Oh what a delight. I only made it on three hikes this week. Stone Mountain I did the day after my critique and I can't show any pictures from that hike because I'm over my monthly photo limit with flickr.com. Here's how the week went down:
Monday: Too damn rainy to do anything. Just as I was waking up and thinking about how nice it was going to be to go on a morning walk after a week of not walking, I hear thunder. Crap. In the afternoon, I was able to squeeze in a walk despite the sprinkles I felt as soon as I stepped outside. Not being a pessimist, I took advantage of the rain and used my inside time to apply for a student loan to cover my second year of school.
Tuesday: Amicalola Falls! This hike was about 60 miles from Atlanta. I didn't quite realize that. The drive was beautiful, though. I saw some cows and it reminded me of home (minus the mountains). The hike was great. The falls were beautiful. I started in the middle of the falls and headed down to the bottom and to the visitor center. I would have climbed to the top of the falls but I would have had to climb 475 stairs (after just climbing down and then back up 175 stairs). I decided I'll do that next time. One of the most interesting things about Amicalola Falls is that it is the starting point of the Appalachian Trail. Of course I had to get a picture next to the Georgia-shaped rock.
Wednesday: Heritage Park. I got spooked at this hike. There weren't that many people around and it was fairly wooded. The trail went beyond the mill, but it turned from this super-nice trail to a trail that had that trail-behind-the-middle-school-where-kids-smoke-after-school feel. Since I was already spooked, I turned around after the mill.
Thursday: Tired. Wednesday night, after reading about what trails I wanted to go on, I decided I was too tired to immediately do another. I spent this day doing chores like carrying my laundry over to the laundry room where the friendly laundry service people washed, dried, and folded it for me. Then, I had to carry it back to my apartment. I also worked on the student loan application (which most of you will recognize is a long process). I walked to Tanyard Creek Park which is pretty close to where I live. I've walked there once, but I decided to explore it a bit more. The sign on the tree pretty much says it all. The park is pretty small and funky. The smell of the creek reminded me of the funky river in Lansing. I didn't stay there very long.
Friday: Ready to hit the trails again. I went to High Falls Trail with my roommate. It was a nice place. The trail got us a bit too close to nature. We had some close encounters with some mean looking spiders. About halfway through the two mile hike, we armed ourselves with a stick and swung it in front of us so that we could knock down any spiderwebs. Despite the tremendous number of spiders, the falls were really pretty and we saw a couple of cool lizards.
So far my favorite hikes are Stone Mountain and Amicalola Falls. Amicalola Falls is really in the woods, but there are minimal spiders. Stone Mountain is nice because it's close and it's a nice climb (about equivalent to the Butte), but it's civilized--there are about four emergency phones along the way. I'm thinking about buying an annual parking pass to Stone Mountain and climbing it once a week much like I did the Butte last summer. Next break, I'll probably try out some new trails.
Enjoy the pictures!