Last week, Trey and I visited Massee Lane Gardens in Fort Valley, GA. The location is the headquarters of the American Camellia Society and features nine acres of flower gardens, green houses, peach and pecan orchards, and a couple small museums and galleries.
Being the dead of winter (and during a bad cold spell), it wasn’t the best time to visit and see its world-renowned flower gardens. However, I got a good idea of its potential and look forward to going back with Heidi and Trey in the spring. I’m sure it will be spectacular then.
The last day my parents were in town we all went to Macon’s Amerson Water Works Park (where we celebrated Trey’s 4th birthday). Contrary to what its title may imply, it is not a water park and the only water around is the nearby Ocmulgee River – in fact, the park is so new that it doesn’t even have drinking water fountains or restrooms.
What it does have is Macon’s only handicap accesible playground; which was great for my brother Philip. Philip was able to enjoy the swing set and even get to the slides.
Trey spent the entire time playing with his newly acquired remote control cars. Not just driving them around the playground but down the slides where they would crash and roll at the bottom (to his squeals of delight).
Arabia Mountain is a favorite spot of ours. It’s a shame it isn’t closer.
Trey and I visited it last week and hiked the mountain so that I could get some sunset shots (practicing for our upcoming trip). We had a great time there but on the way home in the dark we got lost. My iPhone’s GPS wasn’t functioning properly and some road closures put us on strange roads I’d never seen. In the dark I couldn’t even tell if I was going north or south sometimes. Nonetheless, we finally made it home (around 11pm) and my little guy was passed out asleep in the car.
I had to get my iPhone 3G fixed replaced at the Apple Store in Atlanta (dying battery, no wireless, unreliable GPS) and I promised Trey a treat for making the drive with me. He has never been to Centennial Park and I knew he would love the Olympic rings water fountain.
It turned out to be the WORST day of the year to go into Atlanta. DragonCon was going on, LSU was playing UNC, Decatur was having a massive book festival, and Atlanta was holding its Black Gay Pride Festival. It was very, very crowded and we saw lots of very, very odd individuals (jocks, nerds, and gays alike).
Nonetheless, the 45 minutes he played in the water were nothing but pure joy.
This past weekend Trey and I went hiking in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area just north of Atlanta. Here’s a video of us hiking followed by Trey singing his “Booger Song” that he came up with on the trail.
Last Saturday we had Trey’s second (of three) 4-year birthday party. We had friends from around Macon join us at the Amerson Water Works Park in northeast Macon. The highlight of the party was definitely the piñata. It took Trey’s muscle man friend Griffin to decapitate it for the kids to access its candy innards.
Despite the heat, the kids had fun on the great playground at that park. After the festivities several of us headed over to Pho Saigon, Macon’s best (and only) Vietnamese restaurant. We’ve become friends with the owner/chef Bruce and his daughter Suri and Trey are buddies too. Suri, her dad, and baby sister even joined us earlier at the park.