The Appalachian Trail is 2,184 miles long and begins in Spring Mountain, Georgia and ends in Katahdin, Maine (or begins in Maine and ends in Georgia, depending on which direction one is hiking!). The portion in Georgia is 75 miles long and a few years ago, my brother-in-law RAN the entire trail within Georgia (all 75 miles of it) to raise money for a favorite charity. We met my sister and my nephew at Vogel State Park. The weather in the mountains was at least 10 degrees cooler than in the Atlanta area (and it is only a two hour drive to get there!) We waited for my brother-in-law as he ran the trail at a place called "Neel's Gap". It was a beautiful day. I know it is winter time now, so do you feel like looking at a beautiful summer's day? Let's go!
This is the trail to Blood Mountain, which I think is the highest mountain in this area. We didn't have time to hike this trail but I just had to stop a take a photo since it looked so inviting...
This is Vogel State Park and my sister and nephew are on on one of those paddle boats!
This is part of the Appalachian Trail! It is very rocky in places and very uneven. I am happy that my brother-in-law was able to run this since some of it was done at night!
The view from "Neel's Gap" and it is truly spectatular! We just didn't want to leave this spot.
This is the only part of the Trail that is under a roof. It goes directly through this building. And yes, it is in Georgia! This is still at "Neel's Gap". That is me with my blonde sister!
Here I am with my sister Pam and her son (my nephew!) and we are waiting and enjoying the view.
Here is Richard looking as if he is about to tumble over the mountain but that is just my bad photography!
This is the waterfalls at the end of the lake at Vogel State Park. Just so nice to see and hear this on a hot July day in Georgia.
Richard was fascinated by the cloud formations over the mountains. We didn't get any rain out of this...these clouds passed us by and happily, the skies stayed clear for the entire 75 miles that my brother-in-law ran. The startling thing about this trip... when we met up with him he told us to go and look at his car that he had parked a few miles from where he and his buddies had camped. The car was all muddy and dented in at the back and it looked as if some angry creature had tried to rip off the metal car tag! Well, that is exactly what happened...it was a bear! So if you ever hike the Appalachian Trail, take some sunscreen, some water and watch out for those bears! Hope you enjoyed my memory of a beautiful summer's day!