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The Time We Went To The Pumpkin Patch

Over the last couple weeks David has been raving about a pumpkin patch he heard about from some friends. We finally found time to go this weekend and it was a blast. Yule Forest is in Stockbridge, Georgia, just outside Atlanta. It took us about 30 minutes to get there and was absolutely worth the drive, so if you are in the Atlanta area I definitely recommend going.

 

 
We went on Saturday afternoon once I’d started to feel better from my food poisoning. It was a bit drizzly, so some of the attractions were closed, but neither of us was too upset we couldn’t jump in the bouncy castle.

 

We took an interesting, but fun hayride, complete with wooden cutouts of just about every cartoon character you can think of. It took us through a wooded area, and ended at the a petting zoo. Usually petting zoos make me sad because the animals are in tiny little cages, look miserable, and are allowed to be abused by children who don’t understand how to be gentle. This petting zoo was actually a working farm, the animals had large areas to roam and seemed happy. Plus they could get away from not-so-nice kids. I love animals of all types, and spent a lot of time as a kid at horse stables, so I feel pretty at home on an animal farm. I loved the petting zoo. Poor David was patient while I had to make sure to visit and feed every animal. My favorites were definitely the goats. Goats always make me laugh and are such funny little creatures.

 

This guy clearly has the same taste in purses that I do.

 

This one tried to eat (steal) my bracelet.

 

There was also a cow, miniature donkeys, miniature horses, three full size horses, pigs, chickens, and an emu. The Emu is the only animal I wouldn’t go near. I hear they can be aggressive, spit, and peck pretty hard. Plus I thought he was eying me funny, so I kept my distance.

 

The Shifty Looking Emu

 

I really miss riding and being around horses.

 

I LOVE chickens and these ones were so funny looking!

 

This guy had amazing bangs.

 

One of the things I was most excited to see at Yule Forest after visiting the website and reading the reviews was the talking chickens. They advertise a talking chicken show, and since I love chickens, I couldn’t wait to find out what a talking chicken show was. I was so excited, I kept trying to get David to guess with me what it could be the whole way there. I assumed it was probably a bunch of chickens that had been trained to do tricks and bawk on command. I was sadly mistaken.

 

 

Turns out the talking chicken show is this creepy little shack with dead stuffed chickens and a creepy mannequin that talk out of speakers. Seriously?! To say I was disappointed is an understatement. I didn’t even want to get close enough to take this picture I was so creeped out but David made me after all the talk he heard about the talking chicken show leading up to this moment.

 

 

Next, it was time to finally go pick our pumpkin. Yule Forest is apparently the only pumpkin patch in Georgia where you can actually go through the patch and cut your own pumpkin off the vine. It was a fun experience. The patch was pretty big and to find a good pumpkin we ended up having to trek through the vines. David of course had to have the PERFECT pumpkin so I let him pick one out that met his standards.

 

 

Our pumpkin on the vine. I let David cut it, since I had no interest in touching the stem with all the tiny little thorns.

 

 

Our pumpkin! We named him Jimbo. Now we just have to figure out what to carve into him. I voted for a Hello Kitty Halloween stencil (obviously the best choice) but realized that wasn’t fair since Jimbo is half David’s pumpkin also. They told us to wait until next weekend to carve it if we want to it last through Halloween, so we have a week to decide.

 

After the pumpkin patch, David and I watched FSU DESTROY Clemson, which only made my day better.

 

All, in all, it was a great weekend

Atlanta, Fall

Our Trip To The North Georgia Wineries

This weekend David and I made a trip up to the wineries in Northern Georgia. I’d been before, but he never had and we couldn’t wait for it to cool down a bit so we could go enjoy them.

 

Our first stop was Montaluce, my favorite of the wineries up there. It’s relatively new, but the estate is beautiful, and I think the wine is delicious. Their wines tend to be sweeter and you can taste a hint of flowers and fruit, even in the reds. I’m mostly a fan of whites myself, but they have a red that I absolutely love – their Tramonto . David and I both bought a bottle to save for a special occasion.

 

 

One of the thing’s I love about wine tasting at Montaluce is that you get to pick any 5 wines to try, white, red, or special wines. You aren’t stuck having to do an all red or an all white flight like some other wineries I have been to. This time I added their Mead to my flight list and I loved it. David not so much.

 

 

We were lucky it was such a beautiful day.

