These two were doing their thing in the woods just off a path in Arabia Quarry today. I think perhaps black racer snakes from the narrowness and greenish-hue. Beautiful creatures.
Beautiful 70 degree January day in Georgia. Great opportunity to get out. This is a lovely 5.5 mile hike around Red Top Mountain looking down at Allatoona Lake and the Etowah River. Highly enjoyable, though we weren’t the only ones with the idea so the trail (and the car park) were rather crowded.
If your imagination is good enough, you could almost talk yourself into believing this rocky shoreline was the wonderful Maine coast and not north Georgia. Of course this was also a lot closer.
Given how annoying Atlanta traffic can be, I’m very happy to live close-in. But one thing I am very envious of when it comes to the outer suburbs is Gwinnett County’s excellent network of parks and green space. Little Mulberry is a good example, a beautiful little lake surrounded by a paved trail with plenty of dirt offshoots running in every directions. We caught it a bit too late for Fall leaves, which were likely spectacular only a few days or weeks ago, but was a nice, relaxing few miles on a Fall Sunday.
This park is one of the best kept secrets in greater Atlanta, a post-apocalyptic feeling wilderness filled with beauty and desolation and wonder. Just don’t go in the summer: The heat radiating off of the rock creates the conditions that give Arabia its name. On a 60 degree day in November, it is heavenly.
Only open to the public at certain points in the year, because the falls sit inside private property just outside the (very charming college) town Dahlonega, Ga.. The hike is nonexistent, just a few steps from the parking lot, but the falls are majestic and worth seeing if in the area.
Through most of the summer the falls are part of a summer camp. Imagine the fun the kids have swimming and playing around there.
One of the better climbs in the southeast.
Located northeast of Asheville in the Pisgah National Forest, Rattlesnake Lodge was a summer home built beginning in 1904 and destroyed by fire in 1926. What a home it must have been, situated on a ridge overlooking what is now the Blue Ridge Parkway and complete with its own tennis court and outdoor pool.
We hiked from Ox Creek Road, just outside of the Blue Ridge Parkway, along a tiny part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail which stretches the width of North Carolina.
The swimming pool.