These two (Cocoa Joy and Chip) had to go for their Sunday afternoon walk alone—meaning without Michael and Raphael. Last week we had tons of fun with Mary Erna and her dogs. But this week, we headed out on our own and ended up at Anna Ruby Falls. This is a really cool short hike that we did earlier in the spring. It’s close so we can do it easily on a Sunday afternoon. These are two really good Dog School 101 dogs. Sit, stay, and watch—well sort of. Chipley is watching another dog as it goes down the pathway.


Anna Ruby Falls is really spectacular. It lies in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest and is about an hour and a half north of Atlanta. The quiet coolness of the area is broken only by the thundering rush of water flowing over the rugged cliff face. The Falls marks the junction of Curtis and York Creeks. Both creeks begin on Tray Mountain and are fed by underground springs, rain, and snow. Curtis Creek drops 153 feet and York Creek 50 feet to form the twin waterfalls known as Anna Ruby Falls. From the falls, Smith Creek tumbles downhill to Unicoi Lake and then to the Chattahoochee River. It’s journey continues south, eventually joining the Appalachicola River in Florida and ending its 550-mile journey in the Gulf of Mexico.