Sunday, October 4, 2009

Seize the day - hiking at Lookout Mountain

Boats heading south on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW)
"Seize the day" is a phrase that resonates with boaters. In fact, Seas the day is a popular boat name. As the temperature dips and the hurricane season wanes, boaters start to head for warmer climes. You never know what mother nature has in store for you, so when the weatherman forecasts a good weather pattern, they seize the opportunity and go. Speaking of weather, Chattanooga hasn't seen the sun in a while. All last week, severe weather pummeled the deep south, bringing torrential rain to the region. Sure, we needed the rain, but ten days of incessant downpours were a bit much. Some areas saw their first flash flood in 75 years. Fortunately for us, we only saw debris on this side of the Tennessee River (Lake Nickajack).
Cloudland Canyon State Park in Georgia
When friends visited us last weekend, we had but one sunny day. We seized the opportunity to go outdoors - we went to Lookout Mountain on the Georgia side to watch the hangliders fly. It was exhilarating for us to watch them take off, so can you imagine how they must have felt.

After the excitement, we had a little picnic at nearby Cloudland Canyon, then hiked the .8 mile (roundtrip) waterfall trail. Walking down the canyon on a trail with some 600 steps in between was not too bad. We were rewarded with spectacular views of 2 waterfalls that cascaded off from 60 and 90 feet. The climb back up was a bit strenous; we took it slow, and stopped every so often to catch our breath. There are benches throughout the trail for the much needed resting. We will definitely be back to see the fall colors.
Updated 8/25/16

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  1. Beautiful! It's been years since I hiked Lookout Mtn., I bet the weather was perfect this time of year.

  2. Yep, the weather was perfect for hiking. Looking forward to see the fall colors...

  3. Wow, what a life style. My husband and I sometimes wonder how it would be to be on a boat (cruise around like you, or even just a houseboat)..., but we'd have to learn it from scratch.

  4. Hi Maya,
    Thanks for visiting!

    Someone like you who love the coasts would enjoy living on a boat. I love the different scenery when traveling to different ports of call (on my own time) and to be able to take pictures any time I want. Think sunrise in your jammies:-)

    As for the learning part, you can take classes on boating and safety, and then read a lot. The rest is on-the-boat experience, learning as you go along.

    Hope to see you on the water sometime!