Ok, when I last left you we all were sleeping in the hotel room and I forgot to make mention of this little jewel on our wall:
Hello Mr. CEO of Hampton Inn, you will be getting a memo about this soon. Thank you.
Praise the Lord the time on the clock when we all began stirring was somewhere around 8:00am. I actually heard Lego-Man up at his usual time (6am) but he went back to sleep.
After enjoying our “On the House Hot Breakfast” we were off, headed to the World of Coca-Cola. Since we are a Coca-Cola family and all about heritage here, we thought it would be good for the kids to know where their favorite beverage came from. You know, history.
We enjoyed looking at all kinds of Coke memorabilia:
We also enjoyed a 4-D movie. They called it 4-D because the chairs we sat in actually moved.
One of my favorite displays was this one:
It is dedicated to the disastrous decision by some idiot who thought it would be a great idea back in 1985 to change the formula of Coca-Cola. Anyone else remember life before Coke was labeled Coca-Cola Classic? Or anyone remember the terrible taste of New Coke? I most certainly do.
Next stop….the tasting room! 64 Coca-Cola products from all over the world for us to sample. The GRITS family was up for the challenge, but I think the only one who tried them all was the hubby. Some of them, the name didn’t even sound enticing…. “Lemon Bitters”. Another interesting find, a drink from Israel was in the Africa station. *shrug*
Before leaving we all got a souvenir bottle of Coke. Because we all know there is nothing better than cold Coca-cola from a bottle!
We ended our trip with the traditional stop by the world’s longest drive-in, The Varsity. Nothing better for the ride home than a Frosted Orange drink….. similar to an Orange Julius for those of you who remember those.
In Birmingham, we had to pick up the hubby’s car at his part-time job. So the kids got to take a closer look at Dad’s work ride:
We certainly couldn’t exclude “Anna Grace” from the fun. After all she was the reason we took this whirlwind trip!
Sure we could have ordered her from a catalog, but what fun would that have been. Then I wouldn’t have had anything to blog about.