Columbia River, Washington

IMG_4548Going through the tunnel from Chelan is one of the things I love about driving to Wenatchee, because of this great view of the Columbia River as we exit the tunnel and go down the hill.


Dry Falls, Washington


The nice thing about Washington, my husband’s home state, is that it has trees and forests, as well as deserts like this. He actually grew up around Lake Chelan in Central Washington, the dry part, and this place is only about an hour’s drive away. As the name indicates, there used to be waterfalls here — 10x bigger than Niagara and perhaps the largest in the world, and the flow from the falls was 10x those of all rivers in the world combined, but this was during the Ice Age when catastrophic floods. (Wikipedia)

Stone Mountain, Georgia


Here are three views of Stone Mountain, “the world’s largest exposed granite monolith,” and the world’s largest bas relief featuring three heroes of the Confederates: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis. It is also a park and during our visit we enjoyed some of its family oriented attractions like the train ride, duck amphibious car/boat ride, ropes course playground, barn play area, and of course, the Skyride and walk at the top of the mountain. It’s just an hour from Atlanta.


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Atlanta, Georgia


When we stop over in Atlanta en route to Seattle we like to spend a few days near the Centennial Olympic Park. In addition to the park and CNN headquarters (foodcourt) we also brought our young son to the Georgia Aquarium and Children’s Museum, which were all within walking distance. We have also been to the Coke museum on a separate visit 12 years ago.