Finding the Station

Published at 11:35 PM in ,

We drove the motorhome out to Oxford, Alabama, today.  We met up with some of our family for lunch.  We had a great time!

Since we were going out and about, we took the RV.  We really needed to empty the sewage tanks, and since we would be passing the state rest area, we planned on dumping it there.  Well, we drove through the rest area just inside Alabama. This is a nice rest area with lots of parking. We found the dump station, but it was out of order.  Okay, we thought, we'll just stop at the one inside Georgia on the way home.

Later in the afternoon, on our way back home, we pulled into the Georgia rest area.  Much to our dismay, there WASN'T a dump station.  We saw what might have been one at some point in time, but it definately couldn't be used now.  What would we do now?

Long story short (too late!), we were at another exit, and just happened to see a sign at a truck stop that said they had an RV dump station. So we pulled in there. We didn't realize that some truck stops had dump stations, but apparently they do. Some charge a small fee, while others, like the one where we stopped, do not.  This facility was very clean, and the staff was friendly.  So, if you are traveling I-20 near the Georgia/Alabama line, check out Newborn's Truck Stop. They are located off of exit 5 in Tallapoosa, Georgia. 

Finally Found It - Newborn's Truck Stop!
Tallapoosa, GA


Fernbank Museum of Natural History - Atlanta, GA

Published at 10:03 PM in , ,

Our personal mythical creatures at Fernbank

Today was a WONDERFUL spring break day!  All of the younger kids are on spring break this week.  Don't you homeschool, though? Yes, we homeschool, and we have spring break! The co-op where Rachael and Michael go is closed this week, and Chrissy's private school is out, as well.  We are on track with our school work, so we are having fun!  Monday will be back to the real world!

Learning...always learning!

Today we went to the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, located in Atlanta, Georgia.  Fernbank is a fantastic museum, with many exhibits tailored to children.  They have a new nature exhibit that is totally hands-on, and it was a lot of fun.  Their sensory exhibit is always a favorite, even though we didn't get a chance to see it today.  The kids love that one because you get to make huge bubbles, start a tornado, and be a weather-person on TV. 

Fernbank also has a special temporary exhibit that changes three times a year.  The current exhibit is Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns, and Mermaids. It was very interesting to learn about mythical creatures and their origins from around the world.  They had a huge statue of a unicorn, which of course my girls loved.

Rachael, Chrissy, & the Unicorn

Michael attacked from the air

Taylor escaping the attack
Where do these kids get their theatrics from? hmmm..

Chinese Dragon
If you live in Atlanta and haven't visited this gem, you should.  For a large family - like ours - a family membership makes more sense than purchasing single admission tickets.  For us, a family of six, it was cheaper to buy a membership - which we did last year. With a membership you can return as often as you would like in the next year.  It also provides discounts at the gift shop, cafe, and on tickets for their IMAX theatre.  But for us, an even bigger benefit is the Reciprocal Benefit through the ASTC Passport Program.  This program, through the Association of Science and Technology Centers, allows free entrance to nearly 300 museums nationwide.  So...as we travel the country, our Fernbank membership will go with us!  Bonus!  Special thanks to our friend Christina for pointing that tip out!

For more information on Fernbank, visit http://www.fernbankmuseum.org/.

Chrissy, Lauren, Michael, Rachael, & Taylor
Lauren is Taylor's girlfriend : )