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Like Walking in a Movie

Posted by Heliocentrism on July 26, 2010

July 3, 2010

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No. I didn’t look inside this outhouse.

Two Movies I have not Seen

Mark and I spent the night at another KOA in Forsyth. It was just the nearest campground outside Atlanta. We were delighted to find that we were near two interesting movie-centric towns.

We were to meet up with my family for the 4th of July and to kick off a huge multi-state camping trip. But that wasn’t going to be until the next day. We had to entertain ourselves for one day. I had the idea of breakfast at the Whistle Stop Cafe and then to head off to Atlanta.

The Famous Southern Fried Green Tomatoes

We first went to Juliette. Nothing was open except the Honeycomb. We went inside to look around. Mark bought some gifts for his mom and we chatted with the owners.

We really wanted to have breakfast in this cute little town, so we played checkers and walked around until the cafe opened. I have never seen Fried Green Tomatoes or read the book, but after walking around the town, I pretty much have an idea of what happened in it.

The fried green tomatoes were wonderful, by the way!

Movie Opening night relics

Next we went to Jonesboro, the town that was the setting for Gone With The Wind. This was another movie that I have never seen and book I have not read. But we headed off to the Road to Tara Museum anyway.We walk around the props from the movie and speculated about which house was used as the inspiration for the Tara.

We found out that Martin Luther King, Jr. sang at the opening of this movie as a kid with his choir. Even though it wasn’t planned, this whole trip to America followed the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Can’t wait to go to Japan and try it there too!

Samples From around the World

We drove into Atlanta and visited the World of Coca-Cola. It’s a little brain-washy. You hear them give you reason after reason why Coke is your favorite drink. I personally hate Coke… or any soda. I think if I spent a couple days here I would be convinced that I liked Coke. But I had to see the World of Coca-Cola because that’s what you go to see when you go to Atlanta; that, the Airport, and the CNN building.

My advice is to skip the “movies” except for the 4D movie. Make sure you have enough time in the sampling room. They have 60 flavors of Coke-Cola products from all around the world. You get a little cup and you can sample as much as you like. Even though I hate soda, my favorite drink was the pineapple stuff from South Africa. The worst was Stoney from Tanzania.  (In the video below, it’s Stoney that I’m trying  to drink when I, well… you’ll see.)

Martin Luther King Jr.’s resting place

We Can Just Walk There

Mark and I were lucky enough to find a place to park for a flat rate of only 3USD on the weekends. So when we were done with the World of Coke-Cola we thought it would be a good idea to walk down Auburn Ave. We took our TomTom and headed down the street.

This turned out to be a bad idea. On the TomTom the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr. was about 8 minutes away. But that’s if we were driving. We also couldn’t get TomTom to give us walking directions, which meant we were walking in mini circles to avoid walking the wrong way on a one-way street.

Then the sun started to set. Harmless Atlanta started to look a bit seedy. We got nervous any time someone drove too slowly passed us completely convinced that we looked like to two out-of-town rubes needed to be mugged or scammed. We stopped in front of the Ebenezer church and stood there looking at it. Then some guy walking on the other side of the street started yelling at us.

The Ebenezer church

My first thought was that he, obviously, mistook us for some other people. He kept yelling. He was trying to tell us that we were at the wrong church. What we were looking at was the New Ebenezer church. The one we were looking for, the one in which MLK worked, was across the street, where he was standing. We thanked him and he went on his way.

We then walked along the street and saw MLK’s grave and his birthplace. A few weeks later we would visit Montgomery, where he led the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Memphis, where he was shot, The William J. Clinton Presidential Library, where his influence can be seen, and later the Washington Mall, where he did his March on Washington.

MLK’s eternal flame

Here is Mark’s first video of our Visit to America.

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The United States of America

How to get there:

You can enter my country by land, air, or sea. But I think flight would be your transportation method of choice.

I have no clue how to get a visa to the US or who needs one. Just assume that you need one if you are not American or Canadian and check with your local US embassy.

Phone:

  • Use 911 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance
  • Use 411 for information (This might cost money.)

Website:

Downloads:

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • It’s a big country. You’re going to need a car.

KOA
(Forsyth)

How to get there:

  • 33°06’24.2″N 83°47’58.6″W

By car –

Take I-75 exit 186.

