It has been nearly a month since my last post. It has taken me that long to get our trip pictures uploaded. We’ve even been on another trip, a weekend getaway to Chicago, since then. Oh well, I do have an excuse… way too many hours at work. The new semester starts in a couple weeks, and I’m putting in a lot of extra hours trying to get everything ready.
Anyway, back to the trip. In July we headed to Georgia for the annual Dingler Family Reunion. Kristin is a descendant of Johannes Dingler, who came here as a Hessian soldier, and wound up fighting with the colonial army. The reunion was held in Madison, Georgia, near the site of the family farm.
On the way down there we stopped for a night in Chattanooga, a charming city in a very scenic location. We didn’t have a lot of time there, but we did make it to the Tennessee Aquarium (awesome seahorse exhibit!) and walked across the Tennessee River on the Walnut Street Bridge, the world’s longest pedestrian bridge (nearly half a mile long!).
After Chattanooga, we drove to Madison. It was pretty slow going around Atlanta, but we eventually made it to Madison. The reunion itself was very well-attended, and people (most of them many decades older than us) seemed quite excited to see young folks who were there and interested. Madison itself was a very picturesque town. The town avoided being burned by Sherman on his march to the sea, so the downtown area is quite well-preserved. A lot of neat shops, and some excellent restaurants made for a great weekend.
On the way back home, we stopped in Atlanta for a visit to Centennial Park, the CNN Studio tour, World of Coca-Cola, and a bite to eat in the Atlanta Underground. We were even interviewed by AP about the situation in Iraq.
p Our last night on the road was in Nashville where we stayed at a great B&B, the Timothy Demonbreun House. The house is beautiful, and Richard Demonbreun, a practicing lawyer as well as innkeeper, is a fantastic host. We can’t wait to go back and spend some more time there.
Anyway, go check out the pictures in our Dingler Family Reunion 2003 gallery at
Pbase Fotki Flickr.