Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Amazing Atlanta


OK I know I promised this yesterday but it's taken a bit longer than expected to get caught up with things after the trip. In any case, here are some snapshots from my weekend getaway to Atlanta. Even though it was a very short trip I managed to pack in a bunch of fun in those 2 days.

Saturday I had the opportunity to meet one of my most favorite bloggers, Shari from Little Blue Deer. It was just by luck that we happened to be in the same city at the same time since neither of us currently live there. Shari was visiting her alma mater Emory for homecoming and she invited me to attend the concert the Indigo Girls were having at the university. I took a short taxi ride from the city on over to Emory, got a tiny bit lost but Shari was there to welcome me with open arms and a big smile when I finally arrived.


As I said yesterday, if you think Shari is wonderful from following her blog and from conversing with her over the blogosphere, this girl is even more amazing in person. I was so thrilled that I got to meet her and I actually feel like I've know her for years. Fast friends, for sure! You can head on over to her blog to catch the rest of the of the story that day. {Hint - this city girl had a bit of a hard time hailing a cab on back to the city :)}

Then Saturday night J & I caught the Atlanta Thrashers hockey game which was another real treat. For those of you who are new here, I'll fill you in on my little passion. I've been a hockey fanatic for years and it's our little goal to eventually visit all NHL arenas in the US & Canada. It's always exciting to check another one off the list. So far we've visited 14 out of 30. We're getting there :)


Sunday unfortunately was a rainy day but we didn't let that hamper our fun. Since it was wet outdoors we went with the water theme and decided to head on over to the aquarium to explore the underworld. I love aquariums and have always wanted to visit the Georgia Aquarium, the world's largest one. I always had a fascination with life underneath the sea and this experience was so incredibly magical.


They have a really impressive assortment of species including 2 beluga whales who actually gave me chills as I watched. They are so huge, yet gentle and playful. I felt like I could watch them for hours.


Some other highlights were the manta rays, the huge whale sharks and hammerhead sharks and the absolutely adorable penguins.


I loved it so much that I'm actually planning my next trip to one of the local aquariums. It might not be as impressive as the one in Georgia but I look forward to the opportunity to escape into the underworld for a little while.


Hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!

Images: The Alternative Wife

31 comments:

Claire Kiefer said...

So fun and this is making me so nostalgic for home! Believe it or not, I have never been to the aquarium. But this post makes me sure that I'm gonna insist upon a trip there next time I go home!

this free bird said...

Girls you are adorable. Love the pictures of the two of you...and I'm always up for a trip to the aquarium too. Such a wonderful experience.

xoxo,
Carrie

shopgirl said...

Looks like a great trip! I love the aquarium photos - my favourites are the jellyfish!

Hope you're having a great week sweetie!

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh it looks like you had so much fun, just love the pictures. So lovely that you and Shari met up!
hugs DJ

Diana Mieczan said...

Ohh you had so much fun...
I love those photos...and I am so happy that you had a wonderful meeting with Shari :)
I could watch those fish all day long...so relaxing:)
hugs,my dear
Have a sunny and lovely Tuesday

Rachel said...

How fun meeting up with Shari! Sounds like you had a brilliant weekend xx

Debby said...

Shari is such a sweetheart, I am not surprised she is just as wonderful in person! You girls look beautiful. Gorgeous pics. from the aquarium! xo

Ashley Hasty said...

Wow, sounds like a really great weekend!!


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Jude said...

I love these photos! Aquariums are magic and you both look so happy-relaxed and beautiful :) (I'm loving that you visited 14 of 30 arenas too!) So glad you had a lovely weekend and hope the week fares well!

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh, awesome, Dawn! What a fabulous idea, I didn't even think about suggesting the Aquarium (hmmm, I was focused on shopping, imagine that!). Ginny and I did go shopping and we got rained on all day long (but she got some fab new glasses!). It was SO amazing to meet you, truly, it was the highlight of my weekend, I still smile when I think about it. And Ginny was so funny, she said "You know, Dawn was really sweet, and you could tell she was really intelligent, as well, because she had a good sense of humor!" I really do hope we can meet again in person sometime, have an awesome week! XX!

Stacey said...

Thanks for sharing these Dawn! You both are gorgeous and i love all these pictures. I feel like i could almost touch the aquarium ones too! xx

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

HUGE hockey fan - Go Devils! .. love aquariums, i don't know why i didn't become a marine biologist, it was one my PLAN, oh well .. YAYYY again to meeting a fellow blogger - LOVES it!!!!

PS: i'm hosting my FIRST give-away - come on by and enter!!! - $45 worth of goodness!

*kiss kiss*
Erika

~Tiptoe Butterfly~

Nell said...

Looks like you had an awesome time! And you look so pretty in your pictures!! xxx

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

look at you ladies having a great time!! Love all the photos!!

Tanvi said...

Looks like a great trip, Dawn and you look lovely in all the pictures! Shari is so sweet ... both of your are! :)

Marie-Ève said...

Great to hear you had such a fantastic weekend... It looks like it was totally lovely (never been there). And yay for the first hockey game of the season! :-)

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Glad you had so much fun! I had no idea the Georgia aquarium was the world's largest - I'll def visit some day!

Anna Liesemeyer said...

Dawn, I am from Atlanta and this post made me miss it terribly. So many fun things to do there! Isn't the aquarium UNREAL?!
So cool you got to meet Shari:) She is the sweetest.

Slices of Beauty... said...

So much you had and lovely pics!

Happy week to you.

Annie said...

Awwww such cute pics! Especially love the penguin shot :)

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

Looks like a great time! And, really, how adorable are you?

coolkids said...

Looks like an awesome trip! You look great!

honey my heart said...

your trip looks so fun! love all of the sea creatures, especially the beluga whale.

Oh, My Darling said...

Oh, everything seems so very fun!

The October Issue said...

ooo cool photos,I've never been to Atlanta,but I've been to the Boston Aquarium.

Bella *Bellgetsreal said...

I am a sucker for Zoos and aquariums and of course the beluga whale, my fav!

you two look adorable, how fun.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Dawn,

How lovely that you were able to catch up with Shari, saw her photos on my visit there.
You both look so beautiful.
Glad that you had a lovely time away and I enjoyed looking at your photographs. The Aquarium looks like fun.

Happy week
Hugs
Carolyn

Punctuation Mark said...

thanks for sharing the aquarium pics because i never go because i'm terrified of such big panes of glass that separate me from all the animal creatures... silly i know but always had that fear... haha!!!

Café Bellini said...

How cool that you got to meet up with Shari! You two look great. What a fun weekend, I love aquariums, too! Thanks so much for sharing your photos!

Krystal said...

you totally packed the fun in!!

Trish said...

Ohhhh YAAYYYY!!!! I've been dying to get over here and tell you how excited I was to read that the two of you were going to try to get together. And you did! OMG! So fun, and you both look totally gorgie! Hooray for blog friends, and blog friend meetups!! :) xoxoxo