Address:

414 Frontage Road
Frontage Road
Forsyth, GA 31029

Phone:

  • (478) 994-2019

Website

e-mail: ke123@msn.com

Notes:

  • This KOA comes with only 1 hour of free wi-fi per day 😦

The Honeycomb

How to get there:

  • 33°06’02.5″N 83°48’11.4″W
  • Take I-75 exit 61 to Forsyth.
  • Head east for about 8 miles to get to the town of Juliette.

Address:

474 McCrackin St.
Juliette, Ga 31046

Phone:

  • 478-992-9996

Notes:

  • Most stores were closed when we got to Juliette.  But this one was open. The owners were very friendly.

The Whistle Stop Cafe

How to get there:

  • 33°06’23.9″N 83°47’55.9″W
  • Take I-75 exit 61 to Forsyth.
  • Head east for about 8 miles to get to the town of Juliette.

Address:

443 McCrackin St
Juliette, GA 31046

Phone:

  • (478) 992-8886

Website

Hours:

  • Sun – F 11:00 – 16:00
  • Sat 11:00 – 20:00

Road to Tara Museum

How to get there:

  • 33°31’17.2″N 84°21’15.7″W

Exit 228 off I-75, follow the brown signs to the Road to Tara Museum

Address:

104 N. Main Street
Jonesboro, GA 30236

Website

Hours:

  • M -F 8:30 17:30
  • Sa 10:00 – 16:00

Cost:

  • 7USD – Adults
  • 6USD –  Seniors, Kid, Students

World of Coca-Cola

How to get there:

  • 33°45’46.2″N 84°23’33.6″W

by car –

  • Go Southbound via I-75/85.
  • Take exit 249C Williams St.
  • Turn right onto Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd.
  • The Parking garage is on the left at the second traffic light.

Address:

121 Baker Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30313-1807

Phone:

  • (404) 676-5151 or
  • 1-800-676-COKE (2653)

Website

Cost:

  • 15USD – Adult

Hours:

  • Check website for hours

Notes:

  • At the end of all the exhibits, right before you exit, there are soda fountains with 60 different flavors of Coca-Cola products from around the world. You might want make sure you have enough time to sample all the drinks.
  • You also get a free bottle of Coke as you exit.

The MLK Tour*

The Birthplace of MLK:

  • 33°45’18.9″N 84°22’16.1″W

450 Auburn Ave NE
Atlanta, Ga 30312

For more information visit this website.

To go inside the house, you have to be on an official tour. Mark and I just saw the outside of the house. We got there too late for any tour.

Martin Luther King’s Church, Ebenezer:

  • 33°45’19.0″N 84°22’27.0″W

There are two Ebenezer churches, one across the street from the other. One is the historic site where MLK preached. The other is the new church where people come to worship each week.

The Resting Place of MLK

  • 33°45’18.1″N 84°22’23.2″W

This spot is always open.

Notes:

  • There are tours that will take you through all the places mentioned above while giving you historical information.
  • I’m not sure how much these tours cost or the times these tours are available.

*A walking tour made by Mark, Me, and our TomTom.

Map:

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My First Stay at a KOA

Posted by Heliocentrism on July 25, 2010

July 1-2, 2010

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It’s summer in Florida; expect some rain…

Camping in the rain?

We started out on our long trip with a stop in Tallahassee so that Mark could see his old high school friend. They kept in contact through e-mail, phone calls, and Skype. But, they hadn’t seen each other in many years. So when they found out that they were both in Florida, they arranged a meeting in Tallahassee.

Mark and I planned on camping at the KOA in Monticello right outside Tallahassee. But when we got there it was raining the end of the world type of rain for which Floridian summers are known.

Camping in the rain is not so bad. All new tents are water proof. The difficult thing is setting up a tent in the rain. First off, the ground on which you build your tent is not dry. It’s cold and wet. Second, while you set up your tent in monsoon type weather, no matter how hard you try to keep things dry, water will get in. Third, all the stuff you take out of your car to put in your tent will get wet.

When we got to the KOA one of the owners of the campground, or as they say it, “Kampground”, asked us if we would rather a “Kabin” instead. It was only 45USD and completely waterproof with no assembly required. We took it.

Old Grandpa Mark

The “kabin” came with three beds, one a queen sized bed and a set of bunk beds. The beds have no bedding, but we had our sleeping bags and pillows. We just waited for the rain to stop a bit before taking our stuff out the car.

