The Georgian Alps

Yes, you read that correctly. Day Three has been spent in the charming, if touristy, town of alpine Helen, GA. A German-themed town is hardly something one would expect to find in the middle of the Georgia hills, yet here it is.

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Pizza and Ice Cream in Savannah

After passing through Charleston on Monday and finding it difficult to secure accommodations, we spent some time in the extremely historic Savannah, GA today. (If you’ve ever visited, you’ll understand the need for the additional modifier on “historic.”)

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Reflections on DC

It’s been roughly half a decade since my last tour with a choir, and this year my return to the grand adventure was set in the area of our nation’s capital. Over the course of two days, we spent about six hours roaming the city on free time. I was very happy to finally mark a couple spots in Washington off my list of places to see, but at the same time I couldn’t help but take serious notice of the monster surrounding me. I truly do not wish to become one of those who politicize every aspect of life, but the message and atmosphere in DC is so overwhelming it cannot simply be ignored. I came away from Washington not with a sense of awe or pride in our nation, but rather with great sadness.

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Breaking in the New Toy

My apologies for not updating lately; I can only blame laziness.  For the past two months I’ve been breaking in my new camera and I’ve learned quite a bit along the way.

The first weekend after her arrival my family and I took a brief trip to Myrtle Beach, SC.  Even from these first few days I was already impressed with my investment.

Jellyfish

Sunset

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Into the Woods

[info]Updated 5 March 2014 – This post originally included numerous images, but most have been removed through cleanup efforts of my portfolio. Some of the writing has also been updated.[/info]

As each summer draws to a close, my family typically takes off on a final, short weekend trip. One of my favorite places to visit is Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, deep in the woods of eastern West Virginia. On realizing it had been five years since my last visit, I suggested this remote location as our destination. This would be simple enough, except that the nearest town with any decent lodging to speak of is 60-80 miles away and all three of the Railroad’s routes depart around noon.

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A New Experience

A little over a year ago, my high school choir called me back while I was in town to strengthen their bass section for an audition recording of the Star-Spangled Banner to send to the Atlanta Braves.  After a couple of passes, we arrived at an acceptable recording and the audition was submitted.  Then around the start of this year, the news was sent my way that the choir had been invited to sing on April 16, 2010.  Read more

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An Unexpected Return to Winter

For my Spring Break this year, the family and I opted for a short Smoky Mountain journey.  As we were practically leaving the driveway, we were still deciding on where exactly we wanted to go.  We knew the Blue Ridge Parkway would be closed and both Lodges we frequent had not reopened yet.  At last our fingers fell on the Gatlinburg, TN area of the map and off we went.  Knowing that I-40 was shut down across the mountains, we decided to head toward Cherokee, NC and use US 441 to cross over.  Simple enough, right? Read more