Road Trip to Summerville, GA | Mommy and Me Monday | 373rd ed


Spring Break was upon us this week. We didn’t really have any big plans for travel or vacation. I wanted to do something, but didn’t really want to pack (and let’s be honest unpack!)

Mr. Serious took on planning a day trip for us and found Summerville, Georgia. Despite the forecast of rain and the significant drop in temperatures, we went for it.

Our first stop was James (Sloppy) Floyd State Park. Our navigation conveniently took us right to our necessary first stop, a bathroom. Once there, we got ready for our 0.8 mile hike down to the entrance to an old marble mine shaft and waterfall.

There were some nice views along the way.

enroute to james floyd state partk

We made it to the waterfall and mine entrance with almost smiles from everybody. We were able to walk under the waterfall and see into the entrance to the mine.

Mommy and Me Monday at James Floyd Park in Summerville Ga

The steps to get onto the bridge were just big pieces of cement, so walking into it while raining was a little slippery.

Mommy and Me Monday at James Floyd Park in Summerville Ga

From there, we went to a vegan restaurant called The Vineyard. It was really tasty, incredibly affordable and totally different.

After hiking and belly filling, we went on our way to Paradise Garden featuring Howard Finster’s artwork. Since Mr. Serious planned this trip, I only briefly saw the website and had no idea what to expect. I think “eclectic” is an understatement.

Mommy and Me Monday at Paradise Garden in Summerville Ga.jpg

The favorite place in the garden? The mirror house. We reflections repeated for miles in all directions. The girls thought it was the best.

Mommy and Me Monday at Paradise Garden in Summerville Ga

Finster Fest will be held 10 AM-6 PM Saturday May 27 and 11 AM-5 PM Sunday, May 28 at Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden, just outside Summerville, GA. It will feature the work of some 50 mostly self-taught artists, live music and food and drink. Admission: $5. Proceeds help fund the operation of Howard Finster’s extraordinary art environment.
The Fest will also feature art display by community students and an area where any kid can draw.

We wrapped the weekend with a visit to SunTrust Park. After about 2 innings of college baseball, we were all antsy. Since it wasn’t a full stadium and was open seating, we spent some time walking around and found ourselves up at the top. It’s a great view of the stadium and the city, but whew, it’s not for the faint of heart. It’s really high up there.

Spring Break at SunTrust Park Atlanta

It’s another Spring Break in the books for us. The girls had fun and we spent some family time together and that’s what we like best!

How was your weekend? Did you get in the picture?

GET IN THE PICTURE WITH YOUR KIDS! Who cares what you look like? Who cares how you appear? Who cares what you are wearing? JUST DO IT! Since the button code stopped working many moons ago, I took it out. But, if you are adding your link to my link list, please, as a courtesy, add a link back to my site so people can explain and link up themselves if they’d like. After all, that’s the point of the link up!

It’s time again for Mommy and Me Monday. Pop out from behind that camera and capture yourself in action with your kids. Check out the inaugural Mommy and Me Monday for more information.  Need another reason to participate in Mommy and Me Monday? Read my post about why I blog with words from a friend’s husband.


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  1. Pat Chance says:

    That looks like a great day trip. Good job Mr. Serious.

  2. Beautiful waterfall! I can’t get past the spelling of “eTURNal” and wondering what his pun was!

    1. I’m wondering if it was a pun, or about the people “turning” in the picture, or a genuine misspelling.

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