Showing posts with label AMICALOLA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label AMICALOLA. Show all posts

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Birthday AND A View

If you have been reading my blog the past couple of weeks,   you know that my Sweetheart had a birthday last week!!  In order to celebrate his birthday,  I took him on a 'surprise' trip to the Amicalola  Falls State Park in Georgia.

We stayed in their gorgeous lodge---so today,  I will share some pictures of the view we had from our 4th floor window, of the surrounding mountains.   BUT--before that, here are a few pictures of our little 'private' birthday party in our lodge room... Above is a picture of the cake.  It was a delicious carrot cake from Walmart.... Below are more!!





Here is the Birthday Boy....Think he can blow out ALL of those 69    5 candles????? ha ha... (Sorry about the lighting in these pictures.. Our room was dark --so we moved the lamp closer to the table... Didn't work well!!!)





And he HUFFED and he PUFFED and he blew them all out!!!!!  (Too bad I didn't buy some of those candles which you can't blow out!!!! ha ha )





After blowing out the candles and cutting the cake,  George read all of his cards.  He got some funny ones and some really nice ones.   Thanks again for those of you who went to his blog to wish him a Happy Birthday --and to those who sent cards... Cards are very special to us... The picture above shows him after reading one from his Wifey!!!!!




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These next three pictures were taken from inside our big picture window in the room.  We didn't take pictures the first afternoon when we arrived --but we should have... After that day,  the rains came,  and many of our views were nothing but fog!!!!! Hope you enjoy the ones we did get.

The picture above is looking to the right.  This was after most of the fog had lifted. You can see the road to the lodge coming up that mountain if you look closely.





This is looking toward the left..  Dahlonega, Georgia is southeast of where we were --about 19 miles I think.   The big waterfall is in front of us (out of view) --as it travels down the mountain..





And finally,  this is what we saw much of the time (except those times which we were totally fogged in)...  I love the layers of mountains in this picture.

Amicalola Falls State Park is a great place.  The lodge and restaurant are fabulous, but if you'd rather have a cabin,  several are available---in addition to a campground.  We felt blessed to be in such a beautiful setting.

Thanks again for all of the birthday wishes for my Honey.
Hugs,

P.S.  I hope all of you are watching the nesting Eagles shown by a camera  near their nest in Iowa.  Watching them is so fascinating ---and I have been watching  ALOT this week.  Last night,  Papa Eagle came to the nest and brought Mama some dinner. I don't know what  it was --but she gobbled it up!!!!  There are three eggs in the nest ---so I hope to see them when they hatch... SO neat!!!!   Mama Eagle is larger and is on the nest most of the time.  BUT--Papa gives her a break ever so often. Click HERE to see the nesting Eagles.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

More from Amicalola Falls

This past Monday,  I shared the first set of pictures from George's Surprise Birthday trip to Amicalola Falls State Park near Dahlonega, Georgia.  IF you missed them,  please click HERE.   Today,  I will share more pictures from that trip.

Above is a picture from Highway 52  (from quite a distance away) of the top of Amicalola Falls.   We were driving --and all of a sudden, the falls came into view.  Of course we stopped and George got out in the road to take some pictures... Even with the fog,  we had a good view of it... That waterfall was enormous--due to the rain.  Our lodge was located on the top of that mountain above the waterfall (in the fog).





George went outside of the lodge to take some pictures,  and while he was there,  he took the path down to see the TOP of the waterfall.  I didn't know it --but there is a bridge at the top also.  SO--in my last post,  I talked about 2 bridges.  Actually there were THREE.   The picture above shows the falls as they cascade down that mountain.  IF your eyes are good,  you may be able to see one of the bridges below.





We visited Amicalola Falls in May of 2005.   This is what the TOP of the falls (from the 2nd bridge) looked like on that day.  Now look at the next picture!!!  It doesn't even look like the same waterfall,  does it????





The picture above was taken from that same bridge last Wednesday...  Just a little bit more water, don't you think?????? ha





The Birthday Boy is still smiling after climbing up those 175 steps --and then back down....  Pretty good for a 69-year-older, huh???? I am proud of him.





And then there's 'that girl'---huffing and puffing up the mountain.... Oh --by the way,  did I mention that it was RAINING???????? ha ha





Here's one more picture (taken with the long lens)  from the lower bridge --looking up at the upper part of the waterfall... You can see the bridge above where I was standing on the observation area.  That is one huge amount of WATER,  don't you think?????  WOW--wish you could have been there with us to have HEARD that water ROAR.  Even in the pouring rain,  it was fabulous!!!!   (Should have made a video!!! Darn!  Didn't think about it!)

Have a wonderful day---and get out and find some waterfalls!!!!  We have seen over 440 different waterfalls since 2001....  (Talk about 'fools for waterfalls'---that is us!!!!)

Hugs,


Monday, March 14, 2011

Amicalola Falls State Park, Georgia

In order to celebrate George's 69th birthday,  we spent a few days at Amicalola Falls State Park near Dahlonega, Georgia.  We had seen the waterfall in May of 2005 --but had not stayed in their gorgeous lodge before, until now..

Amicalola is about a 4 hour drive south from where we live.  SO--while driving down we managed to stop and see some waterfalls.  I will blog about them later.  Today,  I'll share with you one of the things we did on Wednesday,  George's birthday...

Above is a google earth map of Amicalola Falls State Park.  Wish this picture had have been taken while we were there since there was SO much water coming over the falls. You could have seen it better.

On the map,  the lodge is on the top of the mountain.  You can see the road leading up to it on the left.  I marked where the waterfall is...  There is a parking lot below the pool at the bottom of the falls.  You then hike up on a trail next to the cascades which leads  to a couple of bridges.  Below are some of our pictures.





It was rainy and foggy, but I did manage to get a few pictures of the lodge.  We had a fabulous room --with a view of the surrounding mountains.  The lodge sits on top of the mountain above the waterfall.   The lodge also had a wonderful restaurant.  We had free breakfasts both mornings and we ate both dinner meals in the restaurant... VERY nice!!!





Even though it was raining cats and dogs,  we decided to put on our rain jackets and hats and go waterfalling anyhow...  A little bit of rain doesn't stop us!!!!! ha...  ANYHOW--- since there had been MUCH rain lately,  the waterfalls were RAGING this week.  The picture above was taken from the first bridge (observation deck)  looking up at the falls above us...

I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to be at Amicalola on this particular day...  First of all,  there was TONS of water coming over the falls... You should have heard the sound of that water.... Wow!!!!!  AND--even better than that was the fact that we were the ONLY fools ones there.  We had the waterfall ALL to ourselves... That was tremendous--since we hate being in crowds and this particular waterfall is quite popular and is usually crowded.





I am still on that Lower Bridge (Observation Deck) --and this is looking at the waterfall as it cascades down the mountain.  We followed the cascade up the mountain on a paved trail which leads to the lower bridge.  It is impossible to get the entire waterfall in ONE picture, since it is about 729 feet long.





This is a 'drenched rat'!!!!!  BUT--as you can tell,  she is still smiling --despite the rain (and even some thunder)...





And this is the WET Birthday Boy ----after climbing up that last 175 steps and then back down!!





Even on a rainy, cloudy, foggy day,  my Birthday Boy can still get 'creative' with his photos.  He loves taking close-up pictures of the raging water and rocks... This picture above is one of my fav's.

OH--by the way,  did I mention that it was RAINING????? ha ha ha.... BUT--we were like two little kids playing in the rain!!!! It was GREAT...

I have another set of pictures from this waterfall to show you in another blog post.

Hope you have a wonderful day.
Hugs,