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A Very Special Place — The Shelter

As you approach the Blood Mountain Shelter, you immediately know it's a special place. I would imagine that it is one of the oldest shelters on the Appalachian Trail. Many of the original ones have been replaced by now. The shelter at the top was built in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps for the [...]

Conquering Blood Mountain!

If you live in Georgia, more than likely you have heard of Blood Mountain. I remember years ago a friend, who was a youth director at her church talking about it and how she took a group of teens to the top. She was young herself, but it almost "got the best of her." The [...]

Why I hike . . . because I can’t stop!

On top of Yonah Mountain in Georgia. Before I was diagnosed with cancer, I had this really crazy dream where I was running—not running away from something but running toward something—fast. I wasn't just running; I was competing. I was an elite athlete—strong, sure footed, and brave. Then came my cancer diagnosis and operation. I [...]

A Promise Kept

Click on images to enlarge A few weeks ago, I got us caught in a horrendous thunderstorm complete with thunder, lightening, and hail. I had never been as wet as I was that day! And the hail hurt!! We were out in the middle of a forest with no place to shelter. My [...]

Love the Views at Wesser Bald

There's a 30 foot fire tower or lookout tower on the top of Wesser Bald, and we want to visit it again. We took a dirt road through the beautiful Telico Valley to Telico Gap. (See directions at the end.) The road to get there is a little rough, especially the last mile, but any [...]

Warwoman Dell to Martin Creek Falls!

Rumor has it that North Carolina is open! But I am so glad that I have had this time to hike some pretty amazing trails right here in northeast Georgia! The trail to Martin Creek Falls is one of then. It begins at Warwoman Dell just off of Warwoman Road in nearby Rabun County. It's [...]

Staying in Place along the Tugaloo River

Spring greens were everywhere a couple of weeks ago along the Tugaloo River. In our attempt to get outside but also social distance, we stayed close to home. This is a little hidden hike of about three miles round trip. We made it longer by crossing a river and then walking out through a wetland [...]

There’s a way to get out for a Short Hike!

We started our hike to Panther Falls and Angel Falls in a little bit of a fern glade. This is a two-mile trail that's really a nice short hike with a few ups but mostly one that is full of really beautiful views. The trail begins near historic Lakemont and nearby Lake Rabun Beach Campground [...]

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