Greetings from: Amicalola Falls

June 15, 2018


A couple of weeks ago I joined my family on a marathon road trip (twelve states in seven days) to Georgia. This was the first trip in years that my whole family has been able to make, since we currently live all over the country. It was honestly exactly what I needed to reconnect with not only my family but myself in a way. This trip definitely reminded me of all of the road trips we took as a family when we were younger and how much I took that quality time for granted.


One thing that I did not anticipate was a week long tropical storm hanging out with us basically the entire time we were on our trip. It did make the summer temperatures in Georgia more than bearable, which is probably a first for me. The first half of our trip was spent visiting with family in the southern part of the state and then we drove up to Dawsonville to stay for a few days.


The cabin that we were in was so perfect and the few days we stayed there wasn't nearly enough. Even with the constant storms, staying at Amicalola Falls State Park felt like we were living in a postcard. 

 

Luck was definitely on our side, because the second day we were at the park the sun showed up! We didn't get any rain until the late afternoon and we took full advantage of the beautiful weather. 

We decided to tackle the path accurately labeled "The Stairs." These are the 604 steps that ascend near the steepest part of the waterfall. I had never hiked anything like it. The entire path is essentially made up of some form of stairs and you don't realize the impact until the end (when everyone's knees are begging for a break.) 



One of the most incredible parts of Amicalola Falls was its surroundings. At any given moment you could look up and see the unending mountains creating beautiful blue shadows that fell just beyond the outer edge of the vibrant Chattahoochee National Forest. At 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the tallest perennial waterfall east of the Mississippi. It is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia and the park's name comes from the Cherokee word for "tumbling waters."




This trip definitely took some unexpected turns, but all in all Georgia managed to capture our hearts once more. On the long drive back to Texas, we couldn't stop talking about when we would take our next trip to the Peach State.

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