Michael and I returned to Atlanta, June 24, 2009. Michael drove, and we discussed Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson & the Civil War. We headed for Stone Mountain east of the city and took the Skyride to the top. We saw the skyline in the distance.
Michael had been to Turner Field. It was my first time. The New York Yankees were playing the Atlanta Braves and, of course, we were Yankee fans. We saw a classic game, baseball at its best! The Yankees won 8-4, and I could not have written a better script. Mariano Rivera struck out the side in the 9th inning and got the save. Manager Joe Giardi's ejection sparked a Yankee rally. Turner Field is a modern, family-friendly ballpark and a tribute to America's sport.
Michael and I drove to Atlanta and back on January 10, 2006. We went straight to SunTrust Plaza. SunTrust started in Atlanta and had its corporate office there. There seemed to be a branch on every corner as we drove around. SunTrust was in 8 states and Washington, D.C. Michael and I talked about his job. I wanted this trip to be oriented toward his career. We meant to get a hotel but realized we could see everything and be back in Nashville that night. We strolled through town and spotted the CNN Center. Michael and I discussed Ted Turner. We crossed Centennial Olympic Park to the Georgia Aquarium, the largest in the world. We saw thousands and thousands of fish! There were no great whites, but there were whale sharks that get as long as buses. We drove through the suburb of Buckhead before heading up I-75 and I-24. It was a learning experience!
Karen and I spent Memorial Day weekend, 1983, in Atlanta. We took I-24 to Chattanooga and traveled I-75. We stayed at the Red Roof Inn and began with what was most typically Atlanta: the downtown area. We went to Peachtree Plaza, entered the Omni and the World Congress Center. They are laden with shops, restaurants & convention halls. Next, we went to the Georgia State Capitol Building. The dome is done is gold leaf, and the State Museum inside is strong in natural history. Karen knew I would like Stone Mountain! It is a state park, and the carving in the granite makes it a southern Mount Rushmore. The figures from left to right are Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee & Stonewall Jackson. We rode the incline to the top. Sun-bathers were strewn on the rock as if it were a beach. The Atlanta skyline was in the distance. Our second day began with the Atlanta Zoo. Right away, I felt an urge to take animal notes. Karen got some nice photos. After some Major League Baseball with the Braves and Cubs, we headed back to Nashville.
December, 1977 - Atlanta
Peachtree Street is the main thoroughfare in Atlanta. I visited Emory University and the Hartsfield International Airport. The buildings at Emory are gray and foreboding. The Atlanta airport is the second largest in the country, and nearly everyone changes planes there when flying to or from southern cities. Atlanta is more cosmopolitan than Louisville or Nashville. I went to Atlanta Underground, a subterranean row of bars and boutiques, early in the morning. Everything was closed.