Betsy arranged a surprise birthday trip to northern Georgia for us. We went to Amicalola Falls State Park and stayed at the lodge on top of the mountain. Amicalola Falls is the highest waterfall in Georgia at 729 feet. The waterfall consists of a long drop followed by a series of cascades.
We arrived at the park late Tuesday afternoon after visiting some other waterfalls on the way. It started raining Tuesday evening and rained throughout the night. It was still raining Wednesday morning (my birthday).
There were some advantages to all that rain. One was that there was a lot of water going over the falls when we visited it Wednesday morning. The other advantage was that we had this glorious waterfall all to ourselves.
We drove down the mountain to the pool at the base of the falls, and then started hiking up a trail along the cascades to an observation deck near the base of the drop. The picture above was taken from the observation deck, and you can see the amount of water coming down the mountain.
When we got to the observation deck I noticed a bridge across the falls higher up the mountain (you can see it in the picture above). I wondered if I could get better pictures from the bridge.
A sign gave a good reason for not going up there, but I thought I would give it a try. What better way to celebrate my birthday?
Well, I made it to the bridge. Betsy, who has more sense than I do, stayed at the observation deck and got this picture of me (you have to look closely — I’m waving to her) up there.
I made it back down to the observation deck. You have to look closely, but I was even smiling as I got back to Betsy.
All in all I had a great birthday!