10-11, 2007 - Fall Creek Falls State Park, near Pikeville, TN
I remember going to
Falls when I was a kid, but I think it's probably changed a lot.
Now they have lots more to do. There is, of course , camping and a
lake, but they also have miles of paved bike trails, horses, a golf course,
a huge pool (closed for the season), tennis courts, a gym, and more.
Unfortunately, the drought has reduced the falls to a trickle. Seeing
this really drives home how serious the drought is. On a lighter note,
the one thing that made this weekend great was participating is our new
hobby, Geocaching. It's a
type of treasure hunting game where you use a GPS (global positioning
system) receiver to track down a "cache" that someone has hidden.
There was one hidden along the bike path by the lake. The kids all got
a little cheap toy from the container, and we left
semi-precious gemstones (agate). On the way home, we stopped near
Dayton, TN and found another cache. This one was just a tiny container
with a little log book that we signed. The general idea of Geocaching
is to add a new element of fun and excitement to traveling (especially the
kids), and to introduce travelers to sights, views, and history that they
won't find in a travel guide.
Although it was probably past peak for the
colors up on the Cumberland Plateau, we still saw lots of Fall color.
I wish I could have stopped and taken more pictures while driving, but we
would have never gotten home!
I'm not sure, but I think I caught a glimpse of some legendary creatures
November 4, 2007 - Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
been Zoo Atlanta members for several years. It is, without a doubt,
one of the best annual investments we make. For one very reasonable
fee, we can go as often as we like. Days like this are perfect.
It was in the 60s, but warm in the sun. That usually means the animals
are active. Today, that was especially true. They have also
added some Wart Hogs and Mierkats which are really great. We spent a
lot of time watching the baby gorillas playing, and the baby otters have
really grown since the last time we saw them. All the kids seemed much
more interested in the animals (especially the reptiles and amphibians)
than ever before.