"Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments, but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures."
– Joseph Addison
Hello. We are in sunny Kinards, South Carolina which is halfway between Greenville and Columbia and right in the Sumter National Forest. What a nice area. We had a very relaxing week in some ways and a frustrating week in others, not unlike some of yours I am sure.
We began our week with a journey into the past. We visited Musgrove Mill State Historic Site. This mill was a private residence owned by the Musgrove family, but was taken over during the Revolutionary War by the Loyalists for use by the British army. This mill is located on the Enoree River, which would afford the British a method by which they could transport goods north and south, thereby resupplying their troops in the field. Here is some information from their website that explains the battle that took place here:
"Musgrove Mill State Historic Site’s peaceful setting in the Piedmont woods stands in sharp contrast to the bloody struggle waged there on Aug. 19, 1780. A group of 200 Patriot militiamen rode to strike what they thought was an equal number of Loyalists at Musgrove Mill on the Enoree River. Instead, they found themselves badly outnumbered, the Tories having been joined by 300 provincial regulars from the British post at Ninety Six. Retreat was impossible, a frontal assault suicidal. So the Patriot forces took a strong defensive position and lured the Loyalists into a fierce fight that turned into a near rout after the British attack collapsed."
Steve and I did some geocaching as we walked along the interpretive trail. We came across a memorial to Mary Musgrove, the daughter of the owner of the gristmill who served as a spy for the patriots. Some say she hid a patriot soldier from the British in the rocks of Horseshoe Falls (see the gallery for a picture of the falls). It was really interesting to walk through the woods and imagine how the soldiers (both foreign and domestic) lived and fought there. We enjoyed the 3-mile hike and the geocaching. Nice day.
Our next venture was to Harris Springs Sportsmans Preserve in Cross Hill. Steve took me there so that I could learn to shoot clay pigeons (and bunnies). WOW. Was that a great time. Steve is an exceptional marksman. I don't think he missed more than 2 or 3 the entire time we were out there. I, however, was not as accurate with my shot but by the end, I was picking off those clay targets pretty well. I did end up with quite the bruise on my right shoulder from the kickback of the gun, but I will clearly live. I thoroughly enjoyed that experience and if you want to see the YouTube video of our experience, see the blog post below.
The next day we had yet another bad situation with our black water tank. For those of you who are not familiar with RV lingo, the black water tank is where the waste water from the toilet is stored. There are gate valves that control when the contents of those tanks are dumped into the sewer lines that we are attached to. Unfortunately for us, that valve did not work and would not close. You can imagine what that means, right? So Steve and I (mostly Steve, let's be honest) spent the day flushing and cleaning the tank so that we could take our rig into Columbia for repairs. What is really frustrating about this situation is that this is one of the issues that was supposedly fixed when we were in Marion, North Carolina, the previous week. Our warranty dude at Redwood is a total gem so working through the issue with the manufacturer of our trailer was no biggie, which we greatly appreciated. We still had to take Big Red 47 miles down to Columbia for repairs. So we dropped off our rig (RV speak for "trailer") and we headed into downtown Columbia to do some exploring.
I had done some investigating of our potential entertainment options and came across the Three Rivers Greenway. The Greenway is a series of parks and trails along the three rivers that flow into Columbia - - the Saluda, the Broad and the Congaree Rivers. In the 1820's, Columbia built a canal along the Congaree River which allowed them to use the water from the river to move goods and people up and down the waterway. On the bank of the river runs a 8.5 mile paved trail that Steve and I enjoyed as we rode our bikes along the canal. We stopped for a water break and saw some interesting wildlife - a green anole lizard and a 5 lined skink (see the gallery). We both really liked downtown Columbia and will definitely make this place a stop when we are back on the East coast of the U.S. (probably not until 2014).
Our beloved Big Red was being worked on at Tony's RV in Lexington, which we must say was an excellent service provider. Not only did they replace the gate valve on our black tank, but they also replaced one that was difficult to opperate on our gray tanks too. George, our technician, was such a nice man and both Steve and I left Tony's believing that we had received excellent care. Steve wrote a nice note to the Redwood organization letting them know that Tony's would be an excellent organization to add to their service provider list. We also learned that the previous repair that was done was not as complete as we were told, even though the previous repair facility billed Redwood for an entire replacement of our valve system. HMMMM. Doesn't that disappoint you?
