On Dec. 15th of 2010, I rode with Angie from St. Louis to Atlanta to help with the move. First impressions weren't that impressive.
The next time I made it out there was the end of April, beginning of May. I was actually heading to the Biltmore in N. Carolina to take wedding photos of architect friends of Angie's, so we left Ken with the dogs, and I rode to the Biltmore with Angie and Josh. It was an easy drive from Atlanta, so I'm including a couple pictures in my Georgia vacation blog.
On our way back from the Biltmore, we met Ken in the Blue Ridge mountains of northern Georgia and spent a couple of nights in a rental cabin. We had a great time. Even brought the dogs with us. We had a cabin right on a good sized river so we were able to do a little fishing and playing in the water. The water was pretty cold, so we didn't play in it long! Georgia reminds me a lot of my beloved Oregon, only with warmer weather---lots of pine trees, lots of cold rivers, mountains (although not as big as the ones in Oregon), lots of outdoors oppurtunities.
I headed back in Aug. 2011 for another visit. Angie and I headed to Edisto Beach for a couple days. Edisto Beach is in South Carolina, but it's another very doable drive from Atlanta and a nice place to spend a few days.
The sunsets there were beautiful!
In Dec. we headed to Angie and Josh's for Christmas! That was the first time (of many to come, I hope) that we were away from home for Christmas. We didn't do much sightseeing, but we did have a very enjoyable Christmas!
When March of 2012 rolled around, I headed back to Georgia. Angie and I headed back up to the wineries. Beautiful countryside along the way!
I love botanical gardens, too, so I made a point of using my reciprocal membership to our Missouri Botanical Gardens and went to check out the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. I was very impressed!
In May, I flew back out to Atlanta for another visit. Again, Angie and I headed to Edisto for a couple days. I'm going to miss those trips to peaceful little Edisto! We had another great time there. We even went through Savannah this time and had lunch there after driving around the enchanting town then drove around town a bit.
Beautiful old Victorian homes of the south.
, Atlanta was a major transportation and medical center for the Southern states. Since several of the largest military hospitals in the area were within a half mile from Oakland, many soldiers who died from their wounds were buried here.
In July, 2012, I made my last trip out to visit Angie in Atlanta. Josh had already moved on to Ft. Lauderdale, so I was also there to watch the pups while Angie joined Josh for a house hunting expedition in their new home. But before she headed to Ft. Lauderdale, we did a little more touring.
We headed back into the city to the World of Coke museum at Pemberton Place (named after the inventor of coke). Angie was even able to use Coke points she'd saved from Coke products as her entry fee saving her about $18, as I recall.
After going through an x-ray check point, we entered into the lobby where large Coca-Cola bottles stood made up of different materials from around the world. Then we were funneled into a theater room where a promo film was shown, then let out into the Level One Hub. The Polar Bear mascot was there, but we didn't wait in line to see him. Instead, we wandered around checking out all the artifacts and bottling room. There is even a vault there with the secret recipe for Coca-Cola.
Back outside, we walked around Pemberton Place and enjoyed the scenery.
The building in the middle is the Georgia Aquarium.
The building in the middle here is obviously the Coke museum.
One evening we checked out sips n strokes. It was a blast!
All too soon it was time to head home to St. Louis again. We made it downtown near the airport with quite a lot of time to spare, so we did a quick walk through the Atlanta Botanical Gardens again---only about 10 minutes away from the airport. There were more statues and tensegrity sculptures throughout the park. I've definitely gotten my money's worth out of my MOBOT membership this year---just with reciprocol garden entrances!