"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 . . .