Friday, May 29, 2009

Our weekend, Part II

So, on Sunday, we headed straight to the aquarium. Unlike many of the tourists, we did NOT stop at every exhibit to take pictures, that would most likely not turn out, of fish. It was too dark to take many pictures of the kids as well. Oh well. Really, we have a lot of aquarium pictures from the one in Chattanooga. Apart from the shark exhibit at the GA one, they could pass for the same thing. :)

Sunday after the aquarium, we went back for quiet time. Up for dinner, then back for swimming. Very nice. I just mainly sat with my feet hanging over in the hot tub. The hotel pool was an indoor/outdoor pool. With it being rather chilly last weekend, it was a tad to cold for me. (I know I'm from Michigan, but really- at heart- I'm a southern gal.)

Monday morning, we hit the Atlanta zoo. We were a little leery of how "good" the zoo was going to be. The tickets were rather pricey (especially considering the Birmingham zoo has 1/2 price tickets on tuesdays. making it a whopping $8) and the reviews we had read said that it wasn't worth it. However, we thought it was a wonderful zoo! The weather was perfect. On the cooler side, not much sun, not much rain. A lot of the animals were out- and ACTIVE!

My little lion

Brushing the goats
It did rain for a few minutes. We were not to be deterred. Everyone had umbrellas.

I just have to share a quick funny that A said. This zoo has pandas. Red pandas and regular pandas. We saw the red panda's first, then moved on. When we came to the panda's, Austin said "Mommy, look! Its a kung-fo panda!"

After the zoo, we decided to try a place called Atlanta Underground. An underground shopping center. It sound like a neat place, in theory. In reality, it was kind of a scary place. I mean, I always love to get hit up for money by random people. Really, I do. But, this was a tad excessive. During the course of our 30 minute lunch, at least 5 people asked us for money. One of them was asking for us to buy him a soda to go with his lunch! (Um, we're too cheap to even buy US soda.... drink water.)
We decided to call it a trip after our lunch experience. We headed home. The way home from Atlanta is not paved in highways. Most of the trip takes place on back roads. Which, in my opinion, is more interesting to look at. When we were about 1.5 hours away from home, I saw a sign for De Soto park. I looked quickly on our GPS and saw that it was only 5 miles out of our way. I'd heard good things about the falls, so we decided to make a short detour.
Turns out, this detour was really worth it!
While we were there, we saw two guys speed down a rope into the water next to the falls. Very neat!
All of us looking at the crazy men! Oh, and tightly holding onto the babes. There was such a measly "rail" that I was scared to death of them falling through.

The kids played in the water for a few minutes before we left for home.

The crazy men.

Well, drat. I just realized I don't have a picture of the actual water fall. I'll have to dig one up. :)


d e v a n said...

How neat!

Michelle said...

we love the ATL zoo! I also didn't think it would be that great when we went but we loved it and so did the kids. We took them twice last summer and are planning to possibly "join" this summer so we can get a cheaper rate.

Loved all the pics- still sad I didn't get to meet you :(

oh and I wasn't at all impressed with the aquarium either. I thought the Chattanooga one was a clone of it too...

T- said...

I am glad you all had fun! I've yet to go to the ATL zoo. Soon!

Great pix.

Susan said...

Sounds like fun!

And, by the way, I couldn't help but notice on your ticker that your baby hardly even has a tail anymore. They grow up so fast! =)

Erin a.k.a. Griffin's Mom said...

Great blog and I LOVE your pics of the kids ... too cute!

Photogrl said...

Looks like it was a great weekend!

Jenny said...

What a great weekend! You and your family are adorable!

That underground shopping center experience would have scared the crud out of me!

carebear said...

Hello! Just introducing myself. I actually live right outside the Zoo caught my eye. :) Glad you enjoyed it so much. I LOVE it! I wish I could have told you a few more "family friendly" areas...underground is definitely NOT one of them. Let me know if you are coming back this way and I'll share. Happy week to you. I'll be praying for your pregnancy. :)