“A journey of 1099 steps begins with a single step.” – son Bernie
“What goes down, must come up.” – BLW
“It’s a lot easier walking down than climbing up.” – grandson Noah
“Going down really works the legs, while climbing up works the heart and lungs.” – Papa
“Never, never, never give up!” – Winston Churchill
These are but a few of the lessons learned by my grandson and me as we journeyed down into the gorge and then climbed back out at Tallulah Gorge State Park in northeast Georgia …
Now despite the challenge of the hike we were about to embark upon … it really does not compare to what the Evil Knievel of the tightrope, Karl Wallenda, did in 1970 … after asking the question, “Why?” I also had to ask the question “Why didn’t I come to watch?” (I would have been a junior in high school)
After getting our land legs back from the gentle swaying and bouncing of the suspension bridge, we head even deeper into the gorge … 221 steps to Hurricane Falls …
By the way … “YOU ARE HERE”
Time to begin our ascension … 568 steps up to the South Rim trail …
This little sign was on the information board when we reached the South Rim … yes, I bought my grandson the T-shirt … and I later backtracked to the Tallulah Gorge Overlook store for the coffee mug …
Time to call Nana … “Hi Nana, I survived the 1099 steps.” (310 to the suspension bridge from the North Rim trail, 221 more to Hurricane Falls, then 568 steps up to the South Rim trail).
Finally … what Christmas time hike would be complete without a little holly … we encountered these throughout our hike …
Thank you Lord, for the beauty of your creation!
Thank you Lord, for the strength for the journey!
Thank you Lord!