Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Well, its almost time to think about it

Gatlinburg with a little snow on the mountains

It's that time of year again, when those who don't have to handle the work, look forward to the event.

And, those who do, can't believe that it is only about 16 weeks and a few days until Christmas.

The summer heat's not gone yet, the vegetables are dying on the vine, but hey, what a great time lies ahead.

New Orleans' Fulton Street turned into Christmas Wonderland

We have already started making plans to experience the holidays. On previous occasions we have journeyed to Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA., and Bellingrath Gardens outside Mobile, AL.

Christmasy Callaway Gardens

On our first Callaway Gardens trip about five years ago, we managed to also do the "drive through" for the Christmas decorations at Lake Lanier north of Atlanta.

This year we plan to be in Gatlinburg on Dec. 7 for their annual Christmas parade which, chamber officials say, draws as many as 80,000 hardy souls.

Bellingrath Gardens beauty

Its going to be a wild fall, what with a nine-day trip planned to the West Coast. That will be followed by a Halloween outing with four of our grands to Six Flags over Georgia.

Next comes a holiday dance recital by one of our grandkids in New Orleans where maybe we'll experience a Miracle on Fulton Street again.

And who knows, we could also make a pre-Thanksgiving trip, either a cruise, or another visit to the Great Smoky Mountains.

Ho, ho, ho

As I have said before, when the temperature rises, my interest declines. Well, with the temperatures expected to start dropping as we head into the Fall, my interest in travel increases.

Hey, is that Bing Crosby I hear singing in the background.

Next post: Sept. 11, 2012

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