Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Have boots. Will travel.

Warren treated me to the best anniversary gift this year.

Cute Husband gave me Georgia!

We shacked up with the most fab Mom in the South, her cute husband and their creation (and my new best buddy) in Atlanta for a few days of Hotlanta sights.

And, if too much fun with Avery Lane was not enough to keep me floating, Warren also hooked us up for our first AT hike in the great state of Georgia.

We were unsure of what to expect from the trail, terrain and boiling weather in GA, so we (ok, Warren) planned a short 9 mile day hike.

Our plan was to drop our rental car at the Springer Mountain Parking Lot and find a ride to our hike start and travel backwards to the very beginning of the Appalachian Trail.

We found that ride through the AT Shuttle List. Leigh and her husband thru-hiked in 2000 and now run a hostel for hikers and mountain bikers.

It was perfect hiking weather and the trail was breathtaking. Ravines full of ferns. Valleys of blooming rhododendrons. The sound of a mountain stream and a lovely waterfall dropped right in the middle of it all.


The lush habitat also supported a healthy population of nesting warblers. Black and White Warbler, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green......

It was a treat to see these guys outside of migration and we were challenged by remembering songs and calls we hadn't heard since May.

Yup. I could live here.

Cute husband in the middle of the woods in the middle of Georgia.
Ok, this wasn't exactly taken on the AT. The Aquarium was also a super cool GA attraction. Seriously.
This is it.
This is the very first white blaze that marks the Appalachian Trail.
It was super weird not seeing another blaze further in the distance. The plaque reads "A footpath for those who seek fellowship with the wilderness"

That's us!

Our next walk in the woods is back up North. Warren is planning something fun for Virginia.

As a footnote: Despite what you read here, hikers do not like to "tie one on before hiking", but rather they like to properly hydrate before hiking.

Thanks to the Queen of Fun (oh, I am missing you Paige) for putting us up, making us insanely tasty jambalaya and introducing us to the love that is Avery.

We're going to make that child a nerdy birder yet....

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Despite what you read here, blah blah blah." Okay, there was a lot of hydration going on the night before your hike. Sure.

Miss you so much! Hope to see you again soon.

The so-called Queen of Fun. (Titter)