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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Me and my Beautiful Jenn, July 2014

This is only the second time that I have been with my beautiful Jenn in July.

With me been English we are used to summers but not quite as warm as in America , the second I got off the plane I felt the heat, Jenn was waiting for me and by the time I got from the terminal to the car I could already feel my skin burning.

I was so happy to see my Beautiful Jenn to me she is amazing.

me and Jenn started off with breakfast in Dahlonega, at a small cafe called Picnic Cafe.
Its only a small place but it does the best bacon cheese and egg biscuit Ever.

After breakfast we went to a small town not to far from Dahlonega Called Helen, its based on and built like a old German town, the buildings are all very beautiful and the food is great too.
The main reason we went to Helen is for the tubing on the river, it has a tube ride that has two options , the short one or the longer one, me and Jenn went for the long tube ride which is two  hours long, the shorter ride is just a hour.

I put on my red sandals and about ten minutes in to the ride, I lost one of them which lucky for me some one further down the river managed to pick up and waited for me to hand it back.

I thought i had lost my trust sandal for all time.

Me and Jennifer had tied our two tubes together and had even worked out a system for turning left and right. other people had sticks and some were paddling it was fun.  after two hours of going down stream in our inflated tubes we came to the exit , we got dried off and went to explore the small town of Helen.

after we had finished there we went back to dahlonega and we decided we would go for a swim in a near by pool, it was a warm day and we thought it would cool us off, so I take my jeans off and I look at my legs, they are no longer pale but are now red .
I had caught the sun and its like one of those bruises that don't hurt till you look at them, my legs felt like they were on fire.  so we got in the pool and took a swim which seemed to cool me off, Jenn was laughing at my sun burnt legs because both of the legs were red up to the knee then pale white.

We got changed and got ready and picked up our tubes, I had shorts on and with me been English we don't see a incredible amount of sun so my legs were quite pale, it made Jenn laugh to see me in shorts. We got on to the river and sat in our tubes

for about two hours we were in the river and it was so much fun, some parts were very gentle and slow, while others where quite rapid and then there were parts where it was very shallow water and we would get stuck and I would have to stand up and drag us along to deeper water, and at one point my flip flop came off and floated off down stream, lucky for me another person got it for me.
 We eventually came to the exit and dried off and walked around the small town of Helen.

Later that night, We went for a swim in a near by pool, I take off my trousers and my legs up to the  knee are no longer white but red, it seems I had caught the sun.


thought it would be nice to visit the petting zoo near Dahlonega, We got there early and bought a ticket and a big bucket of feed for the animals,  we fed all the animals in the petting zoo, its amazing that even though the animals are very well looked after and fed, they will almost walk over each other to get to the food that the visitors bring.

We saw Camels and pony's, Zebra, parrots, monkeys and even hens and chickens and baby pigs.
they animals were all so very cute,.

We then went to a Chinese restaurant and ended up eating so much we both felt ready to explode.

Later that night we went to the Holly theatre in Dahlonega and watched the stage musical of the Monty python spamalot. it was based around the Monty python and the holy grail movie I love the Monty Python movies...and I must be honest I was in doubt as to weather or not the American cast could pull off the English accent, but hats off to them they did very well and the show made me laugh and I believe that even john clease would have given his approval on it. I really enjoyed it and would watch it again.

we spent a couple of days at Stone mountain park in Georgia
 this is one of our favourite places

, it has so much to do and even though Jenn beat me at mini golf it is one of my favourite activities at stone mountain and the train that rides around the mountain is a good relaxing thing to do,

 We bought a year pass and its great value for money we have only been three times this year and have already saved money by doing the year pass, we watched the laser show that is done on the side of the mountain.

Suwanee is a beautiful small town near lawrenceville and I know this area well, I have done so much jogging around here that i know almost all the places to go, the first night we decided we would go to the Movie tavern We saw Tammy a comedy movie and it was a good funny movie to watch.

The next night  we went to the Medieval times

, we have been here three times and each time our knight has won the tournament and the food is very good, and a great night out for the family,

 after each event, the winning knight gets a flower which he then throws in to the crowds and he threw one straight at me and Jenn, I caught it and passed it to jenn and then he went on to win the games.

 We decided that for breakfast we would go to Granny's new york pizza in suwanne, this place does some of the best pizza I have tasted so far in my life, and the staff are very friendly, now for me to say this about pizza is not to be taken lightly, I have visited many pizza places and this one ranks amongst the very best, if your ever in suwannie Georgia , you should definitely check it out

we visited a Hindu temple ,

 it was one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen

we also had a tour where we learnt a lot about the building and the culture and even though I was not allowed to take pictures of the inside, the outside was just as beautiful.

After we had been to the temple we went to a railway museum ,

 I never knew there was so much history in the rail ways and trains.
 it was very interesting and was also a great interactive fun time.
 We were allowed to board the trains and the engines and one of them was the carriage that president Harding travelled in

later that night we went back to the movie tavern and watched sex tape a comedy

on Friday we went to visit Clair, Jennifer's friend,

 Claire is also a close friend of mine and we have known her since jenn was at collage. we always go to visit Claire and she is kind enough to let us stay for a few days , so we stayed Friday and Saturday, and we watched movies with her and played board games.

she took us to a church and we even went to a play ground and on the swings.

Thank you Claire

for the first time me and Jennifer visited the beach together in Savannah, it was the first time in 17 years  I had been to the beach and i loved it

, we swam in the ocean together and walked on the beach a little, it was perfect  the weather was very very hot at one point it was 98f. but the water kept us cool and again I got sunburn on my legs and face.

we also visited the historic part of Savannah,

 every building had its own story to tell , it was very beautiful and old, and there were lots of different kinds of tours, me and Jenn decided to go on a ghost tour ,
 which took us around the old cemetery
 and also in to a old bar and through the back streets of Savannah.
 we took pictures and had fun, it rained the entire tour but we didn't let that stop u us from having fun. we spent two days in Savannah , and I took pictures and I think I even got a ghost on one of them,

I'm a very open minded person when it comes to ghosts and aliens and so on, so Savannah was very interesting for me

we ate fish in a restaurant near the river



and explored the river front, and saw a statue called the waiving lady,


 a story of a lady who would wave to ships as they came to dock at the river.

we headed back and for a few days stopped in Suwanee , we always go to our favourite places in Suwanee and we love Asian fusion its a small Chinese restaurant just near to where we stay and it does the best chicken ever !!!

we went to the movie tavern and to the AMC, and sat in reclining seats it was so good

on the last weekend we decided we would go back to dahlonega, and go tubing there,  we had been tubing here before its not as big as Helen but its just as nice. and later that night we went to the movies again and watched America, a documentary about the history of the USA.

 on Sunday the 27th I had to go back to England in the evening, so we made the best of every minute , we had lots of fun but it I had to go to the airport its always the part I hate, I hate that I have to be away from my beautiful Jenn, I miss her so very much we got to the airport and we had a hug and a kiss, and a drink in the airport, I walked Jennifer back to her car and waved to her as she left, and the second she was from sight I went in to the airport and got on the plane.

I cant wait till I can be back with my beautiful Jenn again very soon she really is perfect to me and I love her more than anything.

Thank you for reading our story

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

My time with Jenn march/april 2014

I have been to visit my Beautiful Jenn again for the first time this year, and we had so much fun and we both lerned alot on this trip . I haven't wrote on here for a while because I have been so busy , but I have the afternoon of so I thought I would write down mine and Jenn's adventure.

I got to America on the Sunday, and stayed for two weeks.

When I get there I am usually quite tired from the journey, every time I go over I try to sleep on the plane, but the excitement and the not to comfy chairs keep me awake.
I always pick the window seat on the plane, and I spend a good portion of the flight looking out of the window and seeing the land from high up , I always look at the land and watch it go by, and I love how I start to make out the odd road , then the odd building, maybe a boat or two on the rivers, then I start to see freeways. I always see how long it will  take me to spot the first car or truck, because when I can see one of those, I know that we are slowly descending and it wont be to long till the plane lands. 

One thing that always gets me is the first few minutes when I can actually feel the difference in temperature when I get of the plane.  this time the weather was quite comfortable , not to hot and definitely not to cold.

I always rush through as fast as I can, for two reasons , mainly because I want to be with my Jenn as soon as possible, and second because if I take my time, all the people from my flight get in front and i have to wait behind them all to get through customs.

Me and My beautiful Jenn did so much on this journey, I don't even know where to begin

We had almost like theme days , one of the two main ones was a Gone with the Wind day,

 we visited a town where Margaret Mitchell  the lady who wrote the book had lived and saw many places that inspired her story and also learnt about the people in the book and the movie,

 we visited a museum dedicated to the movie. I must admit, I am not the biggest gone with the wind fan, but it was very interesting to learn about the woman behind the book and movie and how she had actually done background research in to her story, even to the point of sitting with soldiers and talking to them and hearing their stories,  she really put a lot of time and thought in to her work.  and later that night, we sat and watched the movie,

 I had never seen it all way through before , and while it was a little long I did enjoy it and even more so because I had spent the day learning all about it.

another theme day we had was, fried green tomatoes at the whistle stop cafe

We took a trip to where the movie was filmed, and I must say this " I had Fried green tomatoes at the whistle stop cafe" ahah I cant believe I can actually say that,

we walked around the area, and saw the famous dam from the movie and visited the shops that where there, I bought some honey and Jenn did too, we even went and visited the grave that had the honey on it at the end of the movie,

and sure enough there was a pot of honey there

A really interesting part of the trip was when me and Jenn went to a small town called Jonesborough, there was a train line stretching through the small town and this line was a very important line in history, it stretched right through to Savannah and in the Civil war ran supply for the south , The north would attack it and at one point in the town of Jonesborough there was a famous Two day Battle for the track.

We also learnt about Shell Annie
 One night the  artillery Of the north was positioned on a hill overlooking a small town.
 they fired a shell which went straight in to the window of a Lady's house who was asleep, the shell hit her head board and woke the woman who was sleeping, the head board shattered and the shell rolled across the room in the the fire place. The lady who was pregnant was so scared it sent her in to early labour.

She asked her husband I think it was to go and find help and to ask for the North to stop the firing on the house. Her husband ran outside to find a scout of the North on his horse, The husband asked that the scout ask his commander to change the position of the cannons on the hill.

The scout rode off without a word. Ten minutes later the lady with her husband were in the bedroom, and a knock came to the door. the husband answered the door and to his surprise it was a Doctor and two solders from the northern army, the scout had rode back up the the cannons and told of the lady in labour, the commander had ordered the cannons to hold fire and aim away from the house and had sent the doctor to assist with the birth, and the soldiers to guard the house . as a thank you to the North and the doctor, the lady ask that the doctor name the child, and he named her Shell Annie, after the unexploded shell that had sent the mother in to labour.

Straight away when I head this story I thought to my self that it goes to show that even amongst great chaos, we always have the opportunity to show that we are human and have compassion, I'm not sure it that would happen in a war of today. but I can live in hope

 Me and Jenn often go to restaurants and try new foods, but every time we go Jenn will always say " they do the Philly here" meaning the Philly cheese stake sandwich , she knows I love it and it always makes us laugh now when she says it.

One thing me and Jenn do love to do is look around the old graveyards, we saw many civil war graves, and ones that dated back to the 18th century. it was very interesting
We visited Dahlonega again this trip , this time though we went in search of a old
Indian princess
Trahylta's Grave   

Each day cars whiz by a nondescript pile of stone north of Dahlonega, occasionally slowing to read the historic marker. The rocks are the grave of a Cherokee who loved the forest and called the mountains of North Georgia home. Trahlyta, according to legend, lived on a mountain near her grave. She was told to walk along a path, drink from the spring and wish never to grow old by the "Mountain Medicine Man" or the Witch of Cedar Mountain, depending on which legend you believe. "You will become more beautiful with each sip" the voice told her. She followed the path and drank from the spring. Word of her beauty quickly spread. Desoto the explorer reportedly sent soldiers to investigate her "Fountain of Youth" as witnessed by a Spanish conquistador helmet which was found not far from the spring.

The Cherokee warrior Wahsega, whom she rejected as a suitor, kidnapped her and took her west to his home. She begged and pleaded for her release, but Wahsega would not permit it. With each day her strength waned, her happiness gone, longing for her mountain forest. Crying tears of pure gold as she lay dying, Trahlyta asked to be buried in the mountain paradise from which she had come. "Strangers, as they pass by, may drop a stone on my grave and they too shall be young and happy, as I once was." she said, "What they wish for shall be theirs!."

The Legend grew, and soon all passersby, would pick up a nearby stone and add it to her grave for good luck. Today her grave is in Stonepile Gap, the spring still exists, and the mountain she lived on, Cedar Mountain, is just a stone's throw away.

Twice the Department of Highways has attempted to move the grave during road construction. Both times at least one person died in an accident while moving the pile. The stone grave remains today in the same place it has always been.

Me and Jenn both placed rocks on the grave.

We went back to baby land again where they have all the cabbage patch dolls

We also saw many of the latest movies together, we do love our movies.

 we also visited stone mountain again,

 I think every time I go there, I like it more,
 we played mini golf and went on the sky ride, and had our dinner at the camp fire cafe. There is a duck ride there and we both love to go on that, its a truck that can go in the water and it is a very relaxing experience and I would recommend it if you ever go to stone mountain park

we stopped at the varsity which has to be the worlds biggest drive through and the food is great, we stopped on the way to Atlanta.

for the first time Me and Jenn visited the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

I had never been to a  Aquarium before so I didn't know what to expect.
it was like a different world,

 and there was fish I didn't even know existed.

I touched the back of a sting ray, I saw sharks and whales and the best part by far was seeing the Dolphins,
 and they even had their own little show, It was magical
and in one part of the aquarium we walked through a glass top tunnel,  it was under the pool that had all the fish in it and when I looked up I could see all the fish , it was amazing.

on the last night, we went do medieval times , I really do like it there, its action and a meal at the same time, what could be better.

Once again time was upon us and I had to go back to England, I always hate that part.
I think it is possibly the hardest thing I ever have to do.

But I have already booked my ticket for July and I cant wait to be there.

Thank you so much for reading mine and Jenn's story

I love you Jenn