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National Museum Day

And another rainy day in Georgia.  Since there is at least one museum nearby that we’ve wanted to visit for a while now and thanks to the Smithsonian today there is free admission, we dicided to visit the Tellus Northwest Georgia Science Museum.  This museum was bigger than we thought.  We only alotted 2 hours for our visit and it really wasn’t enough time to take in every exhibit.  We missed out on a show at their planetarium, panning for gems, and digging for fossils.  So, we will just have to plan another visit on another day.  I have uploaded 60 photos from our visit today, so click on the link to the right for our online photo album and enjoy!

Anyone have an ark for sale?

After nearly 2-weeks of non-stop rain, our rivers have had more than enough.  Yesterday parts of 3 major highways were closed due to rivers/creeks that had flooded over the roads.  And numerous side roads were closed due to flooding too.  On Monday Pete braved the conditions and got to work with a fairly normal commute, but his commute home was 2 hours 45 minutes… over 2 hours more than normal.  So, when he woke up Tuesday and saw the reports of the highway closings (one of which he uses on his daily commute), he made the smart decision to call in and use a vacation day.  Thankfully the clouds parted and the sun came out Tuesday and today, but the remainder of the week and early next week calls for more rain.  So, if you have an ark for sale, bring it to Atlanta.

Other than the traffic inconvenience, the rain hasn’t caused us much problems.  We have no flooding or rain damage here at Rott’n Manor.

There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills

Did you know that in the 1800’s that there was so much gold produced in Georgia that the US Mint actually had a branch in Dahlonega, Georgia? We spent Saturday afternoon enjoying the exhibits at the Dahlonega Gold Museum and touring the Consolidated Gold Mines.

Of course no day of touring can ever start without a good meal. There are lots of good restaurants in Dahlonega. We choose Dante’s, a restaurant that features Caribbean cuisine. We feasted on jerk chicken wings, jerk pork, and chipotle lime tilapia.

After a very satisfying lunch, we visited the Dahlonega Gold Museum, which is housed in the old court house building. The courthouse is one of the oldest still remaining in the United States. Upstairs where the court room use to be we were shown a short informative movie about gold mining operations in Georgia. There was a story told about one Georgia entrepreneur who gold plated the dash board of his car and drove to New York to get investors for a mining operation. The entrepreneur didn’t tell his investors that the mine had already been played out.

Next we toured the largest gold mine East of the Mississippi, the Consolidated Gold Mines. At the mine we were taken 60 feet below the ground and shown the conditions in which the miners worked. At one point the guide turned on an old air drill for a few brief seconds. It was loud and reverberated through the tunnels. After our tour below we got to try our hand at panning for gold. We both walked away with a vile contained a few nearly microscopic nuggets of gold that we actually panned ourselves!


Photos from our golden day are posted in our online photo album, enjoy.

Last weekend of summer

Well, there are already signs of fall.  Here is a picture of one of our dogwood trees with it’s red berries. 


It’s ben raining most of the week.  And is suppose to continue raining this weekend.

Bolo managed to hurt himself some how.  Vet thinks it’s just a sprain. So, he should recover in a few weeks.

Enjoying the fruits of someone elses labor!

Pete is off enjoying the Annual Lowes AutoFair at Lowes Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC with the Yellow Mustang Registry.  He’ll be home soon, so I have just enough time to do a quick post.  I’m sure when he get’s settled he will post some photos on our online photo album.

I’ve been busy while Pete’s been out gallivanting around the South East.  Yesterday I had quite a few errands to run in the big city of Canton and enjoyed a Chinese lunch while out and about.  Returning back to Ball Ground, I couldn’t help but noticed all of the commotion going on downtown.  I wasn’t sure what was going on, but soon discovered that the Ball Ground Grill was hosting an open house complete with live music, children’s activities, and a cooking demonstration in the park.  As soon as I put away a few things, I grabbed Bolo and we began walking the .7 miles into town.

We made it nearly to the park, when we ran into one of our neighbors tending his garden.  This was our neighbors first time meeting Bolo, and he was quite impressed with Bolo’s skills.  Our neighbor had way too many tomatoes than he can use, so he was kind enough to make a sack full of tomatoes for me to pick up on our way back.  I’ve been enjoying those tomatoes and jalapenos all weekend!


We made it to the town park just in time to hear the bands acoustic set.  They were playing blues/Cajun music.  I enjoyed it very much.  In between songs, the “cooking demonstration” was ongoing adding one or two ingredients to a pot making some fantastic chili.  Bolo got restless so we walked along the newly remodeled streetscape of downtown Ball Ground.  I need to bring the camera down there to take pictures.  We hung out for a while in front of the Ball Ground Grill with another lady and her dog.  The restaurant was kind enough to provide water for the thirsty puppies.  Soon it was time to head back home.  We stopped back in the park to listen to a few more songs.  Back at our neighbors garden, he was gone but there was a sack of yummy heirloom tomatoes as promised.    Dinner & lunch the following day featured those tomatoes.  Yum!

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