Friday, February 17, 2023



Lake Pines Campground ,  Midland GA, 706-561-9675

 Until recently, Columbus Georgia was stuck in time, with an empty main street filled with derelict, but

 still beautiful Victorian buildings. There was so much potential. The town had turned its back on the

 wide Chattahoochee River only two streets down.

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Now Columbus has come full circle to a thriving, beautiful city. The main street is now a bustling.

boulevard with college students and young soldiers enjoying outdoor dining and live music under

southern balconies. The old five and dime is a deli and the Greyhound bus station a popular barbeque

that is a step back to the forties and fifties, more preservation than restoration.

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Condos fill the old mills, and lofts 

keep filling in above the old storefronts. At one end is a college and at the

southern end of this small downtown is a beautiful civil war and Victorian

neighborhood with palm trees and huge spreading oaks.


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The rapids at the base of downtown had once been tamed with

several dams to run the mills. The dams were blown up 2013 to form

the world's longest urban kayaking course. Visitors can fish, kayak,

tube, zip-tie across the river or relax to the sound of the rushing water.

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The Chattahoochee Riverwalk is a twenty-mile paved and lighted

trail that runs from Fort Benning south of town, all the way through town to the upper dam. 

Along its way there is alligator habitat, shaded groves, old cemeteries, parks, 

even a food court in an old warehouse. The trail runs right through the remains of old mills, 

with beautiful views of the river. Alabama lies across the river, accessible by a pedestrian bridge. 

A short trail on the Alabama side provides a pretty view and several parks for climbing and a zip-line.

Artists, photographers, history buffs and people watchers will find plenty to enjoy during our rally.

2023 Columbus SECC Rally Itinerary:

Sunday 19 March

5:00 PM – Welcome, dinner provided at the clubhouse

Monday 20 March

9:00 AM – Tech Talk, continental breakfast provided at the clubhouse (BYOB)

11:00 AM – SECC business meeting, everyone welcome

Lunch and afternoon on your own

Tuesday 21 March

9:00 AM - Leave for tour of Civil War Naval Museum (Carpool)

12:00 PM – Lunch on your own

5:00 PM– Social Hour and potluck dinner in the clubhouse

Wednesday 22 March

9:00 AM – Leave for tour of National Infantry Museum  (Carpool)

Lunch, afternoon, and dinner on your own.

Thursday 23 March

Morning and lunch on your own

Afternoon sightseeing historic downtown Columbus, GA

5:00 PM - Dinner downtown

7:00 PM – Musical “Guys and Dolls” at historic Springer Opera House 

Friday 24 March

Goodbyes and safe travels…

Please register and pay for the rally using the button below.

Rally Attendees

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

As we come to the end of the year and hopefully all the Covid restrictions, I wanted to bring everyone up to date on SECC and the spring rally at Lake Pines RV Park and Campground just east of Columbus, Georgia. This rally is from 19 to 24 March and is scheduled between the FMCA Convention in Perry, Georgia that runs from 15 to 18 March, and the Springtime in Charleston CCI Rally which is scheduled from 26 March to 2 April. For those of you that are attending the FMCA Convention, there is no issue since it is a short drive from Perry to Columbus. For those that are attending the following CCI rally, I thought it would be better to have a couple of days between the rallys in order to make for easier travel. The distance from Lake Pines to Charleston is almost 400 miles, so I wanted to make sure everyone had the opportunity to travel at a leisurely pace Our last event of the SECC Rally is on the 23 of March so those that want to can take more than one day to drive to Charleston. Dianne and I plan to drive to Creekfire RV Resort in Savannah for two nights there and a day in Savannah. Another RV resort near there is Savannah Oaks, only about a mile from Creekfire. Those that want to stay longer at Lake Pines or travel a different route to Charleston may certainly do so.

Details of events and activities at the rally to follow. Please join us.