This long-abandoned plantation house gives me the chills.
Nolan House is just west of Madison in Bostwick, Ga. at the intersection of Nolan Store Road and Bostwick Highway.
I fall in love every summer. As soon as the temperatures reach a steady 80 degrees, it’s like being reunited with an old lover. Well, the temps have soared over 100, the girls are horsing around in Virginia and I’m well into my summer reading list. And yet, I wasn’t feeling the love — until our day trip to Sapelo Island, Georgia.
It’s odd to wake up in the morning without the girls at home. I miss them terribly, but it’s going to be a great day with ^this^ as the first item on my to-do list. Sure, there’s laundry to be tended, but it’ll be there when I get back, yes?
I don’t believe that lasting happiness is typically achieved through stuff like a job promotion, a new home or adopting a puppy, although there’s no doubt that these things deliver a jolt. According to the documentary Happy, status (career, relationship status, income) only account for 10% of the differences in our levels of happiness. The film also says that 40% of potential happiness is unaccounted for, suggesting that there is a lot we can do to become a happier camper. Which leads me to ginger root.
Remember what I was saying about the journey being just as important as the destination? Case in point: Jaemor Farm Market. We spotted this roadside market on the way back from Tallulah Gorge State Park in Alto, Georgia, a few miles north of Gainesville, on I-985/Hwy. 365. Aisles and aisles of fresh produce are grown on the 350 acre farm just behind the market.
I’m a little embarrassed to admit that Jay and I used to turn our noses up at “the lake.” We when first moved to Atlanta 15 years ago, new friends and acquaintances would say, “We’re going to the lake this weekend” or “Can’t wait to hit the lake this summer” and we would quickly dismiss the idea of having fun at “the lake.”
Having grown up on the coast of Virginia with the access and freedom to ride your bike to the beach whenever the mood strikes, lake recreation seemed like a very meager alternative. Time and exposure would prove us very wrong over the years, however, I still get a little excited when we visit a lake with a “beach.” Tallulah Falls Lake was no different.
A wise vagabond once said, “It’s not the destination so much as the journey.” Captain Jack Sparrow’s journey was way more perilous, but his words echoed in my mind, nonetheless, as Jay and I hiked Tallulah Gorge State Park.
At two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep, Tallulah Gorge is one of the largest canyons in the East. With six waterfalls, the gorge boasts some of the most impressive views in the South. The gorge is also where the 1972 thriller “Deliverance” was shot.
While the park has several hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty, the Hurricane Falls Loop Trail apparently has the most spectacular views. The trail is also rated “very difficult.”
But, really, what does that mean, Jay and I wondered? The trail is only two miles round trip. Should we be concerned that included are 1,099 stairs? Should we be equally concerned that the brochure and several signs at the start of the trail recommends that people with “known health conditions” not attempt the trail? Did I mention that it’s ninety-plus degrees out?
While Jay and I are sweltering away in Georgia, Honey and Cricket are gallivanting about in coastal Virginia. That’s where they’ll be splitting their time between riding camp and their Grands this summer.
Cricket was a little down when we learned that Patty, whom she had been riding for the last two summers, passed away. But, she seems to have hit it off with Hank (left). And although Huggy appears to be leading Honey in this photo (right), Honey assures us that she feels very confident riding him.