Well, we closed our visit to Kinards with a visit to the First Baptist Church in Clinton. What an awesome service that was. It was a contemporary service in which the worship portion was lead by a young man with a very powerful voice. The message given by the pastor was on Jeremiah 18 and Isaiah 64:8. Both of those Scripture passages discuss clay in the hands of the potter. We learned that clay used by potters must first go through a difficult process called "wedging" wherein the clay is pounded and kneaded in order to be properly prepared for use. Proper preparation is important so that all the unwanted aspects of the clay are removed before it can be put through the molding process (i.e., our trials and tribulations in life, no doubt). Another important point about the shaping process is that the clay must be centered properly on the potter's wheel or else it will spiral out of control and become marred during the forming process. Don't you feel like you're an uncentered lump of clay spinning off-balance sometimes? I know that I do. But, as the pastor pointed out, marred clay can still be used by the potter. He simply forms it into another pot. Thank God for that, right? I don't even want to estimate the number of times this lump of clay has been re-formed in my 52 years of life, but I know that I still have many more times to come. the pastor pointed out that as long as we are breathing, we are still on the potter's wheel. I am just thankful that God gives us the opportunity for second and third (and 154th) chances.
Alrighty then. We are off to Charleston tomorrow. Everyone we've spoken to tells us that we will just love that city. There is a ton of history there, not to mention great culture and FOOD! We anticipate mucho pics in the gallery next week so stay tuned.
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For those of you who thought Lauren's only interests were knitting, Bible study and bingo....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xkkh3E61Fyc
"There are two ways of exerting one's strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up."
– Booker T. Washington
Good morning from Kindards, South Carolina!
Steve and I finished our week at the Escapees Rally in Marion, North Carolina and had a great time. This rally was really for the Eastern chapters of the Escapees RV Club to meet and also to have several educational sessions. We met some really cool people from Ohio and joined the Ohio chapter of Escapees. We also learned about the importance of correct weight distribution in our trailer (for towing reasons), several computer programs for managing pictures like Picasa and Photo Story, and about several organizations that we could volunteer for like Angel Bus (RVers who volunteer to transport medical patients from one place to another), MASA (medical air service) and C.A.R.E. (a place where elderly RVers can go and get daily care for considerably less money than a nursing home). We ate well and met some great like-minded full-time RVers like us and gathered more information that will help us along our travel journey. If any of you are thinking about going on an extended RV trip, I highly recommend joining the Escapees RV Club. You not only get discounts at a good number of RV parks across the country, the organization also provides other services for full-time RVers - - like mail forwarding, inspection and weighing of RVs, and the C.A.R.E. organization mentioned above.
Aside from our time at the rally, I really don't have much to say about our stay in North Carolina other than to share with you our visit to the Biltmore Estate. Steve and I had been there about 10 years ago but that was in the fall when the flowers were not in bloom. This trip, we got to see the gardens in all their splendor and man was that a sight!!! For those of you who know me, I am a gardener and love flowers so you can imagine my delight. Steve got some great shots of these flowers so take a look in the gallery. It is interesting to know that the Vanderbilts originally owned 125,000 acres of land surrounding the house. The land you can see from the house was all professional landscaped by renowned landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmstead. He planted some 1,000,000 trees on the property, which he designed to provide a different feel and color from every vantage point at varying times of the year. In addition, he added numerous walking paths that lead from the house through the various gardens - - the shrub garden, the italian garden, the spring garden, the walled garden, the rose garden, and the azalea garden. So, so pretty! At the present time, two of George W. Vanderbilt's great grandchildren live on the property which is now only 8,000 acres in total. The remainder of the acreage was donated to the state of North Carolina as part of their state-owned and operated preserves.The house, as you can imagine, is quite overwhelming. It is the largest privately-owned residence in the country and was built by George W. Vanderbilt in 1895. He lived there only 19 years as he died young from complications of appendicitis. Anyway, we were not allowed to take any pictures inside the house so we focused on the architectural details of the outside and the gardens. If you are interested in seeing what this grand home looks like from the inside, go to Google Images and search under the Biltmore Estate. You will get tons of pictures to peruse through. Let me just say, however, that for all the money these people had, some of the rooms are decorated very oddly. The color combinations chosen were odd, in my opinion, and some were actually garish. I guess when you are decorating 175,000 square feet and 250 rooms, a person can run out of color options. :) Anyway, if you are in the Asheville area anytime in the future, take time to visit the Biltmore Estate. You will not be disappointed.
