Today, I climbed Panola Mountain, the second monadnock on my list for Monadnock Madness!
It was a wonderfully warm Spring day, perfect for a hike through the woods to the mountain and our trek up the mountain. Panola Mountain can only be climbed as part of a group, with a guide to take you up the mountain. It is a protected area. Our guide today was Jeff Nix and we had a nice large group for our hike. Thanks, Jeff for leading us today! (AND I hope I didn't talk your ear off, but I really do love the monadnoacks and all that grow on them!) Our hike took us three hours! Glad I
could make it! Want to see some photos? Sure you do!
My husband didn't come on this hike but my son did! That's Christopher holding up the tree on the left!
There's a pretty lake at the base of the mountain, with the plutons (boulders) right at the water's edge.
Christopher is wearing a great shirt here that I bought for him at the gift shop at Panola Mountain. It says "Take A Hike", and the photo behind the word "hike" was actually taken at sunset from the top of Panola Mountain and you can see the setting sun lighting up the buildings of downtown Atlanta on the horizon.. That is so cool! It was taken during one of the Moonlight hikes, I hope to go on one of those! AND I hope they get more of those shirts, I love the thought of telling someone to TAKE A HIKE! (And I mean it sincerely, but I also like to think of it in a funny way too...you know, like GET LOST! HA!)
Okay, we have been walking on Panola Mountain for a bit here and there are so many trees that Jeff forgot to tell us to look on the horizon for Stone Mountain...
but look, here is Arabia Mountain! I zoomed in just so you could see it, it was a bit hazy today, but that is our amazing Arabia Mountain!
That's Tracey on the far left, she hugged me at the end of our walk. She reads my blog! She told me she is a friend of mine on Instagram, very nice to meet you, Tracey! And also the nice guy who told me he worked for BT which stands for BRITISH TELECOM! (Hey, I am Georgia Girl With An English Heart, you know!) Guys, leave me a comment, if you see this post!
Very little foot traffic is allowed on Panola Mountain. It is thickly covered in lichen and mosses and the different shades and textures are very pleasing to the eye.
Yucca! These will have the most beautiful creamy flowers in the month of April, hope I get to see them!
Yellow jasmine are blooming on the mountain, a beautiful shade of yellow!
Here we are coming down the mountain! It is much steeper than it looks. This is called the "butt slide" as some find it easier to come down it, in a crab-like fashion, but Jeff told us he thought all of us could make it down on two feet and all of us did so. Thanks, Jeff!
The trout lilies were very much in abundance. I not only love that bright yellow but I love the trout-like leaves too, and look at it against that bright green...is it moss? I might not know the names of everything but I appreciate the beauty of what I am observing!
Hey, who left this rock in my way? Anybody want to kick it off the path? I DON"T THINK SO!
Today, Panola Mountain...tomorrow, Stone Mountain!
Wish us luck, it's supposed to rain! And Richard will be with me on that hike. He takes better photos than I do, but I didn't think these were too bad. It's hard to take bad photos when you are surrounded by natural beauty such as this.
Hope you enjoyed this hike as much as I did!