Sun, Aug 7 2005 - Hike Wolfden Loop (View Original Event Details)|
Richard A. Zalik
|Participants:||Wendy Blount, Hayley Williams, Jennifer Waller, Claire Stigall, , Angie Smith, Shilpa Shah, Mark S. Davis, Jenn Smithyman, Sharon Baldwin, Dave Fergemann, Richard A. Zalik|
We met at the carpool location at 10:00am and were on the road by
Some of the participants didnt show up because of a variety of
We had invited a couple of extras (from the wait list) and this gave our
group a critical mass of 8 people. This was the first AOC experience for a couple of hikers
and everyone was upbeat and very excited about the day ahead.
We made the 60 mile car journey to the trail head very fast. Although
one of our cars took the scenic route, we were all at the trail head
before noon. While the forecast for Atlanta promised thunder and
lightning, the weather for Pine Mountain promised to be much better, as
it indeed was - at least initially.
The five mile hike to Cascade Falls was a beauty. Some of us were able
to spot deer. We initially maintained a very fast pace and by popular
demand we slowed to enjoy the scenery and the surroundings a bit more.
It did not rain a drop, and actually the sun came out a couple of
times! We stopped for lunch at Cascade Falls. While initially there was
just a single person exploring the water, within a short time a lot of
us had kicked off our shoes and had fun at the pool. The ones who
enter the water had a great time taking pictures and organizing
for the group portraits. Richard amazed us all by climbing the face of
After lunch the expected happened, and it started to rain. The more
experienced hikers had brought along their ponchos while some of the
rookies had to brave the downpour & get soaking wet. For a few short
minutes it felt like Hell Week in Navy SEAL training. But the scenery
was so beautiful and we kept crossing and recrossing a couple of very
pretty creeks overflowing with the rain water. It was a good team
and we all made sure that everyone crossed the creeks without getting
hurt. We walked the remaining two miles to our starting point without
incident, and finished our hike at about 4:30.
On our way back to Atlanta we made a brief stop at Dowdells Knob, one
of former President FDRs favorite places to go for a picnic. The sun
was out in all its glory & we enjoyed an excellent view of Georgias
natural beauty. No wonder FDR fell for this view. We had a camera
snapping wedding party and an all-female Harley Davidson gang for
company at this point.
We reached our starting point around 6:00pm and overall were very
satisfied on how we spent the day. We started out as eight complete
strangers and finished the day as a team of eight.
Written By: Ganesh Krishnamurty with contributions by Angie Smith,
Photos From: none provided