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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tucked Away in the Mountains

Last week, Emmie and I took a four day trip to Helen, GA with her cousin and two of my friends who work with me at the news station where I intern.  To be honest, it was quite possibly the most relaxing time of my life. Her cousin knew of this spot on the top of a mountain that people cleared out for camping. There was nothing up there but trees and waterfalls...I tried to get pictures that could depict how beautiful it was, but that wasn't happening with my little digital camera. I'm now in the market for a Canon 7D...Hopefully my parents will be good to me for graduation :). Anyway, there were no bathrooms, showers or people. Just us five, our cars, music and camp fires. We went into town one of the days because, if you didn't know, Helen is built like an Alpine village. It's awesome. It sits right next to the Chattahoochee River, which was so low in spots that the tubers had to stand up and awkwardly walk until the water was higher again. We didn't end up tubing, for obvious reasons. We did, however, do something exponentially better. We hiked to a little known waterfall...or series of waterfalls. It was breathtaking (literally and figuratively). The water was crystal clear and the rocks were granite filled with gold specks. A few of the boys jumped off the 40 ft waterfall, which scared the piss out of me. They were fine though, thank goodness. The water was so cold that at night, you could see the steam billowing off of our bodies. I'm guessing it was about 50 degrees or so. It was invigorating though, and I'm convinced those waters will cure just about any ailment you have. The only unfortunate part of the trip, which actually wasn't bad for me since I love the rain, was the stationary front that was hanging out with us the whole time we were there. For both Thursday and Friday nights it rained all the way through morning. To be fair, we were at the top of a mountain on what I believe to be the northwest side, so we had orographic uplift working against us. 100% relative humidity or not, I had the time of my life, and can't wait to go back.


The Grow Family Reunion....Was absolutely ridiculous.

It's been a few weeks since my last post. Apologies. I've been slaving away on physics during the week and trying my best to escape it on the weekends. So far, I've been decently successful. Several weekends ago, I went to a family reunion in Georgia with my best friend Emmie. Basically, it was a complete party the whole time. Our room was designated as the room to be if you had any social standing whatsoever. I made several new friends, old and young, and the weather was gorgeous the whole time. I'm definitely planning on going back next year. Here are a few pictures from the weekend.

Someone didn't like their berries...

This artist definitely had a firm grip of what reality looks like....(cough cough)