Atlanta (7/21-26)

Saturday



We arrived in Atlanta, Georgia. Our rooms and meetings were to be held at the Hyatt Regency. At was a lovely hotel, It was just so far from home. This night we ate at Pitty Pats Poarch. The shuttle driver that took us from the airport to the hotel recommended it. we could not find it and a local man guided us to the restaurant. It turned out to be two blocks from our hotel. It was pretty good.


Sunday


We decided to get out and go to the Braves game. It was a cool experience. I used to love David Justice Back in High School. So much I had most of his trading cards. I lost interest in him and the team after his scandal with Hally Berry. The stadium was beautiful. The brick work, layout and atmosphere were electric. We took the MARTA (Underground Rail) to some shuttles that took us straight to the game. After the game the same buses took us back to the station and we walked back to the hotel. The game was great. It went 10 innings. We left at the bottom of the 9th. I was glad because I wanted to call my husband. I was starting to really miss him. The Score ended up 2-7, St. Louis.


Monday

We went to Centennial Olympic Park and the CNN Building for dinner. Some of the members of my staff decided to run through the Olympic fountain (which is allowed) and yes they did get wet, even though they where trying not to. This was a good bonding dinner.





Tuesday

We had a two hour dinner brake before an evening activity. We walked the streets of Atlanta and then had a small dinner. Our "special" evening event was a drum circle presented by Drum Cafe. I was very reserved about this event. My husband is a drum, studied West African rythems and those found in Cuba and other societies that had a merger of West African/Spanish and Native Blood. I saw a coyote in the eyes of one of the drummers. I enjoyed myself, don't get me wrong, but I also respect the rythems, especially since they had the audience singing about Babalu Aye.



Wednesday

We went to Stone Mountain. We had dinner and watched a laser, music and firework show. It was amazing becasue there was lightning ...(update later)

(Not my Photo below)

Quick Lesson from Wikipedia - Stone Mountain is a granite dome located in Stone Mountain, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. It is the world's largest exposed mass of granite. At its summit, the elevation is 1,683 feet and 825 feet (251.5 m) above the surrounding plateau. It is well-known not only for its geology, but also for the enormous bas-relief on its north face, the largest bas-relief in the world. Three figures of the Confederate States of America are carved there: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis. The mountain was the site of the founding of the second Ku Klux Klan in 1915, and the Klan was intimately involved in the design, financing, and early construction of the monument. However, they were not the originators of the idea.



Thursday

To kill time before our flight we went to the Georgia Aquarium. This was a very beautiful and peaceful place, minus all the kids. The babies were cute.
We saw...

The whale shark is the largest fish in the world. Despite the name, it is not a whale. Because of its size, it is impossible to weigh accurately. Newborns have been found measuring 21-25 inches, and the largest accurately measured whale shark was 40 feet, 7 inches, although there were reports of a 60-foot whale shark in 1925.

Leafy sea dragons can be found in the southeastern Indian Ocean in southern Australia and the southern part of Western Australia. This beautifully camouflaged creature can be found close to reefs with kelp, feeding on mysids and other crustaceans.

The beluga whale is found in the arctic and sub-arctic regions of the world including Russia, Alaska, Canada, Norway, Greenland and other northern European countries. It is typically found in shallow waters to depths of 3,000 feet. It feeds on a wide variety of fish, often suction feeding animals off the ocean bottom such as crabs, clams and worms. It is an opportunistic feeder known to prey on about 100 different kinds of primarily bottom-dwelling animals.

... to name a few






I never missed my husnband more in my life.