Saturday, April 30, 2011

Recap of our trip

I'm sure you've all heard about the horrible tornadoes that have been ripping through the South. Well, those violent storms prevented us from camping earlier this week. We decided that we didn't want to be in a tent on a mountain during a tornado or lightning storm, so we stayed at Clint's dad's house instead. We were really bummed that our camping trip didn't work out, but my father-in-law lives in Athens, so we took advantage of all the fun things to do in the area in lieu of camping and hiking.

One of the first places we visited was the Fernbank Science Center because it's free. None of the indoor exhibits were too exciting, but Fernbank Forest was great! Clint and I were pretty much the only ones in it, and it was so beautiful. We walked through it snacking on honeysuckle and enjoying the beauty of nature and each other's company.

We ate lunch one day at my new favorite lunch spot, Last Resort Grill. Um, YUM, and somehow, CHEAP! We got three meals and a dessert to share for $35, including a good tip. All their stuff is local too. They have a whole section on their website about where they get their food from. This will be a definite go-to spot for us whenever we're in the area!
This is painted on the side of their downtown building. It was love at first sight.
Yum. A picture of some salmon/kale dish from their website. Whatever it is, it looks amazing!

Probably my favorite part of our trip was the State Botanical Gardens. Swoon. I loved it! And it gave me even more weird ideas that poor Clint is going to have to put up with once implemented. Some of my favorite parts of the Gardens were the herb section, the succulents, and the tillandsia they had hidden everywhere inside the conservatory. This is another place I would love to visit again!
A view over some of the grounds.

The conservatory.

Clint and I also had some free movie tickets, so we thought we would take his dad to a movie. We weren't real thrilled about anything that was playing, so we took a guess at what might be entertaining and went to see Hanna. I have only one word to describe that movie: weird.

Our last day there we went to the Georgia Aquarium. Apparently it's the biggest aquarium in the world, and it's really cool. My favorite part was the variety and intensity of the colors of all the different fish. They were so beautiful! It made me sad though; I just hate seeing any creature in captivity. Those whales, sharks, and dolphins were made to live in the huge, vast ocean! It would be like never being allowed out of our apartment. All our needs would be met, but I would go insane. And, we didn't even visit the dolphin exhibition after watching a documentary called The Cove. If you haven't seen it, I recommend it.

My final most favorite thing about the trip was our quick visit to Earth Fare. I think I just drooled a little bit thinking about it. I got a three salad sampler from their deli in a compostable container and was in vegetable heaven. Go there if you get the chance!


Clint Ross said...

I've never had more fun in my hometown than I have with you!! This trip turned a different course but we made the best of it together :-) Hopefully next time we'll be able to spend some time alone in the woods under a canopy of love... hehe.

Maggard said...

gulll!!! canopy of love -eeek!! :) I haven't heard about your trip yet, but it sounds AMAZING. All of it. Especially the gardens and food. I love that mural!!

Caroline said...

Last Resort is my favorite too! I didn't know their stuff was local I like it so much better!