What a great day!
We woke up early this morning and took the kids on a trip to the North Georgia Mountains. We all needed a break, and although we could have gone to a local park or fishing, we wanted to escape the extreme heat and mugginess and dip our toes into some cool, refreshing, mountain water.
The total for our trip, including gas and food, was around $125, and it was just the break all of us needed. I have to report for jury duty on Monday morning, and I am not quite sure how much of my schedule that might take up. Who knows, they may send me home instead.
While driving into the mountains we were so taken by the views and the fresh mountain air that I got a little carried away and we ended up at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Realizing that entering the park would most likely make it an “all driving” trip with no play, we turned around and parked the truck. It was time to dip our feet in the cool waters of the Oconaluftee River in Cherokee, North Carolina.
After relaxing for the better part of an hour we decided to get something to eat and start making our way back to Georgia. We have a favorite place to play along the Chestatee River in North Georgia, and we could take advantage and browse the shops in Dahlonega along the way.
Before heading out, we stopped at the Dairy Queen in Cherokee, where the staff tried to test our patience with their very poor attitudes and service. We ordered five small dipped cones and a soda. Yup, that’s it. We were in the mood for ice cream. We ended up waiting almost 35 minutes for those cones (there were only 7 people in front of us), and when they handed them to us, two of them were already melting and falling apart. Needless to say, the Dairy Queen in Cherokee needs to concentrate on customer service and working together as a team.
Things got a bit messy and I the inner-me wanted to go postal on someone, but we didn’t let it get us down or ruin our day. We set our minds on North Georgia and continued down the road.
Along the way we came to the Nantahala Outdoor Center. OH.MY.GAWD. When I get working steady with money coming in regularly again, we are going back to NOC. I grabbed some awesome river footage all day today and will be posting it tomorrow when I have time to work on it. NOC has rafting, kayaking, all the fun stuff. The kids wanted to go rafting, but they will have to wait until finances are a bit better for us. We spent quite a bit of time along the Nantahala River, and got lost in the beauty of it all for a while. We were caught up so long in fact that it was too late to try to make it back to Dahlonega, so we just packed ourselves up and came home.
We had a great time, walking in the door around 11:30. The kids passed out almost immediately and Gidget and I won’t be too far behind. Video tomorrow.