Scottish Festival and Highland Games

Scottish Festival and Highland Games

Tempus Fugit seems to be the theme of my life since the middle of summer. While I haven’t taken a break on hiking, I haven’t been on any new quests since June. In the back of my mind I believed it to just be two months or so but it’s been four long months since I’ve posted anything to this site. Remarkably, everyone is still visiting so thank you!

In early June I went to the Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games and it was absolutely awesome. I meant to post about it but life got in the way . The reason for posting it now is that the Scottish Festival and Highland Games will be at Stone Mountain, October 17th and 18th, and I want to shout from the proverbial roof top to go and check it out for the day.

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Black Rock Mountain State Park – Edmonds Backcountry Trail Revisit

Black Rock Mountain State Park – Edmonds Backcountry Trail Revisit

I did say that I would never hike this trail again but I did. I am very glad I did because it was a totally different experience this time around. Not only was the trail easier but I shaved a few hours off my time too. If you want to know about the trail, you can read my first post about Edmonds here. I just wanted to revise my previous statements in that the trail was not actually the entrance to hell. I would rate it as moderate to difficult depending on the area. Minus the time at the top, it took about three and a half hours but they say to give yourself at least four. The only thing that stayed murderous and horrible was the last mile and a half of the trail. Just when your energy and legs are feeling tired you get to climb, nay, claw your way to the parking lot for 1.5 miles. I resorted to saying “left, right, left, right”. You should find some repetitive phrase to help you during this hell mile. Besides that, the trail was much easier this time around and here are the key reasons why:

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Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

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Nephew of infinite energy

Kennesaw Mountain is a very popular mountain to hike just out of Atlanta. It’s a very pet and kid friendly trail so if you’re looking for some introvert time on a mountain, make sure to go early in the morning or you’ll be met with half of the city. On the other hand, if you’re an extrovert, hike during people hours and you’ll meet all sorts of dogs and humans. I shudder at the thought of meeting lots of humans when hiking, dogs are fine though. I did this hike at 8:00am on a sunny but cold day with a tiny human this time around. My tiny human hiking companion was my nephew who probably could have run up and down the mountain three times without getting out of breath. Nothing shows your age or lack of fitness level like hiking with a tiny human. I’m fairly strong and I run from zombies four days a week (Zombies, Run app – don’t run again without it). So when my nephew slayed me on the trail, it wasn’t awesome. Well, it was for him.

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Roosevelt’s Little White House

Roosevelt’s Little White House

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ” ~ F.D. Roosevelt

My mum is one of the biggest history buff’s I know. She’s the one you see reading a 600 page book about Thomas Jefferson on her lunch break and has read all the David McCullough books. My dad, while not an avid reader of 600 page books, is one of those people who can find interest in pretty much everything, quickly becoming an expert by absorption. Together my parents are a walking encyclopedia answering every Jeopardy question correctly. So it was only natural for me to take this quest with my parents. I’ll spare you the history lesson that most of you know from grade school. I’m fairly sure that most of you reading this know all about his presidency, the fact that he had polio and the familiar quotes that are on every random photo of landscapes posted to Facebook.

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