It’s finally starting to warm up in Atlanta, and we finally have some bright blue skies! We decided to celebrate the beautiful day by enjoying Marietta Square. It seems most of Marietta felt the same way, because the Square was packed!
The first few flowers have just started blooming; it’s so refreshing to see flowers after a long, wet winter.
We enjoyed hanging out around the Square
We had such an amazing lunch at Taqueria Tsunami, a Latin-Asian fusion restaurant! Our waitress had the absolute best suggestions, because every single one of her recommendations tasted delicious. The avocado cilantro egg rolls were a delight. The tacos were so delicious, I completely forgot to take a photo of them! The dessert Empanadas tasted really good too.
It’s so rare that we get snow in Georgia, that when it does happen it’s a huge deal! Everyone clears out the grocery store for bread, milk and eggs because in the South, snow means FRENCH TOAST! Since we bought our home, all the snow threats have never produced much. Of course, looking at Pinterest I see lots of cute Christmas card inspirations with a snow covered house. This was going to be my chance! I had bought a “Merry Christmas” banner a year ago just for this moment. After a whole night of snow, we hardly got anything. It was super disappointing waking up and the yard wasn’t even covered, but that morning the snow started picking up. By 11, everything was mostly covered! After eating brunch we got ready to take photos in the snow. We tried 😂
Our Home covered from the ‘blizzard’
We decided to have some photo fun anyways
We put up the tripod and took a walk in the park next to our neighborhood. At this point the snow was already starting to melt, but we wanted to enjoy it while it lasted.
Having a three day weekend, we decided to take advantage and check out a local trail we haven’t visited before. At the end of the trail, there was a stone outcropping. Climbing it, we had a great place to eat lunch and enjoy a view of the river.
Did I mention how cold it was
While most of the hike was lovely, a few spots ended up being interesting and even eerie! It was fun to take a moment and get these shots.
I ended up really liking this one.
We decided we wanted to do a short and relaxing hike near by, so we checked out Sope Creek again and took advantage of the fall foliage. We enjoyed a relaxing hike along the creeks edge and took several photos throughout. Also, when we went along the paper mill it wasn’t nearly as crowded this time, so I was able to get a few photos inside as well! It’s such a lovely spot to visit and I lucked out and got some photos I really love. My favorite photo I have taken so far is to the right. I tried out some new tricks and I loved how it came out.
Don’t get me wrong I love this park. We decided to take my friend Radha to Sweetwater since she loved the photos I took and wanted to see it for herself. We headed out to the park and explored the Yellow and Orange Trails, along with going on a smaller trail along the creek to get shots like this.
We went WAY off trail looking for a shortcut to the Indian cave, but after much climbing we got back to the Yellow Trail. Deciding to explore some more in hopes of interesting photos, we checked out the Orange Trail. It’s so new, it’s not even on the map! It felt like it went on forever. Then all of the sudden we start seeing light blue blazings. We got LOST! There wasn’t a soul in sight. Luckily, we had cell service so we called asking for help. We found our way BACK on the Yellow, saw a really sweet couple who took our I SURVIVED THE ORANGE TRAIL photos.
After we finished the Yellow and Orange trails we walked the first half of the Red trail so Radha could see the mill up close. We ended up hiking for over 6 HOURS! Yea, my feet and especially my ankles felt it. The boots I got from REI did a number on my ankles. They still haven’t healed up yet.
The very next day, my mother calls me at the office and asks if she can visit. She wanted to go hiking with us but on something easy but pretty. First thought was Sweetwater but we had just gone. I looked up online and in my falcon guide for any ideas. Just none seemed to offer as much, so Sweetwater it was.
We took my parents along the red trail. The first half of the red trail is easy. Since my mom has a bad hip we had two options, to continue on the white trail, which isn’t as scenic or continue on the red trail which is difficult but far more picturesque. My mom was feeling adventurous, so we went on the red. It was tough but she made it all the way to the end.
The creek seemed like it was about a foot higher than we had seen before. The water current was extremely fast. So many flowers were in bloom that we didn’t see last week. Overall we had a good hike. Enjoy the rest of the photos!