Friday, April 26, 2013

North Georgia Mountains---many adventures just outside the homestead

Mr. Darcy and I had a great day off together. I feel so blessed to live in the North Georgia mountains. It's rich in history, many a junkin' store to walk through, many locals and tourists to meet and it's never but a very short drive from the homestead almost right in the back yard to see many quiet spots. 
 
God created the Earth so beautiful and to enjoy. And so on Wednesday we did just that. With an agenda, yet some serendipity on my part, for the day's adventures, Mr. Darcy and I had alot of fun, rest and relaxation, good exercise hiking and making memories, holding hands and conversation of which is always comforting.
 
Here are a few of our pics from our stop at Anna Ruby Falls which is very close to the homestead.



The Captain Nichols back in the day attended one of the churchs we go to and worship. Can you imagine him riding his horse and finding all this beauty?

 
The day was cloudy and overcast and we were just in the nick of time for no rain. But when we reached the large falls, the cool mountain mist was so refreshing peppering my face.
 
 
 
This tree we saw was growing on a huge rock. It had twisted and turned, acclimating itself, drawing water and nutrients and making roots in a rock.
 
 
Speaking of the rock.........this is my rock. :P
 
 
yes he's  Bulldog fan!
 
 
 
This water looked almost inviting for play but believe me, the water from here is cold. No matter what time of year!
 
 
Last time I went to the Falls, it was a dry season, but this time, the water was rushing and filling every gap. The sound so comforting, the mist so refreshing.
 
 
Half way up the mountain, I took a rest.
 
 
 
Those boots were a gift from Christmas and Country Outftters. They were worn specifically because all up and down he hike are signs that warn of Copperheads and rattlesnakes. Not my friends.
Mr. Darcy wanted to take pics here.
 
 
In the above pic, you can see in the distance the big Falls.
 
 
The Falls have two sides and huge. We didn't get a pic of both, wish we did but Mr Darcy did like it. This was his first time there. I've been here many times.
 
 
At the gift shop at the end, I thought this was a fox but they had it labeled as a racoon. Confused me.
 
 
Much of the streams and area are undisturbed. They do not remove trees that are fallen because they believe the natural habitat benefits all kinds of critters.
 

 
It was really the perfect temp of a day to hike here.
 
 
 
After the hike back, we went riding through the mountains and stopped to eat some really good fried chicken and veggies and dessert to fill us up!  We were hungry!
 
 
Then we roamed through a junkin/antique store which had quite the library of old books.
I got a hardback copy of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
 
 
There's just something about reading it from a hardback and not the Kindle. Plus there were pics in it randomly.
 
 
I felt the serenity of the many walks taken in the Jane Austen books after the walk with my loving husband. Now to read, on my back porch again of all the Jane Austen flair will be awesome.
 
I have started a good part of the way now on a late Summer shawl with my circular needles.
 
 
Here are the colors. 3 full skeins for a shawlette.
 
 
 
I've made a couple of dropped places but knit group is not far away and I hope someone can help me fix it!
 
Needle size# 11 Knitpics Dreamz ( LOVE)
32 in circulars
 
Following no pattern but my own simple fly- by- the- seat -of- my pants-- hope- it- looks- good approach.
 
Cross stitch designs are flittering around the desk and soon I will be offering another freebie to pay it forward for your stitchy fingers.
 
I am almost finished with a summer scarf for one mother's day project and I have one more to go so I best get busy.
 
Purl of Wisdom~~~ Thank God for the colors of nature. The palette of Spring gives us all free pleasure at taking in a fresh new approach.
 
 
Till later,
Jennifer
 

8 comments:

  1. Such a lovely place! Great pics! Thanks for sharing. Glad you had a wonderful day!

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  2. I loved your walk though the mountains. When I lived in Georgia we would go to the north all the time. Beautiful country.

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  3. Thanks for sharing your outing with us. What a lovely spot for a refreshing day off!

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  4. I love Ruby Falls! I was thinking of taking a weekend trip there this summer if I get the chance. I also want to go back to the Lost Sea too.

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  5. I enjoy taking a walk with you and Mr Darcy, it looks truly beautiful. Pride and Prejudice is my favourite and I have a hardback copy that I purchased as a teenager. Enjoy your knitting, I am about to start knitting for an expected baby, just waiting for the first 3 months to pass.

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  6. What beautiful pictures! it sounds like such a wonderfully relaxing way to spend a day.

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  7. You are very lucky to live in such a beautiful area of our country.

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  8. What a beautiful spot you have to visit!

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Jennifer

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