Logan’s Turnpike Hike: Nov 30, 2014

So here I was thinking that I was only a couple months behind in posting hiking pics, then I realized I’d completely skipped over posting about our hike on the Logan’s Turnpike trail, which Greg and I did back in November. I’m only 5 months late!

Anyhoo, you may remember our previous trip to Logan’s Turnpike, which was done during the warmer months. Because it’s a little-used trail, it was completely overgrown and parts of the trail had turned into a marshy stream. Oh, and there were bugs, lots and lots of winged things flying around our faces. Needless to say, it wasn’t our favorite-est of hikes. However, we figured that these issues were directly related to the warmer months, and decided to return in the cooler months. So on a pleasant day in November, we headed out to change our perspective of this trail.

Logan’s Turnpike has an interesting history. It’s an old road. You can still find artifacts of this along the side of the trail, old rusty pails and such. The end of the trail/road was so steep that some of the first cars couldn’t make it on their own. In order for a car to top the hill, the driver would have to turn the car around and drive in reverse, preferably with someone else helping to push (which sounds incredibly dangerous, if you ask me).

Anyhoo, this time the trek up and back down the mountain was much improved. We still didn’t see a single soul on this hike. There was little to no growth on the trail, the bugs were in hiding, and the marsh had dried up. All-in-all, it was a good day.

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Raven Cliffs Trail, Jan 2015

Raven Cliff Falls is one of the most popular hiking trails in the area. At the end of the easy 2.5 mile trail is, well, a rock cliff. This is the third time Greg and I have done this trail and the second time we finished it. (The last time, we turned back due to a yellow jacket nest on the trail. This was literally the week after we were attacked by hornets on the Yellow Mtn Trail, so we were a bit skittish of flying, stingy things.) You can see pictures from our first Raven Cliff hike here.

This time, we took our ever-happy trail corg with us. Scotch loved his hike.

Happy New Year Hike! – Blood Mtn Loop

Happy new year everyone! Surprisingly, there were no hangovers this morning, so Greg and I celebrated the new year by going on a hike. We decided to do the full Blood Mountain Loop, which involves the Byron Herbert Reece, Freeman, and Appalachian trails. The hike is a total of 6 miles. There are very few flat spots, with the trail mostly being slightly up or down hill the entire way. We’ve done parts of this trail before, but some parts of it were new to us. We also took our Corgi, Scotch, with us today, and it was all new to him. This hike also marks the first time we’ve ever met another hiking corgi. One corgi on a mountain trail is enough to elicit excitement, but two corgis caused some outright astonishment among fellow hikers (“Are you guys with the other corgi group?” “Did you know there’s another corgi ahead/behind you?” “Wow, I never thought I’d see hiking corgis!” and so on and so forth). A clear, gorgeous day plus a holiday means that the trail was packed (this is one of the most popular trails in the area). Overall, it was a wonderful day and an awesome hike.

Dockery Lake Trail

Dockery Lake is a teeny lake off of HWY 60, north of Dahlonega. It’s actually a place that Greg and I had never hiked before, and this past weekend, we decided to rectify this situation. It was an absolutely gorgeous day. The sun was shining and there was a slight, cool breeze the entire hike. The trail starts at Dockery Lake and 3.7 miles later, dead ends into the Appalachian Trail. It’s a moderate hike with some hill climbing.

Brasstown Bald

Last weekend, it was warm and Greg and I went canoeing. This weekend, it was in the 30s and we had frost this morning (R.I.P Spiderplant [for, like, the 12th time]). But we didn’t let the cold stop us. We bundled up and headed to someplace even colder – Brasstown Bald. Brasstown Bald is the highest point in Georgia. And while it’s not a long hike (.6 miles one-way, 1.2 in total), it’s pretty and it’s steep. It was a clear and crisp day on top of the mountain, and you could see for many, many miles in every direction.

Canoeing Lake Burton

Greg and I got up early this morning and headed to one of our favorite spots – Moccasin Creek State Park on Lake Burton. We got out on the lake about 9am and spent the morning canoeing. It was a beautiful day. Afterwards, we made hotdogs and read by the lake, enjoying the cool weather.