Friday, July 1, 2011

I love you, Tallulah

Hi, blog friends! I have long been away from my little blog. I must admit it's mostly because I can not tear myself away from the Harry Potter book series, what with the midnight showing of Deathly Hallows part II a mere week away. I'm so nervous and I'm reading the books in a fever. I'm a teensy bit emotional over the whole thing (read: I was totally crying while watching the London world premiere yesterday, oops). But, I'm breaking away from my reading spree to blog about the wonderful birthday getaway I went on a couple weekends ago.

I went with a troupe of my oldest and best friends to my favorite place in Georgia, Tallulah Gorge. We packed my mom's SUV (which she bravely let us borrow) full with camping gear, filled all 8 seats with bodies, and after a cramped two-hour drive we arrived in beautiful Tallulah Falls.

We set up camp and then headed down the gorge straight away (after signing wavers; they only let 100 people down per day). Traversing the gorge involves a lot of rock hopping, a lot of stairs, and a lot of wonder. But who wants words, especially when I can hardly do the place justice? I'll let the pictures to the talking now. (Sorry, picture heavy!)

(I almost chose to caption this, "besties!")

I am not tall/agile/brave enough to ever get up there...

Walking along this waterfall is one of the most thrilling parts of the journey for me.

At the end of the long trek, you can scoot out onto this natural slip and slide and be swept away into the icy pool below. It's mighty rewarding and tremendously fun.

While breaking camp I made friends with this little guy.

This was my third and most favorite trip to Tallulah Gorge, and I certainly hope to make many more trips back throughout my life. The sense of wonder and adventure I get down in the gorge is incredible.

P.S. For more about Tallulah Gorge and some of my other vacationing exploits, check out my guest post over on Erin's blog.

What are your favorite places to go when you want to get away from it all?

All photos taken by my talented sister, Nanner.


  1. I cry every time one of my favourite characters die in the books. Like bawl my eyes out crying. I'll probably bawl during the last movie too. Partially because of the battle, partly because it will be over.

    Aaaanyways, your trip looks like it was lots of fun!! I can't get over how clear the water is and how gorgeous those falls are.

    Happy Belated Birthday!

  2. Oh I definitely cry too any time someone dies. I expect at the movie I'll feel most sad that it's all coming to an end. It's such a big part of my childhood closing up! I don't feel ashamed at all to be so emotionally attached to it.

    The park does a great job keeping it all pristine. It's one of the few places I've been that escapes human influence. I love it.

    Thanks a bunch!

  3. Wow, I'm not surprised you love that place so much, it looks stunning there. And that little green bug friend of yours is SO cute!

  4. Oh, it's so beautiful! I try to go once a year. And the little buggy fellow was great! I love bugs.

  5. This trip looks magical :) Some serious love for these photos and how much sunshine there is!
    I know so many people who are sad about Harry Potter coming to an end including myself :( Lets face it, we have been brought up with it <3

  6. We were so thrilled to see the sunshine, because the forecast had been for thunderstorms all weekend. We were.afraid of being rained out, but it was clear and beautiful the whole trip. It feels like saying goodbye to an old friend, doesn't it? I'm happy to be a part of it all, though, however sad the end is.


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