Saturday, June 27, 2015

2015 - Asheville/Atlanta Day 6 (Atlanta, Georgia)

Today, as we head to Atlanta, we stopped at the official Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, just south of Asheville.  Worth a stop to learn about the area and where to go.  I found that most people were very helpful and enthusiastic about the place.  Last night we met two volunteer park rangers would helped us take a picture of the state line and they told us that they were volunteers at GSM for half a year and go down to Florida for the other half.

Breakfast at Country Inn & Suites.
Chick-fil-A was for lunch and I have never been to such a fancy fast food restaurant.  People deliver your food, they ask how things are, top up your drinks, and takes away your tray.  I got the spicy chicken and I thought it was good.  The lemon iceshake was yummy too.  The original chicken we both found too salty.

Our first stop is Tallulah Gorge State Park.  While I think Watkin's Glen more, it is a nice stop and just costs $5 for parking.  One hour is all it takes to walk through the north and south rim trails.  The trails give you very nice views of the gorge.  There is a neat suspension bridge that you can walk across if you like those.  If you go early you can do the gorge floor trail.  They limit 100 people a day but we were told it would take roughly 4 hours to do so we skipped it.  I imagine that it would be quite nice though.  The ranger said that at the very bottom, there is a sliding rock where you just slide down the rock to a pool at the bottom (the gorge floor permit is required).

Jumping on the suspension bridge.
Gorge falls!
Midtown grill in Clarksville, Georgia is where we stopped for burgers after our hike.  $6 gets you a specialty burger with no sides or drink or just a plain burger is $4.  Sides are $2.

Midtown Grill burgers with sweet potato fries.
Dinner was at Olive Garden.  Man, this was the most disappointing OG we have been to service-wise.  An hour meal took over 1.5 hours long since our server always disappeared.

Tomorrow, we are off to the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola.