The Big Peach – What’ll Ya Have?
For the last day of our adventure, The Dane and I packed up and headed out, reversing our MARTA experience to get the car and head back to pack up. Once we were done with that, we decided that we’d complete our CityPASS booklet by heading over to Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
The Dane and I have an ongoing (friendly) argument about dinosaurs. I like to tease him by telling him that they aren’t real, which drives him a little nuts. The consequence is that he has to show me dinosaurs and tell me all sorts of stories about them and the archeological digs that went into discovering some of the best bones. I know, it’s a bit weird, but it’s fun and has provided us with fodder for a lot of great adventures. Fernbank was no exception.
At some point during our journey, we ran into someone who told us that Fernbank would be their last choice because if you chose Fernbank, you’re choosing it over the College Football Hall of Fame. Don’t get me wrong, I love football, but I don’t consider myself a diehard fan.
We started out at Fernbank following the dinosaur steps.
Then we actually found them (EGADS).
I have some mixed feelings about our visit to Fernbank. Mainly due to the fact that a number of the exhibits were closed while we were there. While I understand that things need upgrading, at $33 (a little less with the CityPASS), this comes in at the second highest cost for an attraction on our list. I felt that perhaps the museum might want to consider decreasing the cost if they wanted to pull more visitors with so much of the museum closed. On the other hand, the parts of the museum that were open were very well done and highly enjoyable. Though maybe not for everyone.
Off the bat, I got to poke a little fun at The Dane. The dinosaurs below are not made of real bone, they are from a movie set. Of course I had to tell him, “See, not real.”
A part of the reason that I wanted to go to Fernbank (aside from The Dane) was because of the walking paths. We both like to hike and I had read that the hiking paths were very well done. I found that to be an understatement. The trail was probably the most manicured route we’ve ever been on. With 65 acres of pristine woodland forest, there is plenty to see and explore. If you are a true nature lover, then definitely do not miss Fernbank.
While we were there, we told a Gent that we were talking to that after our walk through the forest, we intended to head back into the heart of the city for a hotdog at The Varsity. He was speechless for a moment, scratched his head and said, “Well, I guess you have to do that when you come to the city.”
After roving around, we did just that. No trip to the heart of Atlanta is complete without a Varsity chili dog.
The Varsity in Atlanta is the world’s largest drive-in (not kidding). The original restaurant was opened in 1928. A second location was opened in Athens in 1932.
I wanted to mention the one in Athens because that is the one that I’m most familiar with. As a kid, my dad and I would go there to eat together. He always made it such a fun adventure. No trip there was complete without a chili dog, some onion rings and a Frosted Orange. The Frosted Orange is the one soda drink that we don’t refer to as Coke because it is distinctly itself and it simply just goes with any meal that you get at The Varsity.
The Dane teases me about my love of The Varsity (I’d rather go there than any fancy restaurant). He tells me that this makes me a cheap date 🙂 The Varsity is also one of those places where you really do have to get the paper hat. I’m not saying you have to wear it, but…it’ll be fun ♩♫♪
As we waited in line, I noticed that there was a news crew nearby. I nudged The Dane and pointed. (It was the second time this trip that I did that.) Briefly, I was distracted by the sound of “What’ll Ya Have? What’ll Ya Have? What’ll Ya Have?” I placed our order and paid, then realized that The Dane had wandered off.
Normally, The Dane is sort of reserved. Not this time. Boldly, he had apparently walked up to the reporter and started to chat with her. On the side of the camera, there was a Milwaukee logo that The Dane had noticed. He told me later that he felt drawn to go and speak to people from his hometown.
As a result, the reporter asked if she could interview him. Of course, he was excited about possibly being on TV (me…not so much). Here’s how the interview went:
Reporter: What brings you to The Varsity? Are you here for the game?
The Dane: No, I came for the hotdogs.
I couldn’t help but laugh. Somehow, it had not occurred to The Dane that Greenbay was slated to play Atlanta the upcoming weekend and he’s a Greenbay fan! That should tell you, these hotdogs really are the best in the world. If you get to Atlanta, don’t miss The Varsity. It’s a real treat!
Thank you for stopping by my blog and allowing me to rattle on and on about our trip. If you’re from out-of-state, I hope you add my home state to your bucket list. I know we’d love to have ya.