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‘Vacations & Weekends’ Highlights

Strawberry Fields Forever….


Photos: Courtesy Amalesh Panse

No Need for a bowl or a silver spoon

Sugar or spice or cream

Plump and Juicy Strawberries from the fields

Are no less than a beautiful Dream……


Let me take you down

‘Cause we went to the Strawberry Fields !


Eat a few or eat more

Eat on the fields or take them home

We screamed happily till our voices went sore

Those few hours, the fields truly felt like home.


Let me take you down

‘Cause we went to the Strawberry Fields !


Green is for “Go”……Go Green !!

There are so many extraordinary ways to come together and work to make a difference to the Planet Earth. Infact, if you look up; this Earth Day there were more than a 100 million acts and each one of these acts was an inspiration to ordinary individuals to spur action against climate change and Earth’s crises.

My mini contribution was to take my family to the Chattahoochee Nature Center for their “Earth Day Kids Fest with Captain Planet Foundation” event. It was not a direct contribution to the nature; but just being for such awareness raising fun events , I think it brought us nature loving people one step closer to realizing – How with all our busy lives and routines, we just take our Mother Earth for granted and fall short in giving back the love it gives us.

My 3 year old son enjoyed the visit a lot. He learnt a few fun projects to help the planet. Along with him, we did too.  There were many interactive booths and exhibits from local groups and environmental organizations.

There was one indoor exhibit, that I know he loved a lot. It was a theme relating to water conservation. There was a nice demonstration of how clouds provide with rain water and how rain water falls into this metal basin, representing a river and finally accumulates into bigger water bodies; and how dams help control how much water accumulates. Additionally, they try to demonstrate how a faucet left open carelessly wastes such an important resource and necessity t mankind. Being a 3 year old, I’m not sure how much he retained; but he just loved exploring how the rain water sprinkled down everytime he pulled the lever and flows down the metal basin into a bucket that was kept at the exhibit. Then he tried to pull the second lever that activated the dam concept and stopped the water from flowing down. I thought it was a very nice and simple exhibit explaining such a key concept.

Another couple of interactive booths that my son enjoyed thoroughly were – Recycling CD’s into crafts. He chose to recycle a CD by making a pretty turtle out of it. The other one was making a bird feeder at another interactive booth; where together my son and the nice lady made cuts into the plastic bottles, and inserted spoons for the birds to sit on and the seeds to falls on. They poured seeds into the bottle and then tied a string to the mouth of the bottle and closed the cap. The bird feeder was ready to be hung on the tree.

I think it was a super idea to get up on a Saturday morning and venture out to the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Kudos to all the organizers for such a fun event and raising awareness. What made it even more fun was a school bus ride from a school parking lot to the center. My son was so excited to sit in the school bus and look outside; he sang “wheels on the bus go round and round” and made other kids sing with him….I think it was a Splendid morning !!

Go Green !!

Saturday morning Farmers Market & Arts n Crafts Festival

Lovely Saturday. After a few hours of sleep on Friday night and Saturday morning breakfast of cake and chai, we just set out to our local farmers market and the Arts & Crafts festival. Lots of people and color, live band in the park, kids playing with their hula hoops and people displaying all their talents…paintings, wall arts, decorative hats, fresh herbs from home gardens, fresh bread and cup cakes, garden decorations, wood art….so much out there.

I’ve posted a few pictures here to capture the spirit of this beautiful Saturday morning.

We Rafted – No flips, only a few falls !!

Ever since hubby rafted a couple years ago, I could not wait for myself to get into the waters and experience the thrills. Finally, the past weekend I got a chance to go to Ducktown….and did I hear someone say it is a quacking good place to be !!

We rafted on the Ocoee River in Tennessee – the Middle Ocoee, about 20 class 3 rapids, crammed with waves and holes, was never a dull moment – gave us all a nice adrenaline rush…. The most exciting one was the last one – the Hell’s Hole – this one was the biggest wave on the river. Right after the wave we were droppped into a large hydraulic…and right after that are the two last ledges… a great grand finale and a GREAT RIDE !!
Ofcourse, not to forget other great rapids – Table Saw, Double Trouble……, a great guide, great weather, awesome water, wonderful company, we really did have a swell of a time.

The 1996 Summer Olympics ‘Whitewater Slalom’ event was hosted by the Ocoee River, however the Olympic course is a part of the Upper Ocoee. So the next time, the plan is to raft on the Upper Ocoee !!

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