June 28-30, 2022

Dave knew of Jane’s interest in looking into her maternal grandfather’s family to see if she has a connection to General James P. Robertson who was one of the founders of Nashville, Tennessee, so we found a virtual geocache about General Robertson.

More will be revealed (we hope) about whether or not Jane is a great-something-granddaughter of Tennessee.

Pullen Park opened in 1887. It was the first public park in North Carolina and is the fifth oldest operating amusement park in the U.S. Attractions in its 66 acres include pedal boats, a carousel, theater, arts center, train, playgrounds, aquatic center, courts, and fields. We went there because who could resist the opportunity to pose with Andy and Opie?

We had to imagine the fishing poles but we added in real-life the Andy Griffith Show whistle.

While in the park, we completed an Adventure Lab, a themed series of geocaches. “The Fabricated Tales of Pollen Park” was very lighthearted and irreverent.

The author of the adventure lab explains that this is the “eerie remnants of the first crop circle ever documented”. And who’s to say he’s wrong?

We stayed about 30 miles outside of Raleigh near the town of Selma which hosts the oldest surviving train station in North Carolina. We read that during the Civil War, apple brandy was stored in the station waiting to be shipped. Confederate soldiers camping nearby went under the floor of the station and siphoned out all of the brandy. No arrests were made.

The station was built in 1855 and moved to its present location in 1867.
Jane thought the train station’s wooden porch made an interesting picture.
Mural near the train station
Street scene in Selma
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