For quite a while now, I have wanted to hike the infamous Appalachian Trail. Yes, quite a feat, since about only 25% of those that start the 2,200-mile trek from Georgia to Maine actually finish. In an effort to start testing out different pieces of gear my boyfriend and I had for the AT hike; we decided it was best to start hiking the smaller trails to test our endurance as well.
I’ll tell you though, after a mere hike on an 8-mile trail loop at Fort Mountain State Park in Georgia this weekend, I definitely know I am not ready for the Appalachian Trail, physically or mentally. If you’ve got a big head you might want to consider dropping the ego now! For those that think you could leave tomorrow, I hope you’re in shape and by in shape, I hope your strong. Not just in your arms, but in your legs and ankles too. We made it through the 8 miles by putting one foot in front of the other and because we couldn’t wait to go eat once we finished our trek through the woods.
After a day of rest and by rest, I mean sleep, we decided to take on another trail, only a much smaller one this time. We hiked about 1/2-mile to the Toccoa River Swinging Bridge in Blue Ridge, Georgia. I had imagined a rope bridge but it was secured by steel cables anchored at each end. It’s really a suspension bridge and a bit bouncy but feels very secure.
After our small hike we drove around and visited a place called Mountain Valley Farm in Ellijay, Georgia. It had a great food market and some farm animals there that I was able to get pictures of. Needless to say, this was my favorite!!
I wonder what adventure awaits us tomorrow?