Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Georgia/Tennessee Trip in May, Part 1

We visited my parents and grandfather the first week of May in Georgia and Tennessee and had a great time with plenty of adventures.

Our first adventure was getting to Atlanta, or really, getting to Dallas (our layover city).

Thunderstorm over Dallas

This beauty and quite of few of his siblings caused us first to divert to Austin to sit on the tarmac for 4 hours and then, trying once again to land in Dallas, to divert to San Antonio, this time for only an hour or so of tarmac-sitting. When we finally arrived at the Dallas airport, we had been on the same airplane for 14 hours, not including the one 45-minute break when we got off to find some food in the Austin airport. Thankfully Gavin was absolutely content the whole entire time to play, sleep, eat, look out the window and generally be a happy toddler. What a blessing! If he had been cranky I think we would have really hated the experience, but since he was happy, we were pretty happy too. We weren't as happy the next day going on about an hour of sleep in the Dallas airport the night before, but the airport had brought out cots for the many stranded travelers so at least we were able to let Gavin get some rest (one of us laid beside him on the cot).

Once we made it to Atlanta, my parents picked us up and we drove to Springfield, Tennessee, where my grandfather and a few other relatives live. We enjoyed visiting with them, spent the night and then headed to Pigeon Mountain (in north Georgia) for a short camping trip. It was Gavin's first camping trip and my first in several years, and we all had a great time. (And Gavin slept just fine in his pack-n-play in the tent, at least at night, which I had been concerned about seeing as he had just started consistently sleeping through the night and was teething right before the trip, which usually means night-waking and generally bad sleep for him. Again, a blessing!)

We hiked to a beautiful waterfall

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and then went to Rocktown, where Gavin (and the rest of us) got to climb some really cool rocks (see other people's photos of the rock formations here).

Chad Climbing
Chad climbing at Rocktown


Gavin Climbing
Climbing at Rocktown

Gavin Having a Generally Great Time
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Afterwards, we packed up our campsite and headed to my parents house in Warner Robins. (And of course had to stop by a Chick-Fil-A on the way home. Hmm... I think that might have been the second Chick-Fil-A stop we had made in 3 days of being in the south... what can I say? Eat Mor Chikin!)
More to come...

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Berry Picking

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We went raspberry and marionberry picking today at Chad's Aunt's house and at Thompson Farms, respectively. The raspberries are on their way out (but still tasty, and free - thanks Boyles!) but the marionberries are huge, sweet (well, mostly, if you pick the right ones!), plentiful and cheap ($1/pound)! Gavin certainly preferred picking raspberries to picking marionberries - it's much easier and more fun to get tasty fruit if it's thorn-free, at your eye level and doesn't leave you puckering if you accidentally get a not-quite-ripe one.

Here are a few photos from the raspberry goodness (sorry, we didn't carry our camera out into the marionberry fields):

Picking
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Showing
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Chomping
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Still to come: We went to visit my parents at the beginning of May and had a great time. I have lots of photographs and things to write about. Also I'm sure you're dying to hear about Gavin's latest antics, so I'll try to get to that soon, too.