Ya know, I think that November 10th is a tad bit early to be decorating for Christmas....and also a tad bit late for Okterfest signs....just my humble opinion.
The falls look pretty dinky in my pics, but believe me they are massive and LOUD! I stopped along the way to snap a lot of pictures, and look who was waiting for me at the observation deck.
After our little walk in the woods, we headed north along the beautifully scenic Richard Russel Parkway...who would believe that Georgia has such mountains! It is so picturesque!!! C was on a mission to find his beloved Nantahala sausage. It seems that the aforementioned is made in North Carolina, and only a small portion is shipped over the state line into Georgia. So, we were on our way to the Ingles supermarket in Blairsville, in hopes of finding said sausage there. Here we are at one of the major intersections leading into Blairsville:
Remember, this is Deliverance country!
This is the Union County Courthouse, in the center of the square in Blairsville. I think I've told you before about how all of the 159 county seats in Georgia were laid out pretty similarly, with a central square and the courthouse in the middle. Since the Civil War, or war of Northern Aggression as it is often referred to in these parts, there is ALWAYS a statue of Old Joe on the square, and he is always facing north, to guard against future invasions!
Fortunately for me and Barker, C was successful in his suasage quest, and next thing we knew, we were heading south, towards home. We took a different route, avoiding the downtown Bavarian schlock of Helen, and instead drove through Dahlonega. We passed over Stonepile Gap and C told me and Barker the old Indian legend. I thought he was kidding, because he is so good at that and also because in the 26 years that I've lived in this little corner of the world, I'd never before heard that story. You can go here to see a picture of the gap and to read the legend.
After listening to a couple of John Updike short stories and enjoying the scenery, we were back home. What a great day....and such wonderful food for my hungry soul.
More pictures of our day will be posted on Flicker.