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Zack turned 20 this year. Its hard to believe but he is growing up to be quite a young man! One night we went with the Fradenburg's (Because Dina has always been Zack's "Backup Mom") to Craft Ax Throwing and then to Grill Marks to eat dinner in Columbia to celebrate. Then another night we had a little party for him at our house. Me, Amber, George, Sandra and my Dad (who some how we managed not to get a picture of) were all there. It was a great time hanging out and Zack is a really good sport taking funny pictures for his mom!
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Zack at Craft Ax Throwing

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Me, Amber, Jeff and Ann went to Greenville for MLK weekend this year. We got their early Saturday morning and ate at Nose Dive where they had a grits bar where you could order any kind of grit combination you can think of. Amber and Ann did that but I decided on a Burger for breakfast. After that we walked around to explore the downtown area where we did a scavenger hunt throughout the weekend searching for the "Mice on Main using clues, which started as part of Jim Ryan's high school senior project (back in 2000) and inspired by the children's book Goodnight Moon. We also checked out Reedy Park where there is a waterfall right in the middle of town. That afternoon we stopped by the FIREFORGE BREWERY AND TAP ROOM for a local craft beer and then dinner at Tupelo Honey. The nest day we went on a hike to see Raven Cliff Falls the tallest Waterfall in South Caroline from the viewing platform across the valley and then on our way back to town we stopped by Victoria Valley Vineyards to taste some of the local wine. That night it was dinner at Smokehouse on the Water. On our way home the next day Amber and I went to see two old bridges, Poinsett Bridge, the oldest bridge in South Carolina and possibly in the entire southeastern and was built in 1820 as part of a road from Columbia, South Carolina to Saluda Mountain. The other was Campbell's Covered Bridge, built in 1909 it is the only remaining covered bridge in the State of South Carolina. It was a great time getting to hang out with my sister and her husband Jeff, we are definitely going to have to do it more often!

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Amber and I went to see Zackary because he couldn't come home for Spring Break this year. To make it a little easier we split the trip up. We stopped in Fayetteville, WV the first night. When we were there, we walked around town, stopped by the Southside Junction Tap House for a craft beer and later that night ate at Pies and Pints for dinner. I got a traditional pizza, but they had the best Chicken Gouda pizza which Amber got I would definitely recommend. We got up early the next morning and hiked the endless wall trail before we made the rest of the drive up to Morgantown. It is a beautiful hike that Amber and Zackary have already done but Amber wanted me to see it too. It was gorgeous!! In Morgantown, we met up with Zack and decided to drive to Pittsburg to spend the day. There we went to the Heinz History Museum, went to lunch at Primanti Brothers and took a quick drive through tour of the University of Pittsburgh because Zack is interested in maybe going there for Grad School. Once back in Morgantown, we went out to eat with Zack and friends. We ate at Gibbie's Pub and Eatery. The waitress was fantastic and made sure we all got to sit together even though it was the COVID year.

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Amber and I went camping with Trey and Donna at Unicoi State Park in northeast GA close to the town of Helen. We loved the area! There was a threat of severe thunderstorms for out trip there but the only significant rain we saw was when we stopped for lunch about half way there, what luck. When we got back on the road, the sun came back out and it was smooth sailing the rest of the way. That evening after we got settled into camp, we took a walk on the lake trail before dinner, it was really nice! The next day after breakfast, we went to Anna Ruby Falls. It is a beautiful twin falls in Chattahoochee National Forest. It was a short hike but totally worth going to see. After that we went into the town of Helen to explore and its German style architecture was super cool. The shops were nice and we had the best lunch at Hofbrauhaus Restaurant & Pub (German pretzel, beer cheese and Schnitzel) oh and I had a Erdinger Hefeweizen... it's 5'Oclock somewhere ;-). That night we ate filet at camp and stayed up late watching WVU beat Moorehead in the first round of March Madness… GO 'NEERS!! Our last full day, Amber and I did a six-mile hike to Raven Cliff Falls which was absolutely stunning!!! The entire hike was along a creek with multiple waterfalls and then a grand finale with a big waterfall that fell between two huge granite rocks about 50 feet tall. That afternoon, we went to Habersham Winery and Amber and Donna did a wine tasting while Trey and I hung out and looked through the shop. Dinner for Amber and I that night was at a local pizza place at The Nacoochee Village Tavern & Pizzeria. Another great trip! Until next time…

Anna Ruby and Raven Cliff Falls