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...


Katie said...

These pictures are amazing! and the honey oat looks darling as well! p.s. sorry about the other day, I totally thought I'd be back to my house b4 you guys left. And it took longer than I thought! I missed out on u guys... love u

Lindsi said...

Gorgeous pictures! I love the one of the waterfall! Hope you guys had a great time:)