When I told Avery that I was going away for the weekend, I expected tears. What I got instead was a momento from my little sweet girl to take on my “venture”. She pondered it for days and finally she settled on a My Little Pony that she dutifully packed in my suitcase mintues before we left for the airport.
So without further ado….I’d like you to meet Olivia… our little companion on our Girls Gone Wild weekend. Somehow I ended up with not the pink pony, or the blue pony, but rather the plain old tan pony with orange hair. But don’t let her looks fool you – she’s a regular party animal.
On the drive to Highlands, we stopped at Bridal Veil Falls for an impromptu photography session, courtesy of Laura…and we ran into some biker dudes. When they saw us taking pictures of the pony they couldn’t help but ask “WTF?”. So we elaborated and rather than laugh at us and little Olivia-they ended up taking her picture too. How funny is it to see men decked out in leather, taking pictures of a boring tan pony on a rock. Pretty effing hiliarious if you ask us.
Olivia did not take part in the Mimosas and Quiche for breakfast. She left that up to us. But she did partake in a wine tasting in Highlands NC. There she met Phillipe – the gorgeous frenchman who was showcasing his wines. We told her she’d need to eat something with all of the wine she drank…so she also took part in some cheese tasting.
We also found a condiment store. NO, NOT CONDOMS (remember – there was only booze and boobs on this trip – no BOYS), condiments…like pretzel dip and pepper jelly. She didn’t really heed the “No Grazing” request as you can see.
After our trip to Highlands – we are lucky Olivia didn’t get us kicked out – we made our way back to Franklin NC. To a wonderful event known as Pickin’ on the Square. Now Olivia INSISTED if we were going to take her to such a event that BEER (specifically Bud Light Lime) MUST be smuggled in. How could we resist the pleas of our smallest companion??? So the poor girl ended up in Shannie’s purse with the bottles of beer. Her dreams come true.
And here she is against the backdrop of the “Town Square”…which turns out to be a “loose” definition.
On the way home Sunday we took part in a typical Southern meal at Dillard House – fried, fried and more fried with a side of fried. Seriously people , I lived in Texas where if you can fry it and put it on a stick, you’ll find it there. Georgia and their cooking puts TX to shame (in a good way). Good thing I was hung over and needed grease to make me happy. (Side note: as a Yankee my stomach is not used to this and I paid dearly for it.)
But a trip to Dillard House wasn’t enough…according to my friends – Olivia and I had to experience The Varsity. TOTALLY WORTH IT. Chili Slaw Dog – who would have thought it possible…and smack in the middle of the GA Tech Campus. GENIUS!!! Olivia did request some Immodium for the ride home. 🙂
But seriously, what would a girls trip be without a stop at Goats on the Roof? Olivia had a blast – like she found kinship with these contained animals. Shannie’s Mister begged me not to post a picture – or to claim it was in North Carolina – as it didn’t bode well for GA to have such a place – with goats ACTUALLY on the roof. If it hadn’t been such a cute country store with a gimmick I would have to agree with him. But we seriously talked ALL.WEEKEND about stopping there. So their niche paid off. Olivia sampled some fudge, fed some goats and looked at Amish furniture. SCORE.
At the true test of Olivia’s stamina came when we got back to Shannie’s and Avery got to play with her. Believe you me…when she found out it was Avery Marie’s pony – it was GAME ON! So she posed with Olivia – while balancing on one foot. Hence the tongue…
And our final meal at the airport…meaning before we returned to reality. Chips, salsa and beer at 11am at Chili’s. YUM.
And last but not least…a note to Shannie and Laura…thanks for the hospitality and the wonderful memories. Olivia will never be the same pony again.