Now for something a little different. On Valentine's Day Ed and I attended the Romantic Tour of the North Oconee Water Reclamation Facility (NOT Water Treatment Plant). This is a highly prestigious opportunity. I tried to register for it last year but it was full. It is in big demand. It fills up fast. This year I jumped on it and got us in. And what a lovely romantic Valentine's Day it was! Our small group of couples began the tour by viewing videos on how sexy it is to save water. Very convincing. We then were introduced to some water saving tips and graphic specimens of what does and doesn't go down the toilet. Next we headed outside to experience the efficiency of using hilly terrain to move water via gravity. Quite a trudge. Our first stop was a view of the controls. Next we observed the lime silo. Up the stairs then to see the pipes and then over to the centrifuge. We stopped to have our photos made in front of the bacterial vats. This is where oxygen is pumped into vats of water to promote the growth of bacteria that eat bad things. The oxygen is so dense here, we were told, that if you fell in you would not float. You would immediately sink. So don't fall in. Finally we stopped at the waterfall where the oxygen is released. A lovely spread of snacks awaited us here including chocolate cupcakes shaped like, well use your imagination. As we munched we chatted with our fellow romantic couples. A newly wed asked me how long Ed and I had been married (42 years!). More romantic photos and the ladies were sent home with flowers. It was a wonderfully informative (and romantic) event. If you see the public notice next year sign yourself and your significant other up. This facility is impressive and the staff knowledgeable. They went all out to make the experience amusing as well as informative. And what did it smell like? Perfume. Seriously. Since it was such a sunny day I naturally took photos, some documentary and others creative. You can see my favorites on my homepage slideshow. Click on the images for more details.