Saturday, October 23, 2010

Back Rock Mountain State Park

Our second destination today was Black Rock Mountain State Park, which is about a 20-25 minute drive from Tallulah Gorge State Park.

This state park is at a high elevation, and we definitely noticed the difference as soon as we got out of the car!  I had to put my jacket on, but it was worth it!  We enjoyed the views by sitting and taking it all in.  I hope you enjoy these pictures too.

 This was our first clue that it was going to be a great view from the overlook.  We were treated to these vibrant colors on the road up to the entrance to the state park.

From this sign you can tell how high we were when we were at the overlook.
I was pleased with how the colors showed up in this picture.  It was really pretty to look out over all these mountains and see the vibrant colors among the green.
This was the first view we had when we parked after entering the park.

 I love this picture of us with the beautiful scene behind it!

Tallulah Gorge State Park

Today, Joel and I headed up to north Georgia to take in some of the beautiful views of fall.  It was an absolutely perfect day - weather and scenery wise.  We left around 10 this morning and drove to Tallulah Falls, GA for our first stop.

Our destination here was Tallulah Gorge State Park.  We got out and found a nice spot to have our picnic lunch, and then we got ready to do some hiking.  Enjoy the pictures.

This sign tells it all...We hiked down into the gorge to see Hurricane Falls from the gorge floor.  The first "stop" on the hike is a suspension bridge that takes you across the gorge.  It is 310 stairs down to the suspension bridge, and then 221 steps to the floor of the gorge.  Once you go down, you must walk all of it back up - which totals to 1062 steps!  

We had a lot of fun, and really enjoyed all the sights along the way.  We definitely got our exercise in today!

 A view of the steps going down...

 A pretty arbor at the entrance of the trails.  We ate our picnic lunch near here.

We also hiked a trail to Inspiration Point, where you had a good view of Bridal Veil Falls.

 View of the gorge floor from the bottom of those stairs!

 Path on the way to Inspiration Point.

 Suspension bridge - I was a little nervous about this guy, but I went across it twice!  The more people that got on the more it shook. 

 View of another falls at the state park.  This one is called Tempesta Falls.

In the next post, I will show pictures from our second (and last) stop of the day...Black Rock Mountain State Park.

Hope you got out and enjoyed this beautiful day!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Grading - A hilarious take

If you need a good laugh, take a look at the post on the link below.  If you are a teacher, you will especially appreciate the post information and the comments section!

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Monotracer

So, on the way home from campus today Joel and I saw one of these:

Picture from here.

We thought it looked pretty cool, and we got to stay behind it for a little while.  When we stopped at a red light we witnessed the two side wheels fold down to balance it while at a stop - notice the black wheel on the rear of the vehicle in the picture above (it is folded up in the picture).  

I just did a little googling to find out more about what we had seen.  Go here for a pretty good description.  After reading that short article, you should be stunned to find out how much they cost! Around $82,000 - granted it does have air conditioning, navigation, cruise control, and seats 2 - but boy that's a hefty price tag.

So, little did we know what we were actually seeing this afternoon!

Go here to see it in action or just put Monotracer into the search bar on youtube to see more.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

UGA Football Game

Today, I got to enjoy a UGA football game with Joel and a couple of other friends.  For those of you that know me, you know I am not a huge football fan, but I wanted to go to at least one game for the experience.  Our friends (and Sunday School teachers) were gracious enough to allow us to go with them this weekend. 

It was an absolutely beautiful day - high of 65 degrees.  I really enjoyed the game (A shutout: UGA 43, Vandy 0) and most of all the company.  Enjoy some pictures from today:

 Debra and Abbi
 Joel and Abbi
 Band Hat - Notice the UGA Arch on the hat.
 Players coming through the Dawg Walk
 Fans watching the Dawg Walk from the bridge on Sanford Drive
 Georgia Flag
 Hairy Dog leading the Dawg Walk
 Mike, Joel, Abbi, & Debra
 This was the cutest couple - I loved their old sweaters.  You can see his wife next to him...she had on a red skirt and cute red and white saddle shoes.
 Team huddle
 Team running out - led by Coach Mark Richt (that link takes you to a page where Coach Richt shares his testimony)
 Today was homecoming - this is the Alumni Band (what a great turnout in numbers!)
 The Redcoat Band
 The graves of the previous Uga's
 Uga VIII being welcomed by the crowd
View of the stadium