Georgia Vacation – Part One: Atlanta

I’m finally back from Georgia! We had a great vacation. We saw and did so much that it seems like we were there longer than a week. To get from Iowa to Atlanta was about 16 hours of driving. We broke the trip up, (which was a good thing, because there were 7 of us in a van that could comfortably fit 6). We stayed in Mt. Vernon, IL the first night. I drove us from Waverly to the hotel, which is about 7 1/2 hours. I’m used to that amount of driving since the trip from Warrensburg, MO to back home in Iowa is about 6 1/2 hours, so it wasn’t too bad. The next morning we drove from IL to Atlanta. I’ve always liked the South and thought it to be pretty country. I hadn’t been south of Missouri in about 7 years, so it was nice to see the area again. We got to our hotel in Alpharetta, Georgia, and hung out for the rest of the night. The following morning we headed into Atlanta. We got the City Pass, which is a bundle package rate for many attractions in the area. We started out at the Georgia Aquarium.

The Georgia Aquarium is only about 6 years old. It’s located in Olympic Park, next to the Coke Factory. It’s the largest aquarium in the World, and it’s a must-see for those vacationing in the area.

Entrance into the Georgia Aquarium © Holly Hildreth 2011

Entrance into the Georgia Aquarium

Inside the front entry © Holly Hildreth 2011

Inside the front entry

My sister, Jen, touching a stingray © Holly Hildreth 2011

My sister, Jen, touching a stingray

© Holly Hildreth 2011

Tide Pool area where you could touch the animals © Holly Hildreth 2011

Tide Pool area where you could touch the animals

Conan Dolphin © Holly Hildreth 2011

Conan Dolphin

The Family waiting for our behind-the-scenes tour

The Family waiting for our behind-the-scenes tour

The World's largest indoor aquarium. This is behind the scenes. We're above the aquarium looking down. The tank itself about a football field in size

The World's largest indoor aquarium. This is behind the scenes. (We're above the aquarium looking down). The tank itself about a football field in size.

Jellyfish © Holly Hildreth 2011

The Family

The Family

The World's Largest indoor aquarium © Holly Hildreth 2011

The World's Largest indoor aquarium

Whale Shark. This is the largest fish in the world, and the Georgia Aquarium is the only place to have one in captivity. Very little is known on the species, so having four of these fish is quite the feet. © Holly Hildreth 2011

Whale Shark. This is the largest fish in the world, and the Georgia Aquarium is the only place to keep them in captivity. Very little is known on the species, so having four of these fish is quite the feet.

Georgia Aquarium © Holly Hildreth 2011

The family in downtown Atlanta

The family in downtown Atlanta

After spending the morning at the Aquarium, we grabbed some lunch and headed over to the Coca-Cola Factory.

Waiting in line at the Coke Factory © Holly Hildreth 2011

Waiting in line at the Coke Factory

In line at the Coke Factory--it was HOT!! © Holly Hildreth 2011

In line at the Coke Factory--it was HOT!!

The entrance into the World of Coca-Cola © Holly Hildreth 2011

The entrance into the World of Coca-Cola

Olympic Torches at the Coke Factory  © Holly Hildreth 2011

Olympic Torches at the Coke Factory

A machine bottling and packaging bottles of Coke © Holly Hildreth 2011

A machine bottling and packaging bottles of Coke

Us Girls before the 4-D movie at Coke World © Holly Hildreth 2011

Us Girls before the 4-D movie at Coke World

Gift Shop © Holly Hildreth 2011

Gift Shop

After the tour of the factory, we headed back to our hotel. It was still very hot outside, so we took a dip in the outdoor pool and then played some cards.

Up Next: Georgia Vacation – Part II

Also, if you would like to see ALL the photos from our vacation, feel free to check out my Flickr. I only posted a few pictures in my blog, but I have about 160 proofs you can see if you watch the slideshow: CLICK HERE

Destination: Wisconsin

This past weekend our friends, Char and Chet invited us to their cabin near Prairie Du Chien, WI. It was a nice chance to get out of Missouri and away from all the hectic stuff that had been happening recently. For me, I didn’t miss the 20 phone calls a day from work, and I know for Curry, it was nice to relax after dealing with the military and car accident stuff from the last week. It was a fun and memorable weekend. I didn’t take many pictures, as we usually were busy with something. While up there, we cut down four trees. Anyway, here are a few pictures from our vacation adventure.

Curry and Chet prove their manliness by chopping down the forrest with machetes.

Curry and Chet prove their manliness by chopping down the forrest with machetes.

 

Ferns in the forest

Ferns in the forest

 

Yes. That IS an outhouse...

Yes. That IS an outhouse...

 

Caterpillar, which we later discovered was really a bag worm. There were a TON of them everywhere

Caterpillar, which we later discovered was really a bag worm. There were a TON of them everywhere.

 

I did some tree climbing...

I did some tree climbing...

 

Looking down from my perch in the tree.

Looking down from my perch in the tree.

 

Chet and Curry fighting...Somehow I don't think this will end well for Chet. Curry's got a machete, and Chet's got...a blade of grass.

Chet and Curry fighting...Somehow I don't think this will end well for Chet. Curry's got a machete, and Chet's got...a blade of grass.

 

Char with her grass mustache. Afterwords we discovered that they made our faces super itchy.

Char with her grass mustache. Afterwords we discovered that they made our faces super itchy.

 

Photo Char took of me with my grass mustache. Photo © Charlene Champion

Photo Char took of me with my grass mustache. Photo © Charlene Champion

 

The boys fighting again.

The boys fighting again.

 

Us all sweaty from the hike. Most attractive.

Us all sweaty from the hike. Most attractive.

 

Giant toad

Giant toad

 

Curry couldn't handle the bugs.

Curry couldn't handle the bugs.

 

Tiny toad

Tiny toad