1099 steps … Tallulah Gorge (a photoblog)

“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 …

DSC00308Now 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)

DSC00278Here is a view of the gorge from the North Rim trail before we begin out descent …

DSC00276OK, should Stage IV Metastatic Colon Cancer be considered a physical limitation?  Not today my friend … not today!

DSC00282Let the descent begin …

DSC00289310 steps later we reach our first destination … the suspension bridge.

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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 …

DSC00288A destination well worth the journey …

DSC00292We had the trail all to ourselves … no one to take our picture together on the gorge floor at Hurricane Falls … hey, if President Obama can do it so can we … time for a selfie!

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By the way … “YOU ARE HERE”

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Time to begin our ascension … 568 steps up to the South Rim trail …

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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 …

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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).

DSC00305Sometime natural scenery is just not enough … and you need a mural (and a wall to keep the highway above from collapsing into the gorge).

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Finally … what Christmas time hike would be complete without a little holly … we encountered these throughout our hike …

DSC00310The hike was a shared challenge between my grandson and me … now it is a shared accomplishment.

Thank you Lord, for the beauty of your creation!

Thank you Lord, for the strength for the journey!

Thank you Lord!

Bernie

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About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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