A Travellerspoint blog

Our First Guest

Welcome mum

On the 8th of April we picked up mum from the airport. It was lovely to hear another Australian accent and even more lovely that it was family!! Mums solution to jet lag is to just keep going.. so that's what we did. Rich and I haven't had much of a break since we have been here so we were looking forward to a good look around Atlanta. After a rest we headed out to Kennesaw mountain, one of the historical sights from the civil war.
IMG_0129.jpg
IMG_0130.jpg

Some of the other highlights from the first week:

RUBY FALLS:
This is a bit like janolan caves, with stalactites and stalacmites - You walk for about 500 m undreground to a waterfall.
IMG_1347.jpg
IMG_1357.jpg

ROCK CITY:
Rock city surpassed our expectations - It is on the top of a mountain where, they say, you can see 7 states. An amazing view and quite naturally beautiful until we went through the last section and creepy gnomes appeared everywhere. Having a party, panning for gold, fishing... and all painted fluro colours??
IMG_1379.jpg
IMG_1373.jpg
IMG_1383.jpg

ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDENS:
IMG_1389.jpg
IMG_1395.jpg
Glenn, Rich assures me that you will appreciate these photos. I have received quite a bit of mockery from Rich for showing an interest in flowers that is way beyond my years.

The second week mum we headed to Nassau, in the Bahamas!!!
We had an excellent time. The view from our hotel rooms was amazing! It was so nice to be around white sand and tropical water.
IMG_1503.jpg
IMG_9833.jpg
The markets were a whole lot of fun! Mum was a pro at bargaining. We got some handbags, shirts and jewelry. We got called baby and beautiful a ridiculous amount... quite flattering at the beginning... it became increasingly annoying as our patience for heckling and market shopping grew thin.
IMG_1497.jpg
IMG_1496.jpg
The rest of downtown was really interesting, the buildings were all painted different bright colours and it provided a bit of a more normal shopping experience.
IMG_1433.jpg
We went to the local zoo to see the marching flamingos. They are Caribbean flamingos - such an amazing colour! I got pulled out to have a 'close encounter' with the flamingoes. One of them ended up pecking my neck and biting my hair as I stood there imitating a flamingo.
IMG_1456.jpg
Most of the days we were away were windy - it turns out we chose the best day to go snorkeling. We went to 3 different sites. The fist 2 were good, lots of coral and fish. The third was especially memorable. We arrived and saw the boat before us feeding the Caribbean reef sharks we were about to swim with!! That boat moved off and our captain put a bait box 20 feet down in the water. The sharks started circling the box and that was our chance to get in! Mum was a bit wary but decided it was now or never so made it into the water. We had to hold onto one of two ropes behind the boat. I have never been so close to so many strangers. The sharks began to circle higher and higher in the water to the point where we could touch them if we put our foot down.... it was time to get out! When we were out of the water the captain fed the sharks. Check out the video... it was very cool!
IMG_1517.jpg
IMG_0328.jpg
IMG_0329.jpg
IMG_1530.jpg

Highlights from the last week with mum:

The past week has been great weather! We had a lot of fun doing things outside during the day and Mum got a chance to put faces to names during the nights. I put some of the people photos in so you could match the names to faces too.
Dinner with Rachel and Jeff:
IMG_0404.jpg
Dinner with Suzzane (the lady from baggage claim) and Paul:
IMG_0423.jpg
A night out with Suzanne, Pip, Kay and Barry. (We live with Kay and Barry)
IMG_0472.jpg

THE LAKE HOUSE
Some fun times at the lake house!!! Kay and Barry generously let us use their Seadoos... A great way to spend a day!
IMG_0451.jpg
IMG_0456.jpg

STONE MOUNTAIN
Stone mountain has a carving some confederates on the side of it 45 foot high. We were going to climb the mountain but once there Mum and I decided it might be wiser to get the cable car up and walk down. It was great walking through the forest at the beginning of spring.
IMG_0476.jpg
IMG_0485.jpg
IMG_0489.jpg

BASEBALL
The last night we had with Mum we head to the baseball with Barry and Jessica. A real introduction to America - pretzels, hot dogs and pizza!
IMG_0496.jpg
IMG_0498.jpg

We loved having Mum! ... Come and visit us!! - you could get this treatment too!

Posted by richandnic 15:02

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUpon

Table of contents

Be the first to comment on this entry.

This blog requires you to be a logged in member of Travellerspoint to place comments.

Login