Saturday, September 10, 2016

Labor Day Weekend 2016

For Labor Day weekend this year, we decided to take a quick trip to the beach. But then Hurricane Hermine came to Florida, so we changed our plans and headed up to the North Georgia mountains.

Our first stop was at BrassTown Bald, which is the highest point in Georgia at 4,784 feet. We took the shuttle to the top and learned about the Blue Ridge Mountains and the surrounding area.
By then it was time for lunch and after we went to our hotel for the weekend.
We took the girls swimming and later walked all around the Resort.
Each night they build a fire and provide all the supplies for smores.
I woke up early to run and the morning was so pretty.
The next day we started at Lilly Pad Village and we did fishing,
gem mining and mini golf.
We had lunch and then drove over to Helen to get ready to float the
Chattahochee River. We floated the river a few years ago, but it was
time to try again now that the girls are older and more independent.
It was a hot and sunny weekend and there were hundreds of people
 floating the river with us. The river was low and we got stuck a few
times, but it was still a lot of fun.
That night we did more smores and played games in the hotel lobby.
The hotel had a very rustic/hunting/outdoors kind of theme.
Our last morning we surprised the girls with a visit to The Chunky Gals
Stables for horse riding adventure. We all were able to ride our own horses.
The girls did great. I was a little worried and did some serious praying, but
it all went smoothly. I tried to take a few pictures, but it is tricky to ride a
horse and take pictures at the same time :)
Our last stop was at Helton Creek Waterfalls.
We managed to pack a lot into just a couple of days!
And with that we said good-bye to the mountains. It was a good weekend
away and nice to be outside a lot.

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