Thursday, June 26, 2014

So, We Spent a Day in Atlanta....

The beginning of June brought us back to Colorado, my new other-second-home-away-from-home.  Mr. Deep lived there for many years before returning prodigal son-like to the South, so he has a lot of friends out there (and now I do, too!). You can read about last year's trip here, which started in Albuquerque, NM.  We were quite excited to get out to that beautiful state and visit friends, see a couple of them get married (Congratulation Shannon and Alex!!!), enjoy beer, and SHOP FOR YARN! Okay, that last one may have been just me.

But first, a word about our travel out there.  I really am sad I didn't take pics of this side trip for the blog, but I hope my Pultizer-worthy narrative will suffice....

Do to the ridiculous cost of flying these days, we decided to Megabus it from Columbia, SC to Atlanta, GA and fly from there.  If you are new to Megabus, know that we only spent ONE DOLLAR each way per person for a 5-hour trip.  It was a comfortable ride all things considered, and much more pleasant than the plane ride (I will not be flying Frontier again anytime soon).  The downside is that it left Columbia at 3am.  That was a little gnarly, I admit. However, we got to Atlanta at 8am and, though some weird travel alchemy that happens in such situations, we had tons of energy, and since our flight didn't take off for 10 hours, we had all day to play in the city.

We wandered around pretty aimlessly for about an hour, finding a great cup of coffee on a tree-lined street and having an impromptu picnic in Centennial Olympic Park. We couldn't find exactly what we wanted for breakfast, and we had all of our snacks we bout for the bus ride, so it was a pleasant, cheap alternative to a restaurant. Then we headed off to Little Five Points which, if you've never been, is a fantastic enclave of artsy Bohemia populated by those who would probably hate to be called artsy or Bohemian. There we explored a coffee house, a couple of pubs (practice for Colorado, you know) and a lovely Indian restaurant called Planet Bombay featuring a craveable tandoori chicken and very entertaining Bollywood videos.

Our favorite pub was The Porter Beer Pub, where we experienced amazing service and were introduced to Orpheus, a brewery new in the Atlanta area.  My favorite was a Double IPA called "transmigration of Souls". Beautiful.

After we were well fed and beered, it was time to get on MARTA and head to the airport. And away we went!


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