Looking for stuff to do in Tallahassee

Sightseeing in the Capital of Florida

I have been a resident of the state of Florida for about 5 years and this was my first time in Tallahassee, the state’s capital. When Mark’s friend arrived I suggested seeing the sights of Tallahassee.

There isn’t much to see. We drove around downtown Tallahassee, but because of the rain and the overall lack of interesting things to do, we didn’t get out of the car.

You see, most state capitals are placed in very uninteresting cities. There are some exceptions, like Atlanta, Georgia or Columbus, Ohio which are both the biggest cities in their respective states. But for the most part, the capital city of many states are in the boonies.

Robot Sushi Chef

What do Americans Know about Sushi!?

Although we weren’t really hungry we decided to get a bite to eat since there was nothing else to do. We looked up restaurants nearby on our GPS and found a Mr. Roboto.

Maybe I would have enjoyed it if I didn’t know what real sushi tasted like. It was ok, but it was all sushi rolls with very little fish in it. The one I ordered had more cream cheese than salmon.

Don’t get me wrong, not all American sushi places are like this. It’s just that many are. If you want better sushi in this country, you’re going to have to pay more for it. Or you can go to a grocery store. A tray of sushi there costs about 10USD and it’s better than the stuff sold at most low-end restaurants.

Vampires at the car museum

It’s Not Just about Cars

The next day, all three of us went to The Tallahassee Automobile Museum. It was good. There were tons of cars. But I felt that they could have done more to make my car viewing experience a little better.

First off, there were too many cars in the building. They were all wedged into their little parking spots and we could not walk around to look at the cars from different angles. They had many repeats with the same make, model, and year, but in different colors. I would get rid of the repeats and try to spread the cars out a bit more.

The museum was not as interactive as I thought it should have been. I understand that many of the cars are old and they wouldn’t want people to dirty or break anything in the cars. But, they weren’t all old. They should have put a few cars on display that guests could climb into and take pictures.

It seemed to me that while buying items for display, someone forgot that they were buying things for a car museum. Okay, I can see adding motorcycles. I can see getting a replica of Lincoln‘s hearse. I can kinda see having the hundreds of bikes. But what was up with the pianos and the vampire slaying kits?

I was so confused walking around in the second room upstairs. Was I in some old guy’s garage?

Wow! Look at all this non-car related stuff.

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The United States of America

How to get there:

You can enter my country by land, air, or sea. But I think flight would be your transportation method of choice.

I have no clue how to get a visa to the US or who needs one. Just assume that you need one if you are not American or Canadian and check with your local US embassy.

Phone:

  • Use 911 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance
  • Use 411 for information (This might cost money.)

Website:

Downloads:

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • It’s a big country. You’re going to need a car.

KOA
(Tallahasse East)

How to get there:

  • 30°28’36.9″N 83°55’16.6″W

by car –

Take exit 225 off I-10 in Florida.

Address:

Tallahassee East / Monticello KOA
346 KOA Road
Monticello, FL 32344

Phone:

  • (850) 997-3890

Website

e-mail: tallehokoa@aol.com

Cost: 

  • (20~50 USD)

The cost of the cabins, or as KOA calls them, kabins, tents, and lodges vary from campsite to campsite. But, both options are a lot cheaper than most motels.

Hours:

Most KOAs close after 20:00. You can only check-in after 20:00 if you have reservations or can do a self check-in.

Note:

  • This KOA came with a free waffle breakfast, free cookies, and free OJ.
  • Most come with free wi-fi, but not all.
  • The kabins do not come with sheets.
  • Bring your own towels and toiletries. Only toilet paper and hand soap are provided.

The Tallahassee Automobile Museum

How to get there:

  • 30°29’10.1″N 84°09’43.2″W

by car –

  • Take exit 209A of I-10
  • Then take high way 90

Address:

6800 Mahan Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32308

Phone:

  • (850) 942-0137

Website

Cost:

  • 1 Adult $16.00         2+ Adults $13.50
  • Students $10.75
  • Kids 5-8yrs $7.50
  • Kids under 5 $0.00

Hours:

  • M – F 8:00 – 17:00,
  • Sa 10:00 – 17:00,
  • Su 12:00 – 17:00

Notes:

You are not allowed to touch most of the cars.

Map:

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