About a month ago I was hired to do a 3rd birthday session for a close friend. Her beautiful daughter was the very first little baby that I had the pleasure of working with when I began my photography journey. However, now she lives in Columbus Georgia instead of here in Central Florida! So, I decided to make a road trip out of it with my mother.
I must admit, I was very excited to go somewhere, just my mom and I. We got up early and headed out. We made many pit stops on the way. We saw a really awesome antique shop, a million fields of who knows what, and a few restrooms along the way. When we arrived we stopped by the location of the session to scout it out a little bit, and then headed to our hotel. I must admit I was unaware of some of the taxes and fees that Georgia charges when you stay somewhere overnight. It hurt my wallet haha! After checking in we decided to go downtown for dinner and to do some sight seeing.
The first thing we saw was the beautiful Columbus River Walk. We explored some of the old buildings and watched as some very adventurous kayakers faced the rapids head on. It was a very beautiful place and the weather was perfect, a little warm but nice and breezy! We then went to dinner at a new place called “11th & Bay”. This restaurant is fairly new and features a full bar, interesting food, and amazing flavors. We had homemade biscuits with jam made locally. This alone was probably one of the best things I have ever had. That jam was absolutely to die for! We then each had the same salad, full of bacon, corn, a sweet tea vinaigrette, and more. It really was so amazing and so yummy! We also visited Freeze Frame Frozen Yogurt for some dessert and walked around the town. I must admit, it was a Saturday night in Downtown Columbus… mom and I weren’t ready or dressed to join all of the classy people going out for dinner.
The next day, we got up early and went to Flat Rock Creek Park for our session. The park is beautiful, it is a public park not a state park so there are some things that could be worked on but it really is a beautiful park. There is a frisbee golf course for people to use, outdoor grills, and a nice creek that runs through the middle of the park to a lake. The session was so much fun and that little family is adorable!
Now, it was on to some more sight seeing for me and mom. We got in the car and headed North! We drove up to Pine Mountain and visited the Callaway Gardens Country Store and had lunch at The Country Kitchen. This restaurant is part of the store and overlooks the views from the top of the mountain! The view is breathtaking and the food was perfect! I mean, we did have wedge salads but hey, they were amazing wedge salads! We then traveled up and down the mountain, through the woods, and visited one of Theodore Roosevelt’s favorite views from the mountain. The cottages on the mountain are really nice too! We have stayed there as a family before every few years during the Christmas holidays. The only thing about them is that you must make a reservation to stay in them and that has to be made at the beginning of the year in order to make sure that your cottage is held for you!
This trip was special. I had a wonderful time, traveling over many miles with my mom. I loved every minute of it, no matter how many times she had to look out the passenger window to keep from speaking about my crazy driving! I will cherish those moments forever!