Louisa was the daughter of Josiah and Barbara Powl, and a sister of my great-grandmother, Emaline Powl Burkholder. I was thrilled to finally be able to complete the record of the Josiah Powl family and able to go on to enjoy the rest of the trip.
We spent Friday night with my cousin at Albany and had a good visit. In the morning she took us to a little family restaurant owned by a man named Pearly Gates. No kidding! That's his name. They gave us a free bowl of grits. They don't really have much taste of their own but the melted butter overtop made them edible. The next day we told someone we went to the Pearly Gates for breakfast and had grits. She said she hopes we get something better than that inside the Pearly Gates. :-)
The main reason we went on this trip was to attend the wedding of nephew Keith Hurst and Jo Doutrich on Saturday, January 9, at Meigs, GA. They had a very nice wedding which I would say "went off without a hitch" but we witnessed a good tight hitch. Here is the happy couple, who are now enjoying warm weather in the Dominican Republic.
The balance of the time in Meigs was spent visiting with friends in their homes and at the Meigs Mennonite Church. We headed north Sunday afternoon and drove to the northeastern edge of Georgia where we got a motel for the night. Monday was a full day of driving in seven states. Even though there was no warm weather in the south, we were thankful for the clear dry weather and problem-free driving. Now that Christmas and the trip are both behind me, I must get down to business on my list of winter projects before the season slips by. I don't think there will be any time to be bored from now until spring.