Wanderlust Part 4 of 5 – A Road-trip to the Florida Keys and Other Sunsets…or Waterfalls

We ran away from Florida with the big ocean and gulf full of wild fishes to the Georgia Aquarium! Fact: I love aquariums. Fact: Eva took me on a date to the Camden Aquarium. What a little romantic she is. We didn’t make many plans throughout our trip, but we did agree to go to the largest aquarium in the freakin world.

I got the closest I’ve ever been to a penguin, witnessed the massiveness of whale sharks, and saw a dolphin show (don’t worry, it is safe for children). The show was really kiddy, but there were pretty awesome tricks. Kind of makes me wish I followed through with Marine Bio in college.

Sunsets and Waterfalls

After the aquarium we knew we wanted to make it to some waterfalls. Far away from South of the Border and its many billboards was a lovely pit stop. Normally we reserve these stops for stretching and what not, but I felt decent about my photography skills so we snapped some shots. Maybe this isn’t a big attraction to you, but for me it captures what it is like to be on the road.

By night we aimed to be in North Carolina because Siri told us there was a place to see waterfalls. This drive was probably the most nerve recking for me because I wasn’t driving, the roads had more curves than a snake, and it was pitch black. Slow and steady won the race, and thanks to Wal-Mart we had a place to sleep by the falls so we could see them bright and early.

Wake up early, get in the car, drive a half hour down the road, get directions, end up directly next to the Wal-Mart again because we were actually right next to the falls! Who cares because these things were worth it, and I made sure to capture the moments as much as possible. Eva is a trooper for letting me take a bunch of photos, and I tried some long exposure shots to make the waterfalls look more dramatic.

One of the best surprises on the trip was driving through the weirdest, three-home towns, and stumbling on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This absolutely amazing scenic road runs through North Carolina and Virginia providing fun winding turns and attractions along the way. We saw some motorcyclist, which made me extremely jealous and planting the seed to want to return. Asheville was our last stop in North Carolina so we could grab some food. The record shops and expensive thrift stores reminded me of home, and, unfortunately, we were off the Blue Ridge Parkway so there was no reminder of being lost in the woods.

Written by Michael Forgie

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