Given that we are now averaging a hard rainfall each week (a stay-inside-all-day-and-batten-the-hatches rainfall), we still covered some ground and the sun still came out to play. But this Georgia spring might just be the winter we avoided in the Keys.
Our theme was wetness: moss and fungus and waterfalls. And roots: family, close and distant relatives, friends I’ve lost, and grounds I’ve stomped.
We’ve called it “Make-do March“ for reasons somewhere along the lines of Lent, financial responsibility, and our increasing sensitivity to the Earth. Also, some of us like “making do” more than others.
Otherwise the continued joys of the trip: slow hikes, new nature discoveries, bodies of water (our sites were either beside a stream or on a peninsula), car woes, meeting up with friends from other seasons in our lives, sourdough bread, and a lot of fun in a little space with a ginormous backyard.
“Here we go out of the sleep of mild people, into the wild rippling water.” – Deliverance
- We stayed: Top of Georgia Airstream Park (Helen) and River Forks Park (Gainesville)
- We explored: Unicoi State Park (Anna Ruby Falls), Lake Rabun and Minnehaha Falls, Tallulah Falls and Tallulah Gorge, Black Mountain State Park, Amicalola Falls, Sharp Top Cove, the Appalachian Trail, the townes of Clayton, Ellijay, and Blue Ridge, and in Gainesville, Lake Lanier, the bamboo forest at Brenau University, and Elachee Nature Center and Trails
- We hiked: Anna Ruby Falls, Minnehaha Falls, Tallulah Gorge, Amicalola Falls, and Elachee Trails
- We ate: Fortify Pi (Clayton), Jeff’s Hot Dogs (Blue Ridge), Catrina’s Mexican (Gainesville), Collegiate Grill (Gainesville)
- We drank: Tantrum Brewing (Cleveland), Grumpy Old Men Brewing (Blue Ridge), Left Nut Brewing Company (Gainesville)
- We browsed books, gifts, and outdoor gear: Wander North Georgia
- We were enchanted by the story behind: Foxfire
- We read: Deliverance by James Dickey, and Travels with Foxfire