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  • This just proves my theory: No matter where you go in this country (or any other), you are bound to find interesting places of some historic or natural interest. Take Warthen, GA for instance.

    Thanks to my husband's discovery of geocaching -- a hobby where you use your GPS device to find hidden treasures-- we have been discovering stories and seeking mysteries all over the lowcountry and beyond. On this day, we had traveled a few hours west to do a "run through" on the RV we are renting for our "incredible journey". We learned how to flush the tanks and check our propane levels, etc. It was very exciting! (Really, it was.)

    So, after our run through we visited a geocache at a small farm, where the treasure was a combination to a mailbox that included a geocache log, where we could record our visit, a camera for a visual record, AND biscuits to feed the resident horse, who came to visit us after we rang the bell! What fun.

    Then we headed to the Dairy Lane for some world famous burgers, and then north. In a little town called Warthen, we discovered this: a one room jailhouse where none other than Aaron Burr was incarcerated after being arrested on a charge of treason. For me, this is remarkable. When I was probably about 10, my dad took us up to Weehawken, NJ on a cliff overlooking Manhattan to see the place where Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel (the wound from which killed Hamilton. I hear rumors that Hamilton cheated and provided guns with a "too light" trigger pull. That's what you get for cheating, I suppose.)

    So here we are about a thousand miles away looking at the "Aaron Burr jail". We found the cache in a tree stump (Lilly's first find!) and were on our merry way. Naturally, I had to find out more -- how did Burr end up HERE?

    As it turns out, after the famous duel (for which both NY and NJ tried to charge him but failed) he developed a little plan for world domination. He headed west and set up his own dominion of sorts, hoping to play a role in world politics as the growing US brokered and fought with Spain and France over huge pieces of land that belonged to somebody else. Somewhere in there, someone thought his dealings too shady and they charged him with treason (the charges were eventually dropped). And in this little shack of a jail, he spent a little time.

    Will the wonders never cease? What might we find on this cross-country adventure? Petroglyphs of martians? Billy the Kid's secret stash? Perhaps the cliff dwellers version of "kilroy was here"?

    Who knows. But it's bound to be surprising.
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