A few weekends ago, Darren and I had the opportunity to spend a few days alone. Initially, we were going to travel out of town for a night or two. However, we decided to stay here and enjoy some of the wonderful places we love close to home.
One day, we traveled a bit further north to Amicalola Falls State Park. Out of all the parks in the Georgia State Parks system, I would venture to say that this is the one we have frequented most. In addition to its outstanding beauty, the park holds a special place in our hearts. I grew up having weekend picnics at the base of the falls with my family. Then, Darren and I decided to hold our wedding rehearsal dinner at the Amicalola Falls State Park Lodge. We also spent our first night as husband and wife in one of the beautiful cabins within the park.
So, this park has a lot of history for us. Perhaps that is why we continue to visit time and time again. After all, there is something very bittersweet about reminiscing one of the biggest days of your life time and time again.
Our day at Amicalola Falls State Park started as it usually does- with a visit to the gorgeous falls. There are several approach trails for the falls, and on this day we chose the West Ridge Falls Access Trail. This is a wheelchair accessible trail and winds .3 miles through the woods to an observation landing at Amicalola Falls. This is a very unique trail. The sign below will tell you about the neat attributes of the West Ridge Falls Access Trail.
No matter how many times I see the falls, it can always take my breath away. Just standing there, staring up at the falls, is simply amazing. Seeing something this wondrous has a way of humbling you and making you feel quite small. The falls were particularly full on the day that we visited. On our previous visit, in November, I believe, the water level in the falls was extremely low.
We stood in admiration for quite some time. Then, as we turned to head back towards our car, we saw this sign:
Yes, it is one I have seen many times. I had never chosen to actually follow this trail, though. Today, we did. I don’t know what I was thinking agreeing to climb 400+ steps on a rather warm Spring day. By the time we reached the top, I felt like a limp piece of spaghetti. I also felt pretty darn good. I had just made it up all those stairs and I have to admit that it felt like a pretty great accomplishment.
We took in the beauty/ rested for a few minutes before heading back down. I think the way down might have been worse than going up. It’s a bit unnerving to look down at all those steps below. This image of me falling down the steps went through my head countless times on that walk down.
We reached our car and then headed for my absolute favorite spot in the park- the back porch of the Amicalola Falls State Park Lodge. Most days, this place is completely deserted. Today, it was full of other guests who had found our special little gem.
Isn’t it breathtaking? We pulled our rocking bench up close to the stone wall, propped our feet up, and enjoyed a delicious picnic lunch looking at this. I have to say that at this moment, life felt pretty amazing.
We took our time, enjoying the moment, the view, and the company. After all, I don’t get too much alone time with this wonderful husband of mine anymore. After lunch, we enjoyed a few hands of Rummy and Gin Rummy. I am proud to report that I won every last hand.
Then, it was time to go and pick up our Raileigh. Because as much as I cherish this time alone with Darren, I sure do miss my little girl when she’s not there.