Here’s what I’ve learned to do so far while “resting” in the mountains: (we’re in the north Georgia mountains if I haven’t mentioned that)
- Don’t try to type on your phone while riding in the car. By no means was I driving, but the roads were so curvy and up and down that even typing a quick message (to Lula: we saw Booger Hollow) make me feel like barfing a little. I didn’t used to get motion sick at all, and I can still read in a car for hours…but I guess no longer on mountain roads.
- Have at least two different navigational systems. And access to essential phone numbers. After finding our cabin and unpacking we headed back out to stock the pantry and fridge. Over the river and through the woods…and over the river and through the woods…and over the river and through the woods. We almost didn’t make it to the store even though we were using both the GPS on my phone and Jeeves. My phone didn’t have Ingles in the correct position and Jeeves didn’t even know Ingles existed in that neck of the woods. What finally saved us what calling the store and having the customer service angel lead us there.
- Bring your nerves of steel. Once you get into the mountains you will be enraptured by the beauty and tranquility. You will instinctively pick up every single homes and land magazines that you see. You will pour over every picture looking for the perfect house or land with the perfect view. You will force your husband to do some mortgage calculations while you wipe the drool off the pages so they don’t stick because you’re going to keep these magazines as inspiration and motivation to start saving even more money for retirement.
- When you’re in Blairsville, Georgia you must eat at The Aviator Cafe. I’m slurping on a bowl of tomato bisque as I type and Reagan’s chowing down on Deli chicken noodle soup. The prices are right and the internet is free. Cool music and an even cooler atmosphere (there are planes everywhere so we feel kind of at home) make it a great blogging experience.
- Watch where you’re driving! You will have the insatiable urge to look out the side windows more often than the windshield as that is where most of the mountains and beautiful scenery tend to be. This can cause great danger since, remember, the roads aren’t straight and most of the other drivers probably aren’t sober. Also, old people think they own the road and will pull out in front of you.