Sorry for the delay since my last post. We've been really busy lately, and I've been working quite a few extra hours/days. But I've got a few things in my head, so expect posts to flow in the coming days/weeks.
First and foremost, last weekend was my birthday. I'm not at all ashamed to say that I am now 32 years old. Actually, that's kinda cool to me. I remember writing a blog post about turning 30, so I've been doing this for at least two years now.
We actually had a big weekend. Friday the baby furniture we'd ordered the previous week at Babies R Us came in. So, after work and a LOVELY trip to the dentist (I could write a whole post on how much I hate going to the dentist), we headed back to Knoxville to pick it up. Unfortunately, it was a truckload plus, so we only came home with 2/3 of the furniture.
Saturday morning we got up early and headed to Franklin, NC for lunch, our first stop of the day. Of course, we were headed to Caffe REL, one of my favorite restaurants ever. I started with a cup of blue crap bisque, then had a plate of crayfish etouffee. Christal, for the first time ever, found out what gyros are supposed to taste like. We left stuffed.
From Franklin we headed southeast to Highlands, NC. This is a town way up in the mountains that is somewhat like a baby Gatlinburg, but without all the tourist traps. It was neat to walk around and look at all the shops.
From Highlands we headed southwest to Dillard, GA, our final destination for the evening. Unfortunately, we couldn't check in quite yet, so we headed south to Helen, GA. If you're ever in the area, it's something to see. In the middle of the mountains in Northeast Georgia is a Bavarian town. It's really surprising and cool at the same time. For information, go here.
By then we'd wasted enough time to check in at our final destination, the Dillard House. The Dillard House is a resort in Northeast Georgia, known for it's restaurant and peace and quite. We checked in about 4:30, then went to the wine and cheese social on the front lawn. After a snack of smoked cheeses and fresh fruit, we went to the petting zoo and horse stables to see what was there. After a little while there, we headed back to the room to digest in the jacuzzi for a while. The restaurant was about to close by that point, so we headed for dinner.
The reason the place is known for the restaurant is because they have a huge board outside that tells what they are serving that night. When you sit down at the table, you don't order. They bring EVERYTHING to you. For example, they brought us prime rib, country ham, fried chicken, barbeque chicken, scalloped potatoes, squash, creamed corn, lima beans, green beans, cole slaw, rolls, and peach cobbler with ice cream. After dinner, we went to bed!
Sunday morning, after watching the sunrise through the outer bands of Tropical Storm Fay, we checked out and grabbed breakfast at the restaurant. To give you an idea of what breakfast is like, they brought us biscuits and gravy, cinnamon rolls, blueberry muffins, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage (links and patties), grits, apples, pork tenderloin, pancakes, and there was a fresh fruit/pastry bar.
After waddling out to the car, we headed north to Franklin, where we stopped for gas and a Nehi Peach slush. From there, we headed home. After letting Christal catch up with a nap, we headed into Knoxville to pick up the last piece of baby furniture, then put it all together. Overall, it was a great birthday weekend!
I hate to say it, but I only got the camera out twice, at the petting zoo and for sunrise Sunday morning. The highlights are below.
Apparently baby goats practise head-butting each other.
This goat was so hungry he was eating the insulation off the water spigot.
Oh look, a chicken! (Sorry, A.D.D. joke.)
This goat reminded me of George Carlin.
The most "exotic" animal in the petting zoo.
Sunrise in the mountains, aided by a tropical storm.
My favorite pic of the weekend.