Last weekend, the girls went up north to Blue Ridge, Georgia to spend some time at my brother in law's cabin with some girl friends.
Junior and I stayed home for a few days to give them girly time, and then he, his bud Jonathon, and I drove up to join them.
The collage below shows a little of what we saw.
Upper left is the view from the cabin's porch. The rest of the pics are views of Amicalola Falls State Park. We don't get a lot of waterfalls in Florida, so we tend to stop and gawk when we see water tumbling over a cliff.
We don't get a lot of cliffs either, so we actually would stop and gawk even if there wasn't any water tumbling.
There was considerable back porch time, but we also went tubing down the local river where Mr. Sunscreen only applied SPF 30 to his face ... and fried his chest and belly like a Canadian tourist on a 3 day trip to Florida.
I haven't done that in about a million years and yowza! I am paying for it now.
(Note to self: Next time apply more goo and change position in the tube.)
The river was cool and clearish, so I did a lot of fish watching. These cool water streams are pretty low in diversity compared to home, but it was nice to be in freshwater without any thought of gators.
I kept plunging my hand into the gravelly bottom as I drifted over the shallow sections.
Each time my hand would come up with smoothly rounded pebbles and pea gravel.
All I could think of was, " Geez, this stuff is $3.85 a bag back home at Home Depot."
Stuffing my pockets with river pebbles was out of the question since the object of floating down the river was to actually "float".
We all went down to the little movie theater in Blue Ridge one evening to see "Batman". This is a tiny retro theater with two screens, no cup holders on your seat, and don't expect any free refills on your popcorn or coke.
It's not open all day with multiple showings either.
The movie's at 7:00 pm and again at 9:00 pm.
If you miss it, it's your own dang fault.
It wasn't ornate like the old Matanzas Theater I grew up with in St. Augustine, but the small size made me think of it.
My Uncle Tom lives in Blue Ridge and he told me once he and my aunt were the only two people in the theater and the theater owner came in and told them, " Look if we don't get at least 2 more people, we're not showing the movie ."
I suppose it takes at least 4 people to make a profit.
My kids love this theater precisely because it is so tiny and to them, unusual.
The trip went pretty smoothly ... there was that one incident with the bear, but I took care of that.
We spent some quality breakfast time at nearby Mercier Orchards where fresh baked apple scones, blueberry scones, apple cider doughnuts, and peaches 'n cream muffins made excellent coffee accompaniment.
In fact, I hit the Mercier baked goods so hard that now that I'm home ...
... I'll have to hit the pushups just as hard.