Cleveland, Georgia (high 81, low 64)
The weather has been very nice here in the Georgia mountains. It’s not exactly cool with the highs between 80 and 84 every day, but the humidity is much lower than Florida and it’s pleasant enough that you can enjoy outdoor activities. It gets wonderfully cool at night. In fact, we’ve had to break out the sweats for a few hours in the mornings.
Yesterday was a day for some exploring. We ended back in Blairsville looking at an Rv lot. The drive was gorgeous, as usual.
The scenery was beautiful.
There are many, many beautiful vineyards. This one was on the top of a hill and really caught my eye. I think we’ll have to spend some time exploring the vineyards, if not to drink wine, but just for their beauty.
We ended up at Amicalola Falls State Park. We had been there years ago and the main thing we remembered was that they have a very steep hill going into their campground. It was a 25% grade. Oh, no….not for me!
They have a “Hike-In Lodge.” The only way to get to the lodge is to hike. It appears to be very popular.
There is another lodge that can be reached by vehicle. We went inside hoping to see the waterfall. Unfortunately, it wasn’t visible from the lodge.
It was a nice view though.
The Robin had the best view.
The falls are visible from the top, but you don’t get a very good view of them.
Spectacular scenery and hiking trails make this one of Georgia’s most popular state parks. At 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast.
Visitors have choices on how to best view the tumbling waters, ranging from an accessible pathway to a challenging trail with staircases. Those who tackle the latter can join the park’s Canyon Climbers Club. An 8.5-mile trail leads from the park to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the famous 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail. Numerous other trails provide shorter day hikes.
We didn’t have time to do any serious hiking yesterday,but we did walk around a little and this most wonderfully fragrant plant was blooming. I sure wish I knew what it was because it was so nice.
We ended up in Blairsville, and looked at another Rv lot. More about that later.
Less than 3 miles from the Rv lot we looked at is Vogel State Park. It’s another of Georgia's jewels. We had also been there before and I was impressed that there was a lake up in the mountains. Hey, I’m a Florida girl. It doesn’t take much to impress me!
By the time we got to Vogel, it was getting later in the day, so we didn’t have too much time. We had a 16 mile over the mountain and we didn’t want to drive it at dark, or in the rain.
The highway back home, is Hwy 129, which goes over Blood Mountain. It’s a very popular area for crazy motorcyclists and bicyclists, with a lot of very twisty and windy curves.
The guys on the “crotch rockets” love this road. When they are zooming around a curve, they lay the motorcycle down so low into the turn, that their knees are literally inches from the pavement. Yesterday, one guy have had on some sort of metal knee pads and when his knee hit the pavement, sparks flew! It was kind of interesting to watch, but man, how dangerous is that?
No pictures…sorry, it happened too fast.
Our trip to Blairsville was to look at another Rv lot for sale.
This one has a huge 35x80 concrete slab. A coach house (or cabin), a raised deck with table, chairs and umbrella included.
That’s a 45 foot motor home in there, so you can see the site is plenty big.
The coach house (cabin) has a washer and dryer, refrigerator, hot water heater, sofa, and shelving for storage and a place to hang extra clothes.
The deck comes with a table and chairs and huge umbrella.
It’s a wonderful lot in an area that offers a lot to do. It might be a nice place to spend a few months in the fall.
It rained pretty hard half the night. I sucked it up and didn’t get too worried. Of course, just in case I set the SAME code on the weather radio for our area and kept checking the radar for any signs of severe weather. Other than heavy rain and lightning and thunder, we didn’t get much.
Rain is predicted today and tomorrow, so we may not get to do much exploring. There is so much to do around here, that we hate to miss a day due to the rain.
We could use a day of rest though. We’ve been going strong for 2 weeks and are both tired. Today might be a good day for a movie and a nap!
The final picture is of Al trying to get a “the end” picture for Judy. It was of a big bulldog. He worked so hard and when he finally got one, I took one look at it and decided it was too gross to post!