Last weekend, I was able to cross a new state off my travel bucket list. Although I’ve been as far as Florida, I had never been to Georgia and finally got the chance to go thanks to my handsome cousin and his beautiful, new wife, who got married there.
Although I was only in Atlanta, Georgia for three days, I had an incredible time. Traveling there showed me what a wonderful place it would be to live. I can now also cross “travel to the largest airport in the world” off my bucket list, after venturing to the Atlanta International Airport. I thought it was wild how we often had to take a tram with at least four stops to get from one part of the airport to the other.
My parents, relatives, and I were so impressed by how nicely everyone treats each other in Georgia; at the airport everyone appeared happy to help without us even asking. Whenever we looked lost, someone would approach us asking if we needed directions. The same went for the hotel we stayed at and the car rental.
For the rehearsal dinner, we went to a really nice outdoor place with a hilarious name, known as the Fickle Pickle. We also found it interesting that in Georgia, most weddings are at night because it’s cooler, which gave everyone a nice chance to relax at the hotel pool/pool bar during the day. Another highlight from the trip was my adorable ten-year-old cousin catching the garter at the reception (don’t worry, no one made him put it up the girl who caught the bouquet’s leg). The girl who caught it actually said this was her fifth bouquet caught, but when she looked at her boyfriend laughing, he only shook his head at her.
Because I had a blast with my family at the rehearsal dinner, the hotel bar after dinner, along with the wedding and reception, I didn’t get to do much sightseeing. However, Friday night, after the dinner and a few drinks at the hotel bar, my dad, cousin, and I were introduced to a place known as Crystal’s right next to the hotel, which is very similar to White Castle’s, only in the South. My cousin and I cracked up when my dad ordered the 24-pack of burgers at the drive-thru, although the three of us were the last ones up.
I do however, have one funny story and event I’d like to share, which is that after my newfound love of it (here’s my previous article on geocaching), I decided to go geocaching!
Saturday, while my relatives were either relaxing, hanging out by the pool, or in the workout room, I decided I’d try to get some sun by going for a walk outside. Curious if there would be any caches near the hotel, I plugged it into my phone and alas, it showed there was a geocache about .5 miles from the hotel. I began walking in that direction and on the way saw (for one of the first times, aside from in zoos) my first live snake ever – eek! Even so, I continued walking and eventually came close to the area the cache was supposedly hiding.
Because of one of the clues, I had a feeling the cache was somewhere near this giant boulder located at the top of a grassy hill and in front of several trees. Below this hill was a parking lot, where two guys were standing talking.
After seeing the snake, I wasn’t sure I wanted to risk climbing through that grass in only flip-flops. I’d also been standing staring at the rock for a good few minutes, while the guys below had begun to look at me. “Maybe I should just go back,” I thought. Then I re-considered; “What kind of story would that make if I just turned around?”
Instead I decided to approach the guys, who had never heard of geocaching, and explain what I was doing to avoid looking crazy. I asked them if they thought there were snakes in the grass and although they laughed and replied in the affirmative, I decided to go for it. I was thrilled when I found the cache behind the rock (my first find on my own!) and I bet the guys were shocked too that I wasn’t just some insane girl staring at a rock.
The one guy said his brother was building a daycare on the property and joked that the next time they saw someone come they could just call out, “It’s right over there!” They told me that they were also originally from New Jersey.
Thanks to the beautiful rehearsal dinner, wedding, couple, and reception, super fun time spent with my family, gorgeous hotel, geocaching adventure, and nice, friendly people, I would definitely return to Georgia anytime. I apologize for all the adjectives, but I think that in this case, it was necessary!
So has anyone else been to or live near Georgia? What are some of the attractions, restaurants, and places you enjoy going to there? Anyone still have Georgia on his or her bucket list? I want to hear about your experiences!