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A couple of fun days in Atlanta w/family & friends

My parents enjoyed meeting Jonathan and Evan while catching up with Lee and Matt; Krog Street Market is a modern take on the food court with lots of upscale, diverse eateries

My parents enjoyed meeting Jonathan and Evan while catching up with Lee and Matt; Krog Street Market is a modern take on the food court with lots of upscale, diverse eateries

Lee joined us at the BBT Atlanta Open tennis tournament; we had a gorgeous day but we were less than impressed with the caliber of play and organization of the tournament

Lee joined us at the BBT Atlanta Open tennis tournament; we had a gorgeous day but we were less than impressed with the caliber of play and organization of the tournament

Tallulah Gorge State Park (GA) lies near where the borders of NC, SC and GA come together; the major attractions of the gorge are the six waterfalls known as the Tallulah Falls, which cause the Tallulah River to drop 500 feet over one mile

Tallulah Gorge State Park (GA) lies near where the borders of NC, SC and GA come together; the major attractions of the gorge are the six waterfalls known as the Tallulah Falls, which cause the Tallulah River to drop 500 feet over one mile

Tallulah Gorge State Park was very well-maintained with a modern information center and admission was only a $5 parking fee; there are campgrounds and several hiking trails making the park an excellent weekend trip from Atlanta

Tallulah Gorge State Park was very well-maintained with a modern information center and admission was only a $5 parking fee; there are campgrounds and several hiking trails making the park an excellent weekend trip from Atlanta

Hurricane Falls at the base of the gorge requires walking down 500  steps (and then going back up 500  steps!); the 1971 movie Deliverance was filmed in Tallulah Gorge

Hurricane Falls at the base of the gorge requires walking down 500+ steps (and then going back up 500+ steps!); the 1971 movie Deliverance was filmed in Tallulah Gorge

Tempesta Falls at Tallulah Gorge State Park; large releases of water from the nearby dam are typically scheduled for kayaking and whitewater rafting on the first two weekends of April and the first three weekends of November

Tempesta Falls at Tallulah Gorge State Park; large releases of water from the nearby dam are typically scheduled for kayaking and whitewater rafting on the first two weekends of April and the first three weekends of November

We lucked out with perfect weather to attend the BBT Atlanta Open; traffic throughout the city and the high cost of everything convinced my parents that Atlanta is a city for the young and affluent

We lucked out with perfect weather to attend the BBT Atlanta Open; traffic throughout the city and the high cost of everything convinced my parents that Atlanta is a city for the young and affluent

The BBT Atlanta Open is played at Atlantic Station in midtown with easy parking but only 2 courts; we enjoyed the doubles more than the singles but seating was very limited on the grandstand court

The BBT Atlanta Open is played at Atlantic Station in midtown with easy parking but only 2 courts; we enjoyed the doubles more than the singles but seating was very limited on the grandstand court

I was really impressed by the temporary art exhibition at the CDC Museum; the artists used ingenuous interpretations to bring science and art together

I was really impressed by the temporary art exhibition at the CDC Museum; the artists used ingenuous interpretations to bring science and art together

AIDS was first recognized by the CDC in 1981 and today there are roughly 40 million people worldwide infected; as of 2016 about 675,000 people have died of HIV/AIDS in the US since the beginning of the HIV epidemic

AIDS was first recognized by the CDC in 1981 and today there are roughly 40 million people worldwide infected; as of 2016 about 675,000 people have died of HIV/AIDS in the US since the beginning of the HIV epidemic

It sure looks like living in the Southeast is not healthy; we need to exercise more, eat healthier, possess fewer guns and become better educated

It sure looks like living in the Southeast is not healthy; we need to exercise more, eat healthier, possess fewer guns and become better educated

One artist created lace doilies in the shape of different viruses (this doily is HIV); the CDC Museum’s mission is to educate visitors about the value of prevention–based public health, while presenting CDC’s rich heritage and vast accomplishments

One artist created lace doilies in the shape of different viruses (this doily is HIV); the CDC Museum’s mission is to educate visitors about the value of prevention–based public health, while presenting CDC’s rich heritage and vast accomplishments

My parents remembered the polio epidemic of the late 1940s and early 1950s where an average of 35,000 people per year were crippled; the last US case of polio was in 1979 thanks to vaccinations

My parents remembered the polio epidemic of the late 1940s and early 1950s where an average of 35,000 people per year were crippled; the last US case of polio was in 1979 thanks to vaccinations

The CDC Museum was free but required going through a challenging gauntlet of security procedures; the CDC selected Atlanta as its home initially because the south was the region with the largest number of malaria cases

The CDC Museum was free but required going through a challenging gauntlet of security procedures; the CDC selected Atlanta as its home initially because the south was the region with the largest number of malaria cases

This transmission electron microscope was purchased in 1985 to study the HIV virus; over the next 20 years, scientists used it to study emerging pathogens such as hantavirus, SARS and Nipah virus

This transmission electron microscope was purchased in 1985 to study the HIV virus; over the next 20 years, scientists used it to study emerging pathogens such as hantavirus, SARS and Nipah virus

This temporary art exhibition runs through the end of August; the museum is only open Monday through Friday

This temporary art exhibition runs through the end of August; the museum is only open Monday through Friday

For 15 years, the CDC ran the Tuskegee syphilis experiment which lasted from 1932 to 1972; African American men (nearly 400 of whom had syphilis) were studied but the disease was left untreated and they never gave their consent to be research subjects

For 15 years, the CDC ran the Tuskegee syphilis experiment which lasted from 1932 to 1972; African American men (nearly 400 of whom had syphilis) were studied but the disease was left untreated and they never gave their consent to be research subjects

Thanks to the success of vaccination, the last natural outbreak of smallpox in the US occurred in 1949; in 1980, the World Health Assembly declared smallpox eradicated, and no cases of naturally occurring smallpox have happened since

Thanks to the success of vaccination, the last natural outbreak of smallpox in the US occurred in 1949; in 1980, the World Health Assembly declared smallpox eradicated, and no cases of naturally occurring smallpox have happened since

It's easy to see the impact of the CDC as Americans now live longer and are less likely to die of infectious diseases; the NRA has actively fought the CDC in its efforts to study gun violence

It's easy to see the impact of the CDC as Americans now live longer and are less likely to die of infectious diseases; the NRA has actively fought the CDC in its efforts to study gun violence

After dinner, our group went to a nearby ice cream shop on the Atlanta Beltline; tons of young people were enjoying the nice evening and patronizing the upscale restaurants, bars and shops

After dinner, our group went to a nearby ice cream shop on the Atlanta Beltline; tons of young people were enjoying the nice evening and patronizing the upscale restaurants, bars and shops

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