Okay, that's it for this week. Steve and I are in South Carolina for the next few weeks. We are in Kindards this week and will be exploring outdoor activities in the Sumter National Forest and some revolutionary war historical sights here. After this week, we will be in Charleston and then off to Darlington for the Nascar race.
We hope you guys didn't get any of that snow we heard was headed to the north and please pray for Terry and Jill as they are headed right into that storm as they continue their trek north to Maine.
Congratulations to Uncle Frank Miller who correctly guessed the function of the item in the contest. The device was used by wheelwrights to bend the steel banding that went around the outside of a wagon wheel. It was also used used to put the arch in the seat springs. My mom Connie also guessed correctly but the time stamp on the comment goes to Uncle Frank. If you want to win fabulous prizes like Uncle Frank just did just follow our blog and look for the next contest... YOU could be the next winner!!
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Finishing our time in Georgia
"The be-all and end-all of life should not be to get rich, but to enrich the world."
– Bertie Charles Forbes
I like this quote because this describes what we tried to do with the grandkids these past two weeks. Both Jeremiah and Darius (and Darius' sister, Diamond) are young teens and very curious about how the world works - - although they all think they have it figured out already. Each of them have a completely different approach to life and will go in completely different directions when they become adults. Our jobs, as their adult influences, is to help them see that the world is full of opportunity and challenge. We are to help them expand their horizons so that they see their future as something other than what is contained in their backyard and to let them know they have what it takes to reach those horizons. I am not saying that their backyards are bad places by any means. What I mean is that if they are to stay in their backyard, they do so because they have consciously chosen to do so and not because they didn't know there were other opportunities for them. Know what I mean?
Anyway, we finished our visit with Darius and Diamond by doing a little hiking down Stone Mountain and playing Mexican Train. That is such a fun game that a whole family can play so we highly recommend getting one and engaging your kids with a little family night activity. The last bit of excitement for D & D before they left was tackling a zipline tour. We took the kids to North Georgia Canopy Tours which allowed them to experience 9 different ziplines. Steve and I didn't get to see much of their experience since we didn't tag along, but what we did see was a total blast. Here's a video of them racing to the finish. Both D&D seemed to really enjoy that experience and talked about it all the way home. I am not sure I could have done it given my fear of heights and the difficulty I had with the Sky Hike earlier in the week. Steve would have been great with the kids, but he and I stayed behind to do some geocaching near the end of the zipline tour, which was fun.
D&D went home on Wednesday afternoon and Steve and I came back from the airport and took a nap! It is unbelievable how two teenagers can physically drain you. Nonetheless, we are very grateful that we had our grandchildren, and our children, for the past two weeks and consider every minute with them a blessing. We will hopefully see them again when we are near Washington, D.C. later in the summer. As with the quote above, we believe that taking the grandkids to D.C. will enrich their lives both in an appreciation for the country that they live in as well as some of the history that they will learn about as we tour the Smithsonian Museums.
At present, Steve and I are in Mountain City, Georgia - - the very northern part of Georgia just before you get into North Carolina. I must say, this was not a planned stop on our journey and boy am I glad we stopped here. This place is absolutely gorgeous. We are in the middle of the beginning of the Blue Ridge mountains and as a result, we are surrounded by absolute beauty. Mountain City/Clayton is about 90 miles north of Atlanta but seems a world away from the hustle and bustle and the stifling traffic jams of the city. Here, life is definitely slow and the great outdoors is all anyone cares about. There is just so much to do here. There are several great state parks within spitting distance. We drove to the top of Black Rock Mountain in Black Rock State Park. The views from their were quite breathtaking and as we looked west from the top of the mountain, we imagined Terry, Jill and Rooney traversing the moutaintops we could see. From this vantage point, the Appalachian Trail looks like an insurmountable task, but based on Jill's (or who we affectionately refer to as "Poopy") blog, their first week was a good one and they covered 79 miles so far. (Her and Terry's website addresses are located in the blog post from the previous week).
