19 June 2011

Fort Mountain State Park



Kicked off the weekend with a little fishing yesterday morning. Not much luck, but one small fish, is better than no fish at all...

Today I ventured up to Fort Mountain State Park near Chatsworth to explore. The trails are mostly old mining and logging roads and grades. Sometimes pretty rolling, with quite a lot of laurels and damp roots, and then up steep hills with loose rocks and nettles. It was good to feel "way out there."

Wide trails....

Steep, rocky, mountain creeks...

There were plenty of turtles and other critters out enjoying the day. I also disturbed a fairly good sized black bear and he was rooting around for grubs and such to eat. Not quick enough with the camera on that one, bears ramble away quickly. 

Ugh...sidewall trashed....great....

No cocktails!!!! 

A note for next time, going down the powerline cut would be muuuuch better....

Very cool. 

A little hazy...


This is the reason it is called Fort Mountain State Park. The origin of this stone fortification and the wall surrounding it are unknown. Indian legends lend it to be dated to somewhere around 1200. Geez....Very cool though. 

There are some spectacular views here in the North Georgia Mountains!

02 June 2011

Its been hot

But I've still been getting out plenty...


Out for a ride with Lemma over the Memorial Day weekend!






I had an interesting encounter with a Rattlesnake yesterday while out hiking at Pine Log Creek Trail System. I've never seen too many of them, and this was the first to actually rattle at me. I was sure to give him a wide berth....