing. Funny! (BTW, speaking of funny, we are still laughing about your “6 Degrees of Freedom and the Drunken Sailor” — OMG, it is priceless! Unless it isn’t, in the literal sense?) J&A 🙂
Carnegie were a famous Scottish family…I’m assuming they were relatives who moved out to the states. Do you know the story?
Hoo boy! Quite a story…many, in fact. See the first link here, about Thomas (brother of Andrew Carnegie), who had the Cumberland Island connection:
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And of course, the rags to riches story of Andrew Carnegie:
Thanks for visiting! 🙂