Autumnal leaf-check


We went to NW Georgia for today’s big adventure. We parked at the Keown Falls picnic area—lovely, under the trees—and ascended to check the falls (dry), and ascended further, to the top of Johns Mountain. Then we followed the trail south along the spine of Johns Mountain, then, well, as Bill said, it’s all downhill from here.

We found the fall color glorious, brilliant in full sunshine, with few leaves fallen. Spellbinding in every direction….

We took advantage of the picnic area to down some calories, both solid (mmmm good salsa!) and liquid.

Part of our route followed the Pinhoti trail, which, I have now learned (courtesy of the internet—scroll down for map), apparently is the longest foot trail system in GA, and extends into AL for another 136 miles. It connects with other trails to make a walking trail from FL to Canada. So they say.

Georgia mountain woods, in my experience, lack many rodents, birds, and larger critters relative to other North American woods I’ve spent time in. Today was no exception. Our most exciting critter sighting: several busy dung beetles.*

* Get this: one of my recent birthday cards referred to dung beetles….


  1. Marquis says:

    Sam, you take the best pictures!

  2. Sammy says:

    Very kind of you, Marquis. I love your banners, but miss that they disappear from exalted banner status so quickly. Of course, that can be argued to be part of their charm….

  3. kayak woman says:

    Thanks for posting about your hike!

    And yes, Sam is the best photographer. Self-taught, too, if memory is accurate.

  4. Sammy says:

    Just like you, KW! I like that you post photo series; I tend not to invest the energy in them. Perhaps I should…. I know I always love yours….

  5. kayak woman says:

    I would’ve loved a series on that hike 🙂

    Also, the Marquis puts his mastheads on Flickr.

  6. Sammy says:

    True, but they’re disconnected from their lofty setting atop the day’s words, and maybe another picture…. Okay, I’ll work on a photo series! (Arm is twisted!)