Will Travel For Yarn

Not too long ago (okay, yes, it was several months ago), I took a short-ish weekend trip with my friend, Crystal, down to Atlanta, Georgia. I really had no other reason for wanting to go than to visit a yarn store I’ve been shopping online with recently, Eat.Sleep.Knit — but more about that later!

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We were flying out on a Friday afternoon, after closing up shop with our day jobs. We got to the airport with plenty of time to spare in order to enjoy a leisurely dinner and kick-off cocktail at Ike’s.

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We packed pretty light and got a fairly inexpensive direct flight with Spirit. When you’re mentally prepared for budget travel, it’s really not too terrible — at least I thought so. My seatmate (not Crystal but rather the gal who sat on my other side) was a total grump, though. Oh, well!

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We landed right around midnight (Atlanta-time), so while we waited for a shuttle to bring us to our first hotel near the airport, we scanned for peaches. It really didn’t take long to find one!

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The next morning we woke up early-ish, had a pretty decent hotel breakfast then headed off for adventure. I was actually planning for a class at the shop that started around 2pm, so we didn’t have a ton of time for sightseeing (and unfortunately we had to miss out on Waffle House).

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Once we found our hotel, we decided to go to the nearby Piedmont Park for a stroll/flower-sniffing/sun enjoying. (The weather in Minnesota had been okay that week, but we were still mentally healing from a blizzard two weeks prior.) We checked in at the Botanical Gardens, but made plans to really spend quality time there the next day.

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I was told by a former Atlanta-native that we visited at the right time: everything was blooming but most of the pollen had been washed away and it was not Hotlanta quite yet. I couldn’t agree more (though I have no knowledge otherwise). My impression of Atlanta? It’s so clean and smells so great and everything is so beautiful! So now I can maybe only ever visit Atlanta at the end of April. (I might be planning for an annual trek to the yarn shop now lovingly known as “the Mothership.”)

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And suddenly we ran into this huuuuuge field, where practically all of the sports were being played simulatenously.

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I’m a weirdo for wildlife, y’all. But what kind of turkey/duck thing is this??

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Crystal and I paused for a quick bite together at a random Starbucks we found in Midtown before I headed out to the shop and she headed into some art museums.

More to come…