Monday, July 7, 2008

Our 4th of July

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! We had some enjoyable family time, and here are some of the highlights...

We left home around 9:30 a.m. and headed north to Helen, Georgia - about a two-hour drive. "Helen is a re-creation of an alpine village complete with cobblestone alleys and old-world towers." As you're driving through, you feel like you are in another country.

We packed a picnic, but it was raining when we arrived. We knew it was just a passing shower, so we had our picnic in the car while we waited for the rain to stop. It had stopped by the time we had finished eating.

We then went tubing in the Chattahoochee River. (That's not us - couldn't get a picture since our camera is not waterproof.) This was so much fun! It was crowded of course, and there were the occasional traffic jams and what felt like "bumper boats," but we had a great time. The "bumper boats" came in handy whenever we got stuck on a rock - if you waited a minute or two, someone was sure to run into you and get you going again. The tubing lasted for around 1.5 to 2 hours.

After the tubing, we walked around the town of Helen and visited a candy store. Cari and Amelia spotted some chocolate covered Rice Krispies treats covered in sprinkles on a stick, so that's what you see them enjoying in the picture. Brad, Madison, and I enjoyed some homemade peanut butter fudge that was so smooth and just melted in your mouth.

When we finished up there, we had planned to drive back home. But, Brad said he felt like driving further north, and that was fine with me. We ended up in Hiawasee, Georgia and were fortunate to find a room at a Holiday Inn Express, which was near a beautiful lake - Lake Chatuge. We went and ate supper, went back to the hotel and rested a bit, and then drove over to the lake to watch some wonderful fireworks - some of the best we've seen in a few years. (Obviously, we haven't quite figured out how to take pictures of fireworks!)

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