When you hear someone talk about the state of Georgia, forest and waterfalls are probably not the first thing that come to mind. Georgia however which is home to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the southern part of the Appalachian Trail and stretches from mountains to seashore and marshland to forest has some amazing wildlife preserves. The state has 48 state parks, 15 historic sites and numerous preserves and National Monuments.
Did you know the state of Georgia has more than 40 waterfalls and thousands of acres of forest?
Just ninety minutes north of Atlanta is one of the state's most popular parks, Amicalola State Park. Part of the Chattahoochee National Forest, the park protects more than 800 acres of forest. Home to many hiking trails it is the ending/starting point for the Appalachian Trail and boasts a guest lodge, camping areas, cabins, restaurant and hike in hotel all within its boundaries. You can also fish, zipline and see Georgia's tallest waterfall.
Africa is such a diverse and interesting continent, and one that is packed full of wonderful countries to explore. So many, in fact, it can be hard to pick just one. When it comes to African adventures, however, it’s kind of difficult to go wrong with Tanzania. Statistics compiled by Tanzania Invest tell us that 81% of the visitors to the country are those visiting for leisure and tourism purposes. If you’re sitting on the fence about exploring all that Tanzania has to offer, here are 5 reasons why you need to add this country to your bucket list.
1. One of the World's Most Iconic Mountains
There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get when you take those last few steps and rise up to the summit of a mountain peak. When you are high above the world below, looking down at the countryside that holds the memory of your footsteps, and the mountainside that you just conquered. There is something about the mountain air, the solitude, the peacefulness of the high peaks that spurs our confidence, our strength and our resilience. We come down from the heights feeling stronger, braver and more apt for a challenge than when we had taken our first steps towards the ascent. That feeling of accomplishment stays with us for days, weeks and even years. It’s not just the personal satisfaction that makes climbing, trekking and hiking a great past time. There’s also the experience of seeing and being part of the natural world that surrounds you. Watching afternoon rains turn dry mountain sides into cascading waterfalls. Seeing birds awake in the misty morning fog before taking flight as the sun rises over a landscape of incredible beauty and watching animals in their natural elements unencumbered by human development or interaction.
I have spent much of my life out in the mountains, hiking and exploring as much as I can in the US and abroad. As a young girl my dad brought me out into the wilds of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and all over the forests of New England inspiring my love for seeing the beauty of the forests, the oceans and the mountain peaks. Since a small girl I have been hiking as much as possible, in recent years I summited the tallest mountains in Portugal, Spain and Malaysia. In 2014 my father suddenly passed away from a heart attack. Whenever I could I would head to the mountains to feel his spirit. In just a few days I would hike Africa’s tallest mountain , carrying with me the spirit of my very own mountain man. I would be summiting on International Women’s Day with a small group of just 6 ladies including myself from around the world, knowing full well that my dad would be with me along every step.
Today Louie and I hiked Mt Lukens via the Rim of The Valley Trail in Glendale. This is one of my training hikes to get ready for hiking Kilimanjaro in just a few short weeks. To get there we parked at the Deukmejian Wilderness Park in Glendale. With two large parking lots and bathrooms it is the base for several hikes and walking trails.
I decided on taking the more difficult way up via the Rim of The Valley trail. This 10 mile loop trail had fewer people and more cover.