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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Black Rock Mountain State Park – Edmonds Backcountry Trail

Black Rock Mountain State Park – Edmonds Backcountry Trail

Hello again fellow adventurers! You may have noticed my long absence over the last part of Summer. I did not give up hiking rather an injury that I made worse through stubbornness prevented me from doing anything physical. Lessons learned: 1) When you have a sport injury, see a sports doctor not a regular doc. 2) When you have a groin PULL do not wait two weeks and immediately jump back into exercising full strength. This results in a complete groin tear and a pelvic stress fracture. I am indeed a genius.

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DeSoto Falls – Georgia

DeSoto Falls – Georgia

The story behind DeSoto Falls sounds like something from legends. Hopefully, you are aware of Hernando de Soto. If you aren’t I’ll give a quick run down about this lad in a moment. The falls were named after DeSoto because of some stories that indicated his breastplate was found at the base of the falls. Pieces of armor, dated around the 16th century, have also been found around the area but it’s not conclusive as to if it was de Soto’s. That of course gives way to the mystery of the falls and keeps folklore in your mind as you hike. Especially since they recovered a sword as well nearby……

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One Year Already!

It’s been just over a year since I started The Great Georgia Quest! What an adventure it’s been but there is still so much more to cover. Thanks to my friends and family who came on Quests with me. It made the memories so much more sweeter. Wish I could get this directly on the website but it’ll have to do for now. I still have a few quests I haven’t posted up about so stay tuned!

Thank you to all my followers and fellow explorers!

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