Monday, June 12, 2006

Rocky Road

Jeep riding on Forest Service roads, up to Nimblewill Gap. At the gap is an intersection, turn left toward Frosty Mountain and on to Amicalola Falls, or go straight to Bucktown (not recommended, that road is even worse than this one).

We were searching for an elusive geocache in the thick undergrowth, and luckily the only critter we saw was a butterfly.

The approach to the Appalachian Trail also crosses here, we saw several hikers with backpacks coming out of the woods down the log steps into the clearing. They seemed surprised to see our vehicle - there is a road here? They were probably thinking - You mean I could have driven here instead of walking?

Hikers as a rule are nice friendly folks. Several stopped to visit, and we explained geocaching to them. They wished us luck and then went on their way up the other side of the gap, up Black Mountain toward Springer.

We left there and went on to search for more geocaches and later attend a geocaching event at nearby Amicalola Falls. Since I work at home during the week and don't get out much (except to go to Wal-Mart), I was looking forward to the social event. (More on my geocaching blog).

It was very peaceful at Nimblewill Gap, but probably not for long, as we met 5 more jeeps coming in as we were going out. As usual on a pretty day, everyone has the same idea, a good day to get out and enjoy the woods.


Motherkitty said...

Susan, I can't imagine being stuck in the house working every day sitting at a computer, and then on the weekends climbing mountains. How do you keep in shape? You must be some strong woman.

Your pictures have taken this reader into the woods of GA, something I normally would never get to see. They are, as always, very lovely and peaceful-looking. I can just imagine the buzz of millions of insects, the humidity, the heat, the quiet, the stirring of unseen animals, the smell of clean air, and the far-off sound of running water.

While you were off walking in the woods looking for treasure, I was mowing the lawn and taking snaps of some of my flowers to post. I think your day was more exciting than mine.

Seeing Anew said...

Ah looks very cool and inviting there in the woods! I just got in from a walk in the blazing sun and am still seeing spots before my eyes. :-) Oh for mountain breezes and a babbling brook!

doubleknot said...

I am with Motherkitty your pictures let me take a walk that I no longer can do. So pretty. Hope you had a nice day. We are sort of house bound right now with the rain and wind from the storm hitting us but the weather man said we may see some sunshine later today - enough to get out and see what damage was done.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Love to see and hear about your geocaching adventures. There is nothing like being out of doors in the's my favorite place to be, when I'm not in front of the computer.