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visit to Amicalola Falls


By lauram


These are the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River at a height of 729 feet. To get to the top of the falls, one has to climb 600 stairs. It’s quite a workout! After viewing the falls, we headed back up the trail, intending to get most or all of the way to Springer Mountain, but after walking uphill in 90 degree heat for 4 hours, the sole of my left boot inexplicably decided to fall off. We tied it back on with my boot’s extra long laces, but thought it was probably safer to turn back at that point. That’s the last time I hike without a roll of duct tape.

Mountains peeking out from low clouds, Pickens County, Georgia.

No, we weren’t planning to go quite that far, not on this trip, anyway….

A few views of the smaller falls, and the main waterfall.

More views from the top.

Some plants and fungi along the trail.

This is rattlesnake plantain, a native orchid.

Here I am, sitting amongst a large patch of hayscented ferns, smiling in spite of the heat and my deteriorating boot!

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Thank you Lauram, good to have our friends from the States on Goy - nature's garden is just as interesting to look at as the big shows.

29 Jul, 2012


Love the shady woodland - shame about your boot!

29 Jul, 2012


Beautiful scenery, rather you than me walking all those steps.
Nice also to see your picture and back looking so happy after your heartbreak with your cats.

29 Jul, 2012


What fantastic scenery ! and I always enjoy seeing wild flowers.
Nice to meet you too - now it feels like I'm talking to a real person :o)

29 Jul, 2012


Wonderful scenery,Lauram..and nice to see you too...what a shame about your boot..but maybe it happened for a that heat,you had probably walked far enough!

29 Jul, 2012


I do a lot of trail running and normally just hike in my trail-running shoes, but this time I decided to wear the boots since it was supposed to be a difficult trail. The boots had been sitting for 2 years on a shelf in my closet by my water heater. I suspect the constant dry heat in that closet affected the glue on the sole....since now the RIGHT sole is falling off! I'll Gorilla Glue them and that way I won't have to toss them out.

29 Jul, 2012


Hi Lauren you should always wear boots when hiking to support your ankles over rough hard ground. I sprained a ligament in my ankle 16 years ago, wrenching my foot over whilst wearing shoes, they never heal. Running up and downstairs only puts pressure on it, makes it worse. Have had 11 falls in the last 2 years, my leg just gives way. Am just grateful for my gardening. Take care.

29 Jul, 2012


Thanks for your coment lauren yes I should think having a summer like yours is a challenge, I dont have a large garden and I live by the sea and I have enough problems with my little patch when we do have the rare heatwave and if it does last for maybe a month I have to admit I do start wishing it would rain you know nice gentle rain that wont ruin the flowers. But your photo's are amazing what wonderful scenery, so listening to you I suppose I must not complain it was quite nice today we sat on the sea wall and watched the world go by, bye for now Sheil:-

30 Jul, 2012

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