Betsy invited us to the Corn Dawgs Corn Maze in Loganville for her birthday. We got to spend lots of quality time with Gabby and Peter. Thanks to Gabby we have some photos from the day since my cell doesn’t take great night time photos. We had a lot of fun! The whole place is like an adult-sized playground, with giant swings, climbing obstacles, bouncy pillow pads and of course, the corn! I ended up pushing the giant tube-swing with 4 adults on it and two children inside. What a workout! That night, we navigated both the medium and hard mazes, while completing scavenger hunts to increase the difficulty. We also played in the corn pit (imagine a huge ball-pit filled with corn) with lots of our friends. We were finding corn kernels and husk for days. We also picked up another pumpkin for Halloween. It was the freshest I had seen all October, and its seeds were delicious!
We are lucky to live in such a unique area! We are a quick drive to Smyrna and Marietta’s town squares, the covered bridge area and multiple beautiful hiking and fishing spots. The leaves started turning their fall colors and the rain finally picked up, so we grabbed the camera and went to the covered bridge, park, and GB’s Lake. Apparently some ducklings hatched recently, so momma-bird was pretty territorial against the other ducks and geese in the park that day.
We hadn’t done much hiking this summer due to the heat, but decided one afternoon to try a different part of Kennesaw State Park (since it’s close by). Overall, it ended up being a pretty flat hike where we walked past lots of battlefields. We even saw a deer in part of the woods. The view from the Illinois memorial is beautiful, overlooking the sprawling battlefield. Even though it was hot, the park has some nice scenery.
For our 5 year wedding anniversary, we took a trip to Bryson NC. We got a great deal on staying at a Watershed Resort cabin. The cabin was wonderfully decorated and had a lot of fun extras! The town is adorable, although it shuts down really early. We went hiking and saw multiple waterfalls. We lucked out with the weather; it was suppose to rain the whole time but we got a break during the day. Not only is the city really cute and friendly but the police really go above and beyond. Our GPS wasn’t working and we couldn’t find the grocery store, and when I asked for directions the police instead drove us all the way to the store. Thanks to him we made it before it closed and got to cook in our cabin. I swear this trip we constantly kept getting turned around without our GPS, but we ended up finding really beautiful spots that made it worth it. We took the road to nowhere and it was absolutely gorgeous!
Protip: Download all the GPS maps on your phone before hand (no data signal), once we did that my phone worked so much better.
This past summer, Adams parents invited us on a trip to Hilton Head Island. It was the first time Stefanie had ever visited Hilton Head. Since it was after Jasmine had passed away, we weren’t feeling 100% ourselves, but did our best to enjoy it. We ended up riding bikes on the beach, going swimming in the hotel heated pool and lots of bird watching.
We got to visit Pinckney Island and Adams parents joined us. There were so many birds in the park, I didn’t want to leave! It was apparently breeding season. Several fledglings could be seen, some still in their nests. I kept practicing taking photos and even lucked out and got some nice shots!