Mountain Adventures

Two weekends ago Greg and I traveled to the Ellijay, GA in the Blue Ridge mountains in GA for a little vacation with one of his best friends Jonathan and his wife Lindsay.  We love them!  Greg knew Jonathan from undergrad at Samford, and we met Lindsay a few years ago when they started dating.  John and Lindsay grew up as childhood friends together.  Lindsay is great.  The two of us actually have a lot in common and she’s so easy to talk to (which is good for me!).  I’m pretty introverted, so to find someone I can connect with and talk to easily is not always a small feat.  Anyways, they live in Kentucky where they grew up.

For Christmas last year, Greg’s boss gave us vouchers for cabin rentals in the Blue Ridge mountains.  AWESOME GIFT!  So, we decided to invite our friends who we don’t get to see as much and take a little getaway vacation together.  They are also our friends who just had a baby a few months ago (and we drove up to KY for the birth!), so we were certainly excited to see sweet little Hudson again!ellijay21Greg and I (along with Lily and Jack) headed out Thursday afternoon and decided to stop in Chattanooga for dinner.  Greg found this great little pub right next to the Chattanooga choo-choo train station.  It’s the Terminal Brewhouse. The food was great, the atmosphere was great, and we got to eat on a rooftop patio.  It was fun!ellijay22After dinner we continued on to the mountains.  As we neared our destination we took the scenic route and wound our way up and back down a mountain.  Along the way we saw 3 deer scampering about along the side of the road 🙂

The cabin we chose to rent was great!  I wish I’d thought to take some pictures of it.  It was 1 level, 2 bed, 2 bath, had a great lower deck area with hot tub and darts.  There was also a fire-pit area to the side!  And you couldn’t see any neighboring houses around you, and it had a beautiful backporch view!  It was perfect.ellijay18ellijay19We spent most of the mornings cooking breakfast, relaxing at the cabin and enjoying the company.  Friday afternoon we decided to pack a picnic lunch and drive to the state park nearby which had a waterfall we could go explore.  Come to find out this is the largest waterfall east of the Mississippi river!  You had to hike along a dirt trail for a little while, then there were about 150 steps that took you to the big falls.

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The falls were beautiful!!  I commented that I was pretty sure this was the biggest waterfall I had ever seen (then that’s when Greg told me it was the biggest in the southeast!).  haha  It was big guys.  These pictures don’t even portray that as well.

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Beyond this point there was the option to continue climbing steps up the side of the mountain to reach the very top of the waterfall.  I had to do some major convincing to get Greg to do it with me, but he did it and if you ask me, it was worth it 😉  He may not agree!  We had already climbed 175 steps to the to the falls, and it was another 425 steps to the tip top!  But we did it, and the dogs came with us!  Lindsay, John and Hudson stayed behind and just explored the lower portion of the falls.

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Once we caught our breath and enjoyed the views, we walked back down the 600 steps to meet up with the Broughs again.  Then we all enjoyed our picnic lunch while the dogs ran around loving the outdoors.

Ellijay1How crazily twin-like are these two!  The light brown pup is our dog Lily and the darker brown pup is John and Lindsay’s girl Carmen.  Seriously, these two could be from the same liter.  But ironically are mixed breed dogs with no official breed history.

Ellijay2Then there’s this little cutie 🙂  Sweet baby Hudson!  He’s such a great baby!

ellijay3Friday night we grilled hamburgers and played some games late into the night. Saturday the boys went tubing down the river while me, Lindsay and Hudson did some antique shopping 🙂  I found some great little goodies, like an old chicken egg farm basket (which now resides in the new bathroom for holding the toilet paper supply), and a vintage picnic tablecloth.  Oh how I love vintage items!

So all in all it was a great trip!  Good times with our friends and dogs, as usual.  We definitely plan to return in the future 🙂 🙂