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Hometown Tourists, Part 2

This weekend we spent a little more time visiting the local sights here in Kennesaw and catching up with friends.  Knowing that our good friends “Blind Fate” would be playing at the Burnt Hickory Brewery on Saturday, we hit the micro-brewery to see what it was all about.  Short tour was followed by some sampling of the results.  You can purchase 6 pours, which was enough for Jackie and I to split, or 12 if you are really thirsty.  We liked the lime and sour beers and a pear variety.  The peanut butter cup variation (with something else, maybe graham cracker) was a bit sweet and heavy for me.

Burnt Hickory Brewery

Inside the brewery

We grabbed a stool and a barrel table and got to listen to some great tunes by Blind Fate’s Terri and Dan (joined by a harmonica player, but I missed his name).  Terri even made pretzel necklaces to snack on!  What fun.

Blind Fate Live at the Brewery

Terri of Blind Fate Live at the Brewery

Next stop was the Pigs and Peaches celebration in Kennesaw.  We had barbeque, bar-b-cue, barbecue, BBQ ribs, sandwiches, pulled and slathered with sauce (and some more beer to wash it down).  Checked out the Weber Grill Academy and other booths.  Great afternoon, but was it ever HOT … mid-90’s at least.  It was fun checking out the competition side of things, with all their trailer rigs and special smokers.

Next adventure starts Monday.  We are headed down toward Eatonton and Lawrence Shoals Recreation Area.  This is a Georgia Power managed site that looks like paddleboarding and hiking will be possible.  Just a few days to hike, paddle, explore and relax around the campsite before we do our Labor Day trip to Myrtle Beach.  High Falls State Park was first on our list, but we don’t think there is enough to do for a couple of days staying at the falls.  Will post a few pictures from the camp later in the week.

Thanks for checking in.

Update:
We are the only ones camping here this week, so we have the place to ourselves. If you ever wondered what vacationing in August is like, it’s quiet.
Lake Oconee is warm, clean and lined with granite outcroppings. Wonderful for paddling and swimming.

Busy day paddleboarding.  Time to relax.

Busy day paddleboarding. Time to relax.

 

Lake Oconee Selfie

Loving this. We are the only campers in the place!

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Hometown Tourists

Isn’t it funny how most of us don’t play tourist in our own town? There are so many places and events around us that we always mean to stop and visit, but somehow never do. Well this weekend we checked out a few of those places with my son Alex and his girlfriend Bethany.

It all started with something that is all too familiar, however: spending time at Lowe’s and Home Depot to search out stuff for his new house. We looked at bath fixtures, lighting, cabinets and countertops, power tools and … well, you know how it goes when you are fixing up your first house. But heck, we got lunch out of the deal: hot dogs from the AC reps at each store. Actually, the only thing we bought was some shelving at Aldi’s (our favorite place to shop) that was a great deal.

Taking a selfie at Kennesaw Craft Beer Fest. “Is this thing on?”

Back to playing tourists. This past May, Jackie and I went to our first beer festival, the Kennesaw Craft Beer Fest. Great day, hot as heck but lots of great sampling of local craft beer (did you even know we HAD local craft and micro breweries?). Represented was the Kennesaw Burnt Hickory Brewery, among others, and I found out that Ale Yeah! was a new shop that had opened in town that featured local brews. So that lingering curiosity finally got us in the door of Ale Yeah!. Little old house that now sports 16 craft beers on tap. If you have kept up with changes in Georgia law and craft brewers, you will know that you can now buy a container (called a growler) of your choice of draft, craft beer and take it home for consumption.

Since we couldn’t decide which we would like, we opted for a flight of 4 pours each (little 4 oz. brandy snifter type glasses). We spent the next half hour or so trying to match up the flavors with the names and share our thoughts (peach flavors were a hit, as was pumpkin ale, raspberry was pretty sweet, some of the IPA’s very hoppy). I am by no means an expert, nor a big beer person anyway, but it made for a lot of discussion.

Lazy Guy Distillery

Lazy Guy Distillery

Not finished with our day about town, we drove about a block away and joined a tour of the Lazy Guy Distillery. This is a great little whiskey distillery, right in town.  Very informative tour was followed by a sampling of some of their whiskey and bourbon. Yikes, some of them had a definite kick of proof, but several were very smooth and others were infused with coffee, vanilla, cinnamon. How fun. Saturday tours are free, but if you pay for the tour you can take home a souvenir bottle of whiskey.

Anyway, we had a good time playing tourists. Still need to go back and visit the Burnt Hickory Brewery and check out the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History (home of “The General”). How funny that you sometimes never check out what is right there in your own home town.

Monday's Blueberry Peach Pie adventure

Blueberry Peach Pie

And now it is Monday and I am NOT back at work (retirement is cool), just staring at a bowl of peaches that are in need of peeling and slicing. Hmm. There is a package of pie crusts in the fridge along with some fresh blueberries, so today’s adventure is making a peach and blueberry pie. It was five cups of fresh peaches and blueberries with some flour, lemon juice, cinnamon and stevia inside two refrigerated pie crusts.  The result was amazing for my first effort, and it was OK to have a piece at lunch, since I did my 4 mile walk already this morning.  Too bad the picture isn’t scratch and sniff, cause it was good.

Until the next adventure …

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