Our next stop here in Mountain City was to visit a little museum called Foxfire. This was a total surprise. We expected to visit an old mountain farming village, but little did we know that this entire museum, as well as the 12 books in the Foxfire series, were put together by local high school kids back in 1969. The museum village is quite impressive. They have gathered an interesting collection of old mountain homes, chapels, barns, etc. and put together an interesting and educational exhibit that helps explain life in the mountains. These same kids, along with their English teacher, wrote a series of books based on their mountain heritage. I have bought the first book of the series and look forward to enjoying the folk lore contained therein. We even have a new contest based on something we learned at this museum while in the wagon makers barn. The first person to correctly guess what this item is will receive a bar of handmade Lemongrass soap and a handmade ceramic soap dish. These two gifts are made by a woman named Jenny and her young son, "Muddy Moses", so named because he always liked to play in the dirt and was apparently filthy all the time. Please post your answers in the blog comments.
One of the best things that Steve and I did was visit Tallulah Gorge State Park. Here in the park is found one of the most beautiful gorges in the United States, and the deepest east of the Mississippi. This gorge is not only beautiful with the Tallulah River running at the bottom through huge boulders and pine trees, but it is also famous for having been crossed by high wire walker Frank Wallenda in July of 1970. Steve and I hiked a few good trails in this park, not the least of which was one that took us 620 steps down to the suspension bridge that crosses from the north rim to the south. We couldn't go the additional 400 steps to the bottom of the gorge because during this weekend, a very special event takes place. On four weekends a year - - two in April and two in October - - the Georgia Power and Light Company, who owns the dam at the mouth of the Tallulah River, opens the dam to take the water flow from 30-50 cubic feet per second to 700 cubic feet per second into the river. The result is an absolutely astounding 2 mile course of rapids for the local (and not so local) kayakers. Steve and I stood and watched these kayakers for quite some time conquer the three waterfalls that we could see: Hurricane, Oceana and Bridal Veil Falls. It was so cool to watch these men and women take on the challenge of this torrent of water. Check out the video that Steve has posted to get a feel for what we saw that day. We especially enjoyed watching this kayaker take on Hurricane Falls. He contemplated his strategy for about 10 minutes before mustering up enough courage to go down. You can't tell by the video but he made it just fine...trust me.
Since we had no idea what the river looked like without the intense water flow from the dam, we came back to the park the next morning to see the river as it transformed from simple stream flowing over rocks, to the torrent of water flowing from the dam. Georgia Power closed the dam at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon and then reopened it at 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning so that is how we could see the "before and after" transformation of the river. As we stood there waiting for the flood to come, we marveled at the beauty of the sunrise in the mountains and watched the birds soaring BELOW the vantage point that we had. Steve even captured two turkey buzzards mating, but we aren't going to share those pictures in an attempt to keep this website at a "G" rating. ; ) Anyway, while we were waiting for the water to flow downriver, we could hear the roar of the rush coming toward us. That was really cool to hear. We couldn't see the water yet, but we knew for sure it was coming. It was really cool to watch the gentle, comforting and meandering river turn into a tempest. I wish I had the guts to attempt the kayak challenge as I am sure it would be a life-altering (or ending) experience. We shot a video of the water flow increasing. It's 6 minutes long but stay till the end and you'll be rewarded with a look down the beautiful Talluah Gorge just after sunrise.
Ok, that's it for this week. Steve and I are headed to Marion, North Carolina for a rally with one of the camping clubs that we belong to: Escapees. We are also getting some of the little gremlins of our trailer home repaired while we are there (since the campground is next door to an authorized Redwood service provider). While in Marion we will be visiting the Biltmore Estate in Asheville and taking in some other sites in the area. We may even catch up with Terry, Poopy and Rooney, which would be a nice surprise.
Take care all!
Atlanta - Week 2
"Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They're what make the instrument stretch — what makes you go beyond the norm."
– Cicely Tyson
Happy Easter Everyone!!!
First, let me say that Steve and I hope all of you had a chance to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus with your friends and family. We are far from ours, but are happy that we at least had Darius and Diamond with us today. We began the day at 5:30 a.m. getting ready to go to a sunrise service at the summit of Stone Mountain. It was rather chilly but a very nice experience. It was amazing to see the number of people who came to this mountaintop service. As we pulled up (via cable car) to the top of Stone Mountain, it was already covered with people and the sun was just beginning to rise. The pink hues in that sunrise were spectacular over the mist-covered lower hills of North Georgia. Very nice way to begin such an important day!
