Sunday, October 18, 2015

Road Trips Good for the Soul

Cathey and I decided Wednesday this past week that we wanted to go back and visit Ellijay Georgia where we live for a short time over 30 years ago. It is a small mountain town located in northwest Georgia. Ellijay is known as the apple capital of Georgia. We picked this weekend to make the trip because of the huge apple festival and craft show taking place there. We left Friday morning and made a detour through a few areas in Alabama we hadn’t visited before driving to the festival. The trip really brought back some fond memories of when we were younger and our daughter was two and our son six; how fast time passes.
First stop on our journey was Little River Canyon in northwest Alabama. This plaque was at the entrance of the River Falls explaining the plight of the Cherokee Indians who inhabited the area when Hernando De Soto explored the region.
In 1838 and 1839, as part of Andrew Jackson's Indian removal policy, the Cherokee nation was forced to give up its lands east of the Mississippi River and to migrate to an area in present-day Oklahoma. The Cherokee people called this journey the "Trail of Tears," because of its devastating effects

  The 45 foot Little RiverCanyon falls at the base of the canyon. The Little River runs through the canyon and has numerous smaller falls throughout the canyon.
The river below the falls flowing at the base of the canyon, it will be stocked with rainbow trout in December. The trout will survive through the winter months.  
These are the De Soto Falls in the De Soto State Park north of Little River Canyon.
This is the main De Soto Fall in the De Soto State Park north of Little River Canyon. Sorry I didn’t take this image; my image had too much glare to post, so I am using a Google image of the fall. This is the highest water fall in the state of Alabama located directly below the upper falls, absolutely beautiful area.
I can't believe we have water falls like this in Alabama

18 comments:

Brk Trt said...

Bill that's both beautiful as well as historic.
We enjoy such trips...thanks

Mark Kautz-Shoreman said...

Some more beautiful scenery. It still amazes me how much of the country we can see via our blog friends.

Kevin Frank said...

That is a beautiful area. I hope I can visit someday.

Walt Franklin said...

Glad you had an opportunity to take a leisurely trip to the old haunts of Georgia via Alabama. That De Soto Falls is an absolute beauty. Thanks for showing me around!

Howard Levett said...

When I get back from a trip to Rocky Mt. Nat. Park, I feel like there is no place as beautiful. Then, I look at other's blog posts and realize that beauty is where you find it. As in everywhere. Sounds like you had a great time Bill and it certainly is beautiful.

penbayman said...

That is beautiful country Bill

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
The Trail of Tears was interesting, I had read about this years ago but had never visited the site where it started. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
One can find a lot history just on day trips near your home, who would have thought history was so close by. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Kevin
You should visit the Apple Festival, quite an event. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Walt
Ellijay had added a lot of tourist shops, a big step for a town that now has a population of 1800. The place has really become commercialized. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
True our USA has an amazing array of sites for the traveler. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Pen
I wish I could get to the bottom of the Canyon and fish for some of those trout, but my legs would never let get back up---thanks for the comment

Justin Carfagnini said...

Beautiful country, and great that they stock trout. Illinois has a trout stocking program, that they do twice a year, but the lakes they are put in, they don't last long. Looks like a great trip!

Justin Carfagnini said...

Oh, I also just noticed you still have my old blog on your list, don't know if you were aware that it's been a year since I've made the move over to my new blog. carfoutdoors.blogspot.com

Gramps said...

Hello, Bill, am really happy to say I am back on the blogging scene. Been away about three months or so taking care of some family issues and medical needs. Just posted about it on my new