S: Georgia 2012
BC: Created by Barb Januscheitis for Lynne and Bruce Leibrecht with many thanks for their hospitality
FC: Georgia 2 0 1 2
1: Welcome to Gainesville| September 23, 2012 | This is the story of Barb's visit to Gainesville, Georgia to see Lynne, Bruce and Maddie and their new home in Cresswind at Lake Lanier.
2: "Come on down", they said . So that's just what Barb did.
3: A tour of the house and grounds, along with a water aerobics class led by Lynne was first on the agenda.
4: It's up bright and early for a trip into Atlanta. Oh my...look at all those cars.
5: Traffic into Atlanta was at a crawl. Would we make our tour on time? Will they leave without us? Call the tour company. Thank goodness for cell phones. Where should we park? "We'll come and find you." We made it on time and had a great tour through the Martin Luther King historical area, the Inman Park neighborhood and downtown Atlanta.
8: We learned to love Peachtree street after several trips up and down this main thoroughfare of Atlanta
10: Swan Coach House for lunch.
11: Even though he was the only male present in the restaurant, Bruce made no complaints.
13: The Carter Library and Museum
14: | The Entrance to the Carter Center
15: "What do you want to do when you come to Georgia?" "I'd like to see the Carter Presidential Library." Being the good hosts that they are, Lynne and Bruce arranged a day in Atlanta so Barb could visit the library.....along with other fun things.
16: | The Varsity
17: Centennial Olympic Park
19: A pontoon ride on Lake Lanier. No matter that the restaurant at the marina was closed...we found something to keep us sustained.
21: A trip to the North Georgia Mountains | Helen, Georgia
23: The Chattahoochee River Alan Jackson was no where to be found.
24: Today we are going to zip line. Off we go to Sunburst Stables near Helen, Georgia. After getting strapped up, we had to step on the scale. Whew! I made the cut. Who knew fat people can't zip line. Then up the mountain in a WWII truck that still had it's original shock absorbers. Here we are at the top hooking up to the line. Are you ready?
27: Our adventure started with a 4-wheel ride through a miniature animal farm (featuring a hungry llama) to the first line. We started on a 400 foot "sea-leg" zip line that gave us the do's and don'ts of zip lining. The "Sawmill" zip line took us through the trees and over the sawmill to the cave zip line. This line traveled 700 feet into the opening of the goldmine cave then 200 feet through darkness. "Don't stick your arms out." We felt drops of bat pee as we zipped through the cave. The next line, "Moonshine", was a 1000 foot line that crossed two pastures and a large pond before descending into the trees. "Fox Line", 100 feet above the forest floor, was just awesome. The longest of the lines, "Holy Cow", was 1200 feet, starting with a beautiful view overlooking Batesville and the valley . This line descended fast as it crossed over an acre pond and ended on the parallel ridge line where the last lines - "Double the Fun " was a double zip line with a twist. Hang on to your partner's hand or you'll get wet! Why is it that Bruce look like a pro and Barb and Lynne are hanging on with both hands?
31: A trip to the historic gold mining town of Dahlonega, Georgia was next on the agenda. We did the walking tour of the historic buildings around the public square. Along the way we managed to get in a little shopping. Since it was a week day during 'off' season, we found easy parking and welcoming shop keepers.
34: Sylvan Valley Lodge - our home for two nights.
35: Oktoberfest in Helen gave our last night some excitement. Chicken Dance, here we come!
36: Barb: "No, I don't want to go to the Cabbage Patch Kids hospital." Lynne: "Ah, come on, it's fun." Barb: "No, I don't want to go." Guess who bought a doll?