So, okay, let me go back to the beginning of the week wherein we still had our grandson Jeremiah with us. First, Jeremiah and Steve did a little geocaching while I went to a Bible Study seminar. They were not very successful but did get to see some great ruins from an old textile mill. That evening, we headed to Roswell so that Steve and Jeremiah could experience the best Georgia barbeque that I have ever had - - at Slopes in Roswell, GA. MMMMMMMM. Some seriously good pulled pork with cole slaw, southern mac & cheese and fried pickles on the side. Yeah Man!
The next day, the three of us went to Stone Mountain Park to enjoy some outdoor time. Steve, Jeremiah and I challenged ourselves with the attraction there called "Sky Hike" which consisted of 62 obstacles on three levels (12 ft., 24 ft., and 36 ft. in the air). These obstacles were things like rope bridges, thin wooden planks, and other such challenges that you do while connected overhead via a harness. We all started out like gangbusters and then Lauren has a panic attack. I mean a full blown, heart racing, light-headed "going to pass out" panic attack. I was 12 feet up in the air walking across a rope bridge when I suddenly felt like I was going to fall to the ground and couldn't settle my nerves down. I finished the first level but then exited the Sky Hike as quickly as possible. My excuse was so that I could take pictures of Jeremiah and Steve going through the next two levels of challenges. I must say, I am VERY proud of my 55-year old husband for making it through to the very end. These challenges were a lot harder than you think and I wasn't the only one who left after the first level. Jeremiah, being the athletic 15-year old that he is, had no trouble with any of them. But for Steve to finish like he did, that was really something to watch.
We also had a great time taking the Sky Ride up to the top of the mountain. The view from up there is really something - - you can see Atlanta, Buckhead, and the Roswell/Alpharetta area so clearly. We decided to walk down the mountain on the designated trail, thinking that a downhill trek would be a piece of cake. NOT!!! Our quads were killing us after the 1.3 mile trek down those rocks and then to make matters worse, we realized that the 1.3 miles we walked took us in the exact opposite direction from our car. So we had to walk 1.3 miles back - - uphill - - which left the three of us exhausted (it was also in the upper 80's so the heat wasn't any help either). We also rode the train and took the Duck ride into the lake. Jeremiah even got to drive the Duck!!!!
The next day we visited the Georgia Aquarium and the Coca Cola Museum. I must say, the aquarium was very nice and did a nice job separating the exhibits into the different environments that the fish and other sea creatures are found in (i.e., fresh water, tropical, etc.). The best part about this aquarium was the dolphin show. That was just about the coolest show I have seen in a long time. I don't want to give you any more information than to say it is worth a visit to this aquarium just for that show. But in all honesty, both Steve and I think the aquarium in Chattanooga was a little bit better than this one in Georgia.
The Coca Cola Museum was interesting. They had on display some seriously cool Coke memorabilia. We watched a couple of movies there - - one on the "happiness factory" which was about what happens behind the scenes inside a vending machine when someone purchases a Coke. That was cute. The other movie was a 4-D movie featuring a scientist looking for the perfect Coke recipe. Also cute. The best part of the experience, however, was getting to taste all 70 Coke products that are sold worldwide. Some of the flavors were interesting but some were downright disgusting. Our last stop was watching a make-shift bottling factory. It was interesting to see how they clean and fill the bottles and cans (which they do 2,000 per hour in a normal bottling plant).
On Wednesday, Jeremiah went home. We didn't get to the Fernbank Museum as we had originally intended because our hot water tank wasn't working and Steve needed to get that fixed so that was our priority. We were sad to see him go home but welcomed the brief rest before Rounds 2 and 3 of our visiting family took place.
Thursday, Darius and Diamond flew in to spend a few days with us. In addition to that, our oldest son, Terry, and his girlfriend Jill (and dog Rooney) also arrived in Atlanta in preparation for the launch of their hike on the Appalachian Trail. We had a nice time together on Friday (all 6 of us and a big Weimaraner) and on Saturday morning as we took them to Amicalola Falls State Park and the start of the AT. We are so excited for them and their journey and said a prayer with them before they headed out. Here are their website addresses if you are curious at all about what this journey takes to both prepare for, and to stay focused through. Jill's website is: http://www.atraillife.com/ and Terry's is: http://www.anotheratadventure.blogspot.com/. Also, here is a link to a website that talks about the AT adventure: http://www.appalachiantrail.org. Terry has done this 2,184 mile hike once before, but for Jill and Rooney, this was a brand new adventure. Please keep them in your prayers as they traverse 14 states until they finish at the top of Mt. Katahdin in Maine sometime in October. Today's quote was chosen in honor of Terry and Jill and their journey.
So, here we are back at Sunday where I started this blog. We just returned from Stone Mountain but this time it was Darius and Diamond tackling the Sky Hike. Steve and I stayed back to watch them and take pictures. These two did a great job and had a great time doing it too. After that adventure, we headed over for a train ride and then played some putt putt. A good time was had by all!
Okay everyone, Happy Easter and please take some time to think about what this day represents. We are all so blessed because of Jesus' sacrifice. Give Him and extra-special "thank you" today!
Talk to ya . . .
"I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow."
– Julia Cameron
Good morning from Atlanta!
As a reminder, we had such a great time in Savannah that we extended our trip until last Thursday so we don't have much to report from Atlanta yet.
As promised, however, I will tell you about the low country boil that Steve and I had at the Methodist church. It consisted of potatoes, corn, sausage and shrimp all boiled together with some Old Bay spices. It was quite delish, but the shrimps were whole shrimps that had not been peeled nor deveined, so you can imagine the fun that I had with that. Anyway, we sat at a table full of people we had never met before and found out that one woman had come from Toledo and relocated to Savannah some 15 years ago. She went to St. Ursula High School and worked as a nurse at St. Vincent's Hospital (where our daughter Jill is a working as a nurse now). It was fun to tell her how the city has changed, but it was even more fun to talk about the past 7 months that Steve and I have been on the road. Can you believe it - - it's been 7 months since we took off on this trip. The couples at the table with us were most intrigued by our lifestyle and were beside themselves with how cool they thought it was. It was nice to hear so much affirmation about a decision that both Steve and I (and many of you) thought might be a bit crazy when we first made it. To be honest, though, I have never been happier in my life and wouldn't trade this experience for all the tea in china (so to speak). That's why I like the quote above. It is the perfect descriptor for our journey.
The remainder of our time in Savannah was spent at the park where we camped. We did some geocaching and it was a blast. One of the caches was a 7-part, multicache which was very cool. If you are unfamiliar with the high tech scavenger hunt called geocaching, I suggest you try it. It is really quite an enjoyable experience. Anyway, aside from geocaching, we did laundry and washed our trailer, much to the chagrin of the camp ranger.
On Thursday, we pulled up stakes and headed for Atlanta. Our grandson, Jeremiah, was flying in Friday night to spend some time with us and we thought Atlanta would be a great city for him (and Darius and Diamond as well) to experience. Unfortunately for Jeremiah, his plane was delayed so he didn't arrive until 11:30 that evening. I give him credit though. It was the first time he had flown on his own (without either parent to accompany him) and he did great. Jill (his mother) made him find the way to the gate on the Detroit side of his flight and likewise, we had him figure out how to get to baggage claim in Atlanta. If you've never flown into Atlanta, let me tell you this is one HUGE airport and I believe one of the busiest, if not the busiest, in the world. He did a great job figuring out where to go.
Since I had a Bible study seminar on Saturday, Steve and Jeremiah did some geocaching on their own at a state park nearby. They didn't find anything but did have a bit of an adventure and a few good laughs. Yesterday was Jeremiah's 15th birthday and we celebrated with a skype session with his family while we sang "Happy Birthday". We also went to the movies and saw The Hunger Games (which we all liked). We closed out the day with a round of putt putt, pizza and coconut cake.
We don't have many pictures of Jeremiah's visit yet but we will have some to share next week. Today we are heading out to Stone Mountain Park. Tomorrow we will be visiting the Coca Cola Museum and the huge new aquarium in Atlanta. Jeremiah also wants to visit Fernbank which is a natural history museum. He then flies home on Wednesday afternoon and then Darius and Diamond fly in on Thursday night for a few days. So we will have much to report for next week.
Thanks everyone and take care. Until next time . . .