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Old 09-20-2009, 07:00 AM   #1
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a rainy day in north Georgia

We were supposed to go camping but the weather forecast would've made Noah nervous. So we decided to airdown and wheel.

Old Bucktown was it's usual mess and we had fun with the ditches; Stumpy's swaybar-free Cherokee laughed at them. Amicalola was wet and SBG's biodiesel-powered Excursion plowed half of the water from the Giant Puddle when he went through.
We grilled at a pavilion that had been rented by a party that didn't show --- David held an umbrella for a while to light the charcoal.
Then we went to the campsites on Jones Creek, played in the waterfall (Pepper the wiener dog got his wiener wet...), and looked at mushrooms.
After that we took the back way to the Ranger base. There are many wildlife planted areas here and we saw a bunch of turkeys.
Then we went up Carnage Hill. No big deal until we got to the TREE, chopped it up, winched the rest, went around, and then stopped at the bottom of the big hill. It was after 4:00 by this time so we decided to save the exploring for next time.
David had a spot of bother getting around the tree on the way out; Stumpy spotted him and he got the USS ShortBus around. But when we descended Carnage Hill, things got twitchy.
The hill was as slick as cat-crap on linoleum; Stumpy got sideways and rode it like a boogeyboard. But the Shortbus, with it's weight, breakover angle, and sheer length, was a sight to behold as it lurched, slid, and bumped down the hill. Yes, there was body damage. I hit it last, hugged the far side, and got about 2/3's down before my tires let go and I slid into the berm too; without that berm we would've needed to break out the shovels and dig a trench --- it was that bad.

David & James wave to the crowd at the Jones Creek campsite:


Our panel of experts survey the carnage of the USS Shortbus:


Carnage Hill:


My lovely wife, Mirtes, breaths a sigh after sliding down the Hill:


The tree winch:

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Old 09-20-2009, 08:25 AM   #2
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Love the red clay but it can be a devil. It looks like you made the best out of a wet miserable week here in Ga and had some fun despite Mother Nature dumping on us.

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That red stuff looks nasty.
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great pics hilldweller. looks like you guys had a blast.
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That red stuff looks nasty.
Slicker than 2 feet up a cow's behind.
But at least the hill was steep and off-camber.
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After all this rain, we can now call it tomato soup.
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You guys have been getting dumped on with rain down there, gotta love those minimal controlled slides. Love the pics.
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Now that we got a sunny day, my wife, Mirtes, wanted to see where the Trail of Tears began.

We hit Tatham Gap; great views and poignant history. We stopped at the gap for a photo and Jessi became very alert and started sniffing & running around. We didn't pay much attention but, after a pee in the bushes, found some very fresh bear tracks on the trail.
Here's a print next to one of Jessi's:




We found an obligatory road not on the map with campsites on a very pretty lake:





And the obligatory road on the gps that isn't actually there and doesn't go where you want it to and leaves you on top of a bald and you find a couple taking a nap and try not to scare them to death but we didn't take a picture cause we're nice people.

But we did take a picture of a river:


Jessi got stung at least 4 times by yellow jackets and Mirtes got tagged by one on the elbow.
Dinner at Rib Country fixed it all up though.
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Nice pics. What a great country...
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Nice pics. What a great country...
I pity the people who sit at home and play with their Wii Wii all day.

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