Welcome to Asheville: Part 3 – Forests and Waterfalls

One of the other new things we did in Asheville was go hiking through the Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Forest.

This is slightly of topic, but we visited the forests the day after going to Chimney Rock. They are actually located southwest of Asheville, near a little town called Brevard. While we were driving, I was looking out the window and I saw a white squirrel. I immediately called it out and thought it was an albino squirrel, surprised to see the squirrel right after seeing the albino chipmunk. Little did I know, however, that it wasn’t actually an albino squirrel. As we were leaving the area, my mom had picked up some brochures and was flipping through them, and we found out that one of the things Brevard is known for is their white squirrels. Of course, after I heard this I wanted to see another one, hoping to get a closer look, but alas, they were not to be found. Continue reading

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Welcome to Asheville: Part 2 – Chimney Rock

Asheville is located in the mountains, so of course when we visited, we had to go hiking! The first day we went to Chimney Rock. I’ve been there before, but things have changed a little, and it’s still an amazing view from the top.

Before when we went to Chimney Rock, we were able to drive to the top and park. This time, we had to park in a lot about halfway up, and a bus shuttled people to the top. We rode the bus to the top, and as we got up there, we found out the reason for this change. It looked like there was a landslide on the mountain, taking out some of the parking and narrowing the roads. It was safer to just have a few buses traveling the road, instead of a bunch of cars and visitors. Continue reading

Visiting Augusta

A few weeks ago we went down to Augusta to visit friends. I’d been before, but like most places, there’s always new things to do and areas to explore.

What I didn’t realize is that Augusta is so much hotter than Atlanta. I thought we’d have similar weather, since it’s only a few hours away, but it’s a few degrees hotter, and that makes a big difference. We went on one of the warmer weekends, and it the afternoon you just stepped outside and immediately started sweating. It was terrible. Continue reading

Spring in February

The weather has been so nice recently here, and by that I mean most of February was in the high 60s and 70s. Which was great. All the plants started to think spring was already here, and if you drive through Atlanta you can see everything in bloom. It’s hard to tell it’s still technically winter. Though this week it supposed to be cold, and there may be a frost, I’m counting it as spring, and I’ve already gotten out and about.

With warm weather and more sunshine, it’s easier to get outside of the house to exercise. Continue reading

East Palisades on the Chattahoochee

A few weeks ago my friend and I decided to walk a trail along the Chattahoochee. I’d been to the Chattahoochee River when I was little, but it had been a while. I remember going to a park with my family, bringing bread to feed the ducks, having a picnic, and walking along the water. The only recent times I had gone had been to some parks, and when my friend mentioned it, I was all in. Continue reading

Up and Around Stone Mountain

If you’re from Georgia, at least from the Atlanta area, you’ve probably heard of Stone Mountain. We recently had relatives come visit us and when they asked what Stone Mountain was, my description was, a mountain made of stone? Of course, it’s more than that. The main attraction is the mountain, but there’s been a whole park built around it, where you can do fun family activities. During the winter, Stone Mountain becomes Snow Mountain. Continue reading