Theme Park Getaway in Orlando

Monday We woke up bright and early Monday, Labor Day and left the house at 6 am. We grabbed breakfast and drove straight to Universal Studios. We were paying for parking by 11 am. We rode Race through NYC with Jimmy Fallon, Fast and the Furious, Escape from Gringotts. Next we rode Hogwarts Express to…… Continue reading Theme Park Getaway in Orlando

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Weekend away in Blairsville, Georgia

I went to a photography workshop a few weekends ago, but the clouds covered the Milky Way, so this trip is attempt two at getting some shots of the Milky Way. My friend Jeanne and I headed towards Blairsville Friday at about noon. We took backroads so we could ride with the top down. First…… Continue reading Weekend away in Blairsville, Georgia

Perfect weekend in Hiawassee

This weekend started after lunch Friday. We checked traffic in Atlanta, but it was already bad, so the GPS routed us through Gray, to Athens, to Helen and in to Hiawassee. We arrived and got settled in at The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge. After we relaxed, we headed over to the Copper Door in…… Continue reading Perfect weekend in Hiawassee

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Gardens near Orlando Florida

We just returned from a week in Orlando. We did the pool and parks, but had some time to explore a few gardens too. Bok Tower Gardens and Harry P Leu Gardens are both in and around the Orlando area. These are both worth a visit. Here are a few of my favorite park photos.…… Continue reading Gardens near Orlando Florida

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Perfect Gainesville Florida weekend

Thursday night rolled around and I didn’t have any plans for the weekend! I knew this had to be remedied immediately. I started searching for somewhere that I didn’t think wouldn’t be packed with spring breakers, didn’t cost $400 plus a night for lodging and offered some type of hiking and adventuring. Some of the…… Continue reading Perfect Gainesville Florida weekend

7 Best Botanical Gardens in Georgia ***PLUS BONUS RESORT WITH GARDENS!

For anyone that knows me, knows I get thorough enjoyment out of flowers and plants…maybe because I grew up with a horticulturalist as a dad, being a part of the Ornamental Horticulture team in FFA or just because they are so beautiful; either way, I truly enjoy the beauty in it all.  These gardens are…… Continue reading 7 Best Botanical Gardens in Georgia ***PLUS BONUS RESORT WITH GARDENS!

Atlanta Explorations

We ended a week in Orlando on Friday, drove home, unpacked and packed back up for an overnight in Atlanta. It was another volleyball weekend. After walking over 30 miles in the parks throughout the week, I decided to take it easy on my Saturday explorations. First I headed to Piedmont Park to watch the…… Continue reading Atlanta Explorations

Georgia weekend explorations

You guessed it, another volleyball weekend and my random explorations… We headed up to Suwanee, Georgia after work on Friday. I had made a dinner reservation for us at our favorite dinner spot there, Trattoria One 41. It is a very nice authentic Italian restaurant. Before dinner is served, they bring out a fresh bread…… Continue reading Georgia weekend explorations

Massee Lane Gardens

If you’re ever near Ft Valley Georgia, in February especially, you can not miss the Camellias in bloom at Massee Lane Gardens! I visited there today and there were so many varieties. It was nice to get outside for a while too. One of my favorite spots there is the Japanese Garden. Japanese Garden The…… Continue reading Massee Lane Gardens