 

 

 

We took our wine and went for a little walk on the estate.

 

 

After Montaluce, David and I decided to head over to Wolf Mountain Winery, which is probably the most well-known of the wineries up there. I’d been before, and wasn’t very impressed, but we wanted to try one more winery before heading home. Little did we know the wine tasting room closed at 5, so heading over at 3:30 was cutting it close. Once we got there, the valet attendant told us the restaurant and wine tasting room were both full and that we would have to pull around through the parking lot to leave. That was his mistake. While driving through the parking lot, I saw 15 people leaving and decided David and I should at least try to get in. Something about me – I try to bed rules or at the very least, stretch them. David on the other hand, follows all rules exactly and does not deviate at all. When I parked the car he started to get upset and asked what I was doing since we were supposed to leave. I explained to him the valet guy would never know we hadn’t left since the entrance and exit were separate, and clearly the winery had room for us since there was a steady stream of people leaving. He continued to protest, but I ignored him, took the keys out of my ignition and started to walk toward the winery. I was getting some wine before leaving.

 

I knew there was an entrance for the tasting room, that was separate from the restaurant. I was not about to have a hostess turn me away, so I started walking toward the side entrance. I had to stubbornly wait for David to give in and follow me. Once we got into the tasting room, which was the least crowded I had ever seen it by the way, he started to relax. Clearly they had room for us and we weren’t doing anything we would get in trouble for.

 

 

Neither one of us enjoyed the Wolf Mountain wine as much as we had the Montaluce wine, but the view was great and we enjoyed sitting out on their balcony with a glass of wine.

 

 

If you live in the Atlanta area, or are ever visiting, I definitely recommend making the drive up to the wineries. It is a really fun day trip and completely worth the hour and fifteen minute drive

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Our Trip to Stone Mountain

Our Trip to Stone Mountain

 

This weekend David asked me to go hiking up Stone Mountain with him.

 

Now, I really do love being outdoors, and activities like hiking, but I could be in much better shape, and was terrified I wouldn’t be able to keep up or that my lack of physical fitness would be obvious, especially since David is someone who bikes 50+ miles almost every weekend.

 

I was also concerned about how to look cute while being physically active. It is pretty hot and humid here this time of year in Atlanta, so I knew I’d be a sweaty mess when climbing up the mountain. I decided to suck it up, and hope he wasn’t one of those guys that expected all women to look good when they sweat or work out – I am not that girl.

 

I had never been to Stone Mountain, and had no idea what to expect. For those of you that are not from the Atlanta area, or don’t know what Stone Mountain is, it’s a huge dome-shaped mountain of rock. It used to be a rock quarry, and granite minded from the site has been used in numerous building in Washington D.C., including portions of the U.S Capitol Building.

 

Once we started the walk up the mountain, I was relieved to see the entire path was rock, which made my footing much more sure, and it was a pretty easy climb. The first 3/4’s of the hike was really enjoyable. We stopped just below the summit to take a picture and catch our breath before the hardest part of the climb. It was beautiful. David had timed the hike perfectly so we would be up there as the sun set.

 

Our Trip to Stone Mountain

 

The last 1/4 of the hike was hell. There is a portion with handrails on either side that you have to hold onto because it is so steep. This is when I wanted to die. Once you get past that part, the incline decreases only slightly, and you have a little bit left to go to reach the summit. This is when I started to sweat and I tried to hide my labored breathing as best as I could. At that point I could care less how I looked, I just wanted to get to the top of the damn mountain.

 

Our Trip to Stone Mountain

 

Once we got to the top it was absolutely breathtaking. We could see all of the surrounding area of Atlanta during sunset. The skyline was beautiful. David insisted we sit down to enjoy the view for a bit before starting the trek back down the mountain. Her surprised me with a small bottle of champagne and Godiva chocolate covered berries to celebrate our making it to the top. It was incredibly sweet.

 

Our Trip to Stone Mountain

 

Our Trip to Stone Mountain

 

We stayed up there as long as we could, but there was a big storm rolling in and the sun had already set. Luckily David came prepared with strong hiking flashlights and we were able to make the descent really easily despite it already being dark out.

 

Our Trip to Stone Mountain

 

It is really was a great walk up the mountain, and it was so beautiful once we got up there. Afterward we went out to dinner in Inman Park. All in all it was a great date.

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