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The two RV Gypsies visited Albany, Georgia
October 8, 2015

USA state showing location of Georgia state of Georgia showing location of Albany

Over the years since Albany was founded on the banks of Georgia's Flint River in October of 1836, the stream has been both the heart and heartache of the city. From its source near Atlanta, the Flint River winds its way south through Georgia for 344 miles until it meets the Chattahoochee River at the Florida border. The two rivers then join to form Florida's Apalachicola River, but the Flint begins and ends as an exclusively Georgia stream.

partial map of downtown Albany, Georgia

A magnificent anchor to Albany's riverfront development effort, the Flint RiverQuarium, opened in 2004, and offers visitors the chance to journey into the natural history of one of Georgia's most beautiful rivers. The RiverQuarium is unique among such community aquarium projects in that it focuses almost exclusively on the river that gave Albany life.

Below: The Flint RiverQuarium and Karen Duquette with the turtle outside the doorway. Unfortunately, the Flint RiverQuarium was closed when the two RV Gypsies got here, so they could not go inside.

the Flint RiverQuarium Karen Duquette and a big turtle

However, the two RV Gypsies did walk up the outside stairs to the second level, where they looked down at a beautiful staircase waterfall.

Karen Duquette on the second floor of the Flint RiverQuarium the Flint RiverQuarium's staircase waterfall

Below: Views (of the same staircase waterfall shown above) as seen from below.

the Flint RiverQuarium's staircase waterfall Karen Duquette at the the Flint RiverQuarium's staircase waterfall
the Bridge House sign Brige House - now Albany Welcome Center

There were several turtles in the town.
Here is Lee Duquette by one of them.

The back side of the blue turtle.

Lee Duquette and a blue turtle The back side of the blue turtle
sign: Domestic Violance Kills
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Ray Charles Memorial: The riverfront memorial is a beautiful tribute to the talented singer and songwriter, Ray Charles who was born in 1930 in Albany, Georgia. The unique memorial brings the sight and sounds of Ray Charles to life on the Flint River in Albany, Georgia.

The Albany born singer and songwriter penned "Georgia on My Mind," the State Song of Georgia.

Ray Charles Plaza Ray Charles at his piano

The Memorial is also a Tribute in Sound because it combines the sound of falling water with the voice of Ray Charles to create a moving experience. Giant musical notes and piano keys "floated" across the landscape of the riverfront park.

giant music notes giant piano keys

There was a nice plaque on the memorial that briefly told the story of Ray Charles in both type and Braille. Ray Charles lost his sight by the age of 6. The photo of the plaque did not come out well enough to post here.

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Veterans of the Vietnam War Memorial

WWII Memorial

Veterans of the Vietnam War Memorial WWII Memorial

Korean War Memorial

Korean War Memorial
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