On the last day of last-LAST year, Dean and I took to the mountains for a brisk hike in Helen. Our noses were getting red and runny from the cold when we stumbled upon a crowd charging into the lake for a “polar bear plunge.” On the shore, a polar bear mascot danced in front […]
Bits and bobs. Phew, that was a long, packed trip! Touring the Carter house in Franklin, home of 1,000 Civil War bullets. Earth mounds at the Kennesaw battlefield. “Wow, Steph. I didn’t know you were a Civil War buff!” The thing is, I’m not exactly. HOWEVER, like football, I grew up around a lot of […]
Holy Helen! It’s been over a year since we took my British in-laws on a road trip through the south but better late than never to reminisce. I am completely smitten with the town of Helen. It’s got North Georgia’s natural beauty with the mountains and Chattahoochee River; then it’s got the kitsch factor of […]
Last-LAST November, Dean and I took a day trip to Black Rock Mountain State Park for some jaw-drapping vistas of the Appalachian mountains. I’m sure this place is unreal during peak leaf season since it’s incredible even at the tail end of fall. The scenery was still dotted with color amidst the barren brown and […]
Back in August, Erin and I woke up in the pitch black of an early morning to watch the sun rise over Arabia Mountain. Seeing everything quietly light up in such a geographically unique spot was nothing short of spellbinding. The rocky surface of the mountain is swirled like marble cake and the cairns look […]
The past week was awful– nationally heartbreaking and personally disgusting (TMI another time)– but Saturday was a nice break in the clouds. Erin drove us into Atlanta to hang out with our third AZN Girl Gang member, Bo. Without a doubt, it’s the longest chunk of time I’ve spent with a group of “girlfriends” since […]
After a week of rain, Erin and I took advantage of a warm, cloudless day to check out the graffiti under the Pulaski tracks. I’d never been before but it seems to have frequent visitors so I’ll be back to check out changes. Athens, you are amazing.
November 2014: Dean was working a long Black Friday weekend in Lithonia and I tagged along for my own vacation of hotel swimming and cable TV (Lifetime Christmas movies, my greatest vice!). On the way home, we stopped at Tanglewood Farms, a petting zoo of miniature animals. Like many who love animals, I’m conflicted about […]
On the way to Tennessee, Dean and I stopped off at Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden in Summerville. Oh man! This is a must-see for anyone in or around North Georgia. Finster used his art to spread the gospel but his vision is so joyful and inspirational, it transcends religion. Every painting, sculpture, and structure emits […]
After walking around Savannah, my mom and I retired to a hotel on Tybee Island. The next morning, it was extra chilly so we were only on the beach for a few minutes. Still beautiful in the off season but- hooooo woah. Watery eyes and red cheeks from that windy rain!