Atlanta-Day 1

The morning arrived a bit earlier for us. After breakfast, we loaded the bus and headed to Atlanta, a sprawling city located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Since we’ve had a few busy days, the 5 hour ride was welcoming. Of course, our wonderful leaders, Ed and Linda, had jokes, games and stories up their sleeves to help pass the time. After our lunch stop, we enjoyed some more time in the air conditioning inside the motor coach…touring around the city with Derek! It was close to 90* today and very sunny!

We started in Grant Park, the highest point in the Atlanta area, where we viewed the work of street muralists and impressive Craftsman and Victorian style homes. We also saw the wooded ravine in which the Battle of Atlanta began. Seeing the thickly wooded area helped us visualize the clash of Union and Confederate soldiers.

We also had a chance to wander through the Oakland Cemetery to pay respects to a few well known people such as Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind, and very grateful for a motor coach to cool down in again!

At Margaret Mitchell’s gravesite
Sharon and Gloria at the memorial grounds of Confederate soldiers
The Candler mansion…belonging to the first owner of the CocaCola company

Martin Luther King was born, lived and buried in Atlanta, just down the street from Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. King and his father were preachers.

Birthplace of Dr. King
Memorial walk and gravesite of Dr. and Coretta King
Betty and Kory
Ebenezer Baptist Church

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