Callaway Gardens

We went to the Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia for a short trip today. The main event that inspired us to go is their annual Hot Air Balloon Festival. We took Alyssa to a hot air balloon festival back in Iowa once and she often talks about that. Naturally this makes Vivian really curious about the hot air balloons so we decided to give her a chance too.

When we arrived in the afternoon just in time for the birds of prey show. We saw a Red Shouldered Hawk and a Great Horned Owl. The show was very interesting and we enjoyed it a lot.

We found this interesting wingspan chart next to their amphitheater. I'm about as big as a bald eagle and the girls are about as big as a falcon.

After the show Ann took the kids to their butterfly exhibition. I was too tired from the long drive so I took a nap in the car. The girls are very excited to see a butterfly came out of its pupa.

Unfortunately, the main event of the day and the reason why we went there, the hot air balloon launch, was canceled due to the weather. The kids were kind of disappointed but we cheered them up by taking them to the beach next to the launch site. All three of them had a ton of fun with water and sand there. David was so eager to jump into the water after his sisters that I had a very difficult time holding him back.

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