Monday, June 23, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend 2014 : Blue Ridge, GA : Parks and Recreation - Day 2

The second day of our family vacation sent us to the Arts in the Park Festival in downtown Blue Ridge. We enjoyed walking around and seeing the talents of all of the artists, but I am most anxious to see the "art" of Canon's videography. You see, Kurt got a GoPro camera for his birthday from his lovely wife and brought it along to document our adventures. He decided to strap it on Canon's head several times over the course of our days together to see what Canon saw. I can't wait to see the finished footage from the trip to find out was captured.

I know one thing we will see on his footage for sure - the playground that was located on the grounds of the festival. He watched it as we walked past for a while. Don't worry, he got to play on it also.

The one and only thing that Canon wanted to do while at the arts festival was get his face painted. We spent a good portion of the day searching for the booth only to find that it was located at the entrance which means we passed it on the way in. Parents for the win. By the time we found the station, it was well past nap time - and I suspect that getting your face brushed gently feels pretty good - so the boy almost fell asleep whilst being transformed into Batman.

After the arts festival, Craig and I went with Kurt and Kara for a drink and some shopping in town while Grandpa took his crew and Canon back for naps and relaxing at the cabin. That was most definitely a good idea because that evening we headed to Mercier Orchards for some freshly baked goods and play time in their store. Craig and I vowed to come back to go through the orchards and tour the land, so I will be back with much more detailed information on that once we go, but we did get to take in the views from the parking lot. Amazing, right? I mean, this is from the parking lot!

I can't miss an opportunity to capture three generations when it comes up - even if it just on asphalt and with terrible lighting.

For dinner we headed back to downtown Blue Ridge and ate a restaurant called Southern Charm. I could go on and on about how tender and juicy their steak was, or how their fried okra was as good as my grandmother's or how every single person at our table was ready to gorge themselves just so we didn't leave a morsel behind. I could do that, but I wouldn't want to make you jealous...or hungry. Aren't I sweet?

The restaurant was located directly across from the train "station" so we sat around talking for a while, which of course translated into me taking pictures. By now, you should have just seen that coming.

Everyone, I would like to introduce you to Kurt the flamingo. And Craig the sneaky, boy-eating monster?

We decided to end the day with a little hot tub relaxation for Kurt, Kara, Craig, and I so we put the boy to bed and headed out to the back porch. That's when I ran into this guy. It is really hard to tell from this photo, but he was huge for a moth. At least 4-5 inches long. I couldn't believe it. I didn't want to scare him away with the flash or getting too close, so this was as good as I got, but I was so impressed with him that Craig had to finally drag me away so we could soak for a while.

All in all, a good day was in the books and we were ready to see what tomorrow would bring. I will let you know tomorrow as well. It's like watching our vacation in real time. I just want you to feel like you are there with us. You do, don't you? Yeah, I thought so. You're welcome.

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