Our Winter Home, The Hunting Club in Ailey, Georgia

After a relatively uneventful drive that included a pleasant stop in Tennessee to go motorcycle riding with friends, we have arrived and begun to settle in at our winter home in tiny Ailey, Georgia.

The Hunting Club in Ailey, GA is a small gay owned campground located on an improved road in rural Georgia. There are currently 3 permanent campers if you count us though we plan to move back north for the summer. I picked this place because it’s inexpensive at $225 per month and because of the weather. The temperature here flirts with freezing, mostly in the month of January and I am not ready to leave that part of the New England experience behind.

Birds at The Hunting Club

Birds at The Hunting Club. I think the name of this place, The Hunting Club harks back to the days when establishments that catered to a particular clientele used discrete names, locked entrances and word of mouth advertising. No guns allowed here, and the atmosphere is more like a petting zoo than a game preserve.

Ailey, GA is a town lost in time. Its short main street consists of well preserved store fronts without businesses. The small railroad freight house has been repurposed into a combination City Hall and Fire Station. Ailey’s post office is open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM six days a week. But Vidalia, GA, where the onions come from, is only 10 miles away on good fast roads and offers all of the essentials for everyday living. Vidalia has a Lowe’s home improvement store and a Walmart Supercenter, and a Handy Andy – True Value hardware store and multiple grocery stores.

About Art

55 years old. By training, ability and experience I am a master toolmaker. My most recent projects include designing and building a process to grind a G rotor pump shaft with four diameters and holding all four diameters within plus or minus 4 microns of nominal. This was an automated process using two centerless grinders refitted to my specifications using automatic load and unload machines plus automatic feedback gauging. I also designed and built an inspection machine to check for the presence and size of a straight knurl on a hinge pin using a vision system for non-contact gauging.
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