With much excitement, my good friend, Melanie and I began to plan our trip to Atlanta to go to the Photo 101 Workshop with Zack Arias. To even have the opportunity to meet Zack at his workshop for three days… let alone sharing it with Melanie was a once in a lifetime opportunity! Why not… we thought… celebrate and insert a trip to Savannah as a prelude to the event? It had been a couple of years since we had last seen each other and neither of us had been there before and it would be a fantastic place to warm up our photography skills. Yeah, our husbands barely bought that last part either, but we pulled it off! We were free! Nearly 6 months in the making… the day had finally arrived.
The plan: I would pick Melanie up at the Atlanta airport and head SOUTH for the next 36 hours. Melanie found a wonderful little bed and breakfast, The Gastonian Inn not far from historic River Street. We pulled up to the hotel after dark. Hungry, but fueled by our excitement for the week, we carried our “modest” luggage up those long steps. (you’d be amazed what we stuffed in four suitcases and a couple of camera bags.)
We hurriedly checked in and headed for the much lauded restaurant, Paula Deen’s The Lady and Son’s, which certainly lived up to its reputation of good food mixed with southern hospitality. Melanie and I lost no time catching up and talked as easily as if no time had past at all –as good friends do. We retired early knowing we would squeeze every bit out of the next day before heading north to Atlanta to Zack’s Workshop.