Oct 26, 2020
Due to the COVID pandemic, we all have been quarantined in our houses and forgot about "travel" in our dictionary. After 10 months, I have traveled safely, following all the rules, to Atlanta to meet my brother and relatives. It was so refreshing and exciting to spend quality time exploring Atlanta and around seeing beautiful fall colors everywhere with family members. On day one, I visited one of the largest aquariums in the world, the Georgia Aquarium. It took around three to four hours to visit the entire aquarium. It is home to hundreds of species and thousands of animals across its seven major galleries, all of which reside in more than 10 million U.S. gallons of fresh water and saltwater. The aquarium is one of only four sites in the world displaying a mantra ray. The aquarium has been home to as many as five 11-foot (3 m) beluga whales at once. The Dolphin Coast, a 1.8-million-U.S.-gallons (6,800,000 L) gallery, is the aquarium's second-largest exhibit and houses the indoor dolphin stadium. The Truist Pier 225 gallery holds California sea lions. Among its six animals, sea lions named Jupiter and Neptune were rescued in the 2015 mass sea lion stranding in California. This exhibit also offers scheduled presentations about the species. The Aquanaut Adventure: A Discovery Zone contains several smaller exhibits and multiple hands-on activities, including an augmented reality scavenger hunt using the aquarium's mobile app. The aquarium also features a 4D movie theater sponsored by KIA and a virtual reality simulator that takes guests on a trip through prehistoric seas. The Sharks! Predators of the Deep is the newest gallery to be added to the Georgia Aquarium. It opened on October 23, 2020, and it has a new 20 feet deep tank that has great hammerhead sharks, sand tiger sharks, tiger sharks, silvertip sharks, silky sharks, zebra sharks, and round ribbontail rays. It features a dive cage, where visitors can be submerged in the tank. It has a wading pool where visitors can walk with rays and zebra sharks. On day two, we had great food, watched movies and flew a drone. We ended the trip by visiting the Amicalola Falls to see fall colors. Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge is an 829-acre state park located between Ellijay and Dahlonega in Dawsonville, Georgia. It has four trails within it, including the trail leading up to the top of the waterfall. Amicalola Falls State Park also offers many hiking trails, a guest lodge, restaurant, cabins, a shelter for long-distance Appalachian Trail hikers, a campground, and access to the eco-friendly Len Foote Hike Inn. It was a great fun trip after a very long time.
2020 - Fall - Issue 7