For a cultural reference, we had the kids listen to REM and the B-52s all the way down from Knoxville ("I'm headed down the Atlanta Highway . . . Love Shack, bayaybeee . . ."). Unbelievably, SOME people slept through this important anthropological teaching moment and were promptly punished by having their hair tied up in ridiculous top knots:
Our first stop in Athens was The Grit, a vegetarian icon in a building apparently owned by Michael Stipe. The peeps were tired, but The Grit's strawberry cake was so good that moods improved rapidly.
We had a great dinner at The Last Resort Grill. It was Valentine's Day, so all the Georgia kids were on dates dressed in their finest, and it made for good people-watching. The next morning we had a fantastic breakfast at Athens's Big City Bread Bakery, where we sampled the mini-cheesecakes, biscuits, cookies, and various breads in the name of "market research" for our restaurateur friends.
I love market research. It has no calories. Being work and all.
I'm not a fan of Stone Mountain--after seeing the rock and learning about the town's role in Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech, what else is there to do?--but there was an indoor pool, an exercise room, a gigantic outdoor chess set, and tubing, so the kids had fun. Mostly, I just waited Stone Mountain out. I never know what to do at resorts, and the one at Stone Mountain is particularly uninteresting.
Although we had planned a quick visit to the Atlanta Aquarium, I was shocked--SHOCKED--at the prohibitively expensive entrance fees for both the Atlanta Aquarium and the nearby Coca-Cola Museum. The 500Jerk family did a quick cost-benefit anlaysis and decided we would rather shop than pay Coca-Cola for the pleasure of brainwashing us any further.
That being said, Boy Wonder did get a Coca-Cola football.
On our way back home, we stopped at Green Life in Chattanooga, the world's best grocery store. Poor Boy Wonder had a stomach bug by then, but was a good sport about it (note to future self: never feed chili dogs to queasy kids).
Overall, it was a fun trip.
Next up, the University of Mississippi.