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Hello Spring! Carpe Diem at Island Ford
|Event Location:||Island Ford Chattahoochee National Recreation Area , Sandy Springs, GA|
|Date(s) & Time:||Mon, Mar 20 2023 5:00 pm >> Mon, Mar 20 2023 7:49 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Thu, Mar 16 2023 8:07 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Mon, Mar 20 2023 3:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||2 Hours 49 Minutes|
|Difficulty Rating:||D2: Easy to Moderate|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||10|
|Minimum Group Size:||4|
|Number Registered So Far:||10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||Yes|
Winter is gone, and a warmth in the air (not to mention the yellow tinge of pollen) reminds us it's Spring. Let's kick off the season of sunshine by seizin' the day. Island Ford is one of my favorite intown hikes. It is amazing to me that such beautiful scenery can be found so close to civilization. We will meet in the MIDDLE PARKING LOT - the second parking lot on your left after you enter the park. We'll then venture north along the Chattahoochee River before turning west along Summerbrook Creek. We will continue tromping through the woods and over a couple of bridges until we reach the newer section of the trail. We will loop around the lollipop, circling back to glimpse the river before proceeding back over the bridges again. We will backtrack just a short distance before branching off along Beech Creek. For the final section of the hike we will meander along the river, then stop at a scenic vantage point.
And now for the "Carpe Diem" part: As we return to the riverbank and head south back toward the Park Headquarters, we will pause for a brief rest and perhaps a snack on the rocks. "Carpe Diem" is a phrase from a Latin poem by Horace. The Roman poet Ovid used the word "carpe" in the sense of "enjoy, seize, or pluck the fruit of." "Diem" refers to "day." In the creative spirit of "carpe diem," please bring a poem, phrase, song verse, or riddle to share with the group as we enjoy a moment of reflection on the shore. Springtime, renewal, rebirth, flowers blooming, etc. themes are especially encouraged. We will be hiking at the exact moment of the Vernal Equinox, 5:24pm. We shall seize the day before returning to our cars.
Estimated distance for this hike is approximately 6 miles. Note this is not a beginner hike; we will take a few water breaks but keep a steady pace up and down the hills to get a good workout.
|How to Get There:|
Parking fee of $5 required (or purchase an unlimited-visit annual pass that day for $40 at the headquarters building.).
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$5.00 parking per car or annual CRNA parking pass
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