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The road is calling me, as it seems to do every June. Or maybe it's the beautiful spring weather that bids me stay outside. This is our annual June travel issue, and there are so many places to go and things to do in Georgia, there's no reason to burn more of that expensive "black crude" than necessary!
First, let yourself and your family be kids again. Spend a day at The Rock Ranch, near Barnesville. This working ranch, owned by Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, focuses on "growing healthy families." There's something for everyone: Take a mini-train ride, zip a zip line or pet a goat. It's a great place for family outings and for church and company picnics. For the more pioneering spirit, book a Conestoga wagon for the night -- and leave the tent at home!
Also discover more about the Cathys' WinShape Foundation, where their goal is to help "shape winners." If you seek a more spiritual getaway, yet one that still communes with nature, plan a trip to WinShape Retreat, at Mount Berry in Rome. While its prime focus is on marriage ministries, it's an idyllic setting for group retreats and team building. There are also WinShape Camps for boys and girls of all ages. To learn more, see "Wholesome fun and shaping winners," page 16.
If you're planning a road trip, don't miss "Take to the road," page 23, for a review of four of Georgia's scenic byways, with a few highlights along each. Complete with maps, these routes represent our state's diverse regions. And if you take a detour, well, that's OK too!
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Two little visitors to The Rock Ranch, between Barnesville and Thomaston, enjoy the great outdoors -- and the 30 activities and attractions -- that the 1,250-acre pastoral paradise offers. (Cover photo by King Davis / The Rock Ranch.)