Dress: thrift store
Shoes: No. 6
Sunglasses: Karen Walker
Lately we’ve been finding out about some great places around here that should keep us happy in Atlanta for now. The new Steven Alan store over on the Westside (talked about it before, but I just went there again this weekend and was reminded why it’s my favorite store in town), Burnt Fork Barbeque in Decatur (amazing vegan tofu barbeque), and Revolution Donuts (some of the best donuts I’ve ever had, and most of them just happen to be vegan).
I’m adding the Historic Fourth Ward Park to our list. We first went there years ago while it was being built, but I hadn’t seen it completed until just this last weekend. It’s beautiful. It’s right off the Beltline (abandoned train tracks turned into a citywide biking/running trail) and kind of hidden behind busy streets. My favorite thing about it is that it looks onto the old 1920s Sears building, which is being converted into the Ponce City Market. Honestly I’m so relieved that the building got saved that I wouldn’t care what it got turned into, so all the shops and restaurants will just be a nice added bonus. Also supposedly there’s going to be an amusement park on the roof?!
Last weekend we drove up to the north Georgia mountains to go on a hike and to get out of the city for a day. We were probably inspired mainly by our friend Lightfoot (not his real name, but better), who had the good sense to leave Atlanta for Portland. Ever since he moved his Instagram feed has been full of epic waterfall shots and wildflower-covered Oregon mountains, and sometimes we feel like packing it all up and moving out west too.
The hiking out there is amazing—at least it is in California, where we did a lot of hiking on our honeymoon. But it’s really good here too. I love hiking the somewhat close Kennesaw Mountain, but there’s something special about hiking further up north, where it’s less crowded and a little bit cooler. It took us around an hour and a half to get to Panther Creek, but once we were on the trail we felt like we were in another state. We went by quite a few waterfalls (not quite Multnomah, but still beautiful), on sandy paths through wildflowers, and around and down rocky ledges. To the falls and back it was a 7 mile hike, and I thought it would be much, much easier than it turned out to be. By the time we hiked back to the car I was exhausted. And for the next 2 days just about every muscle in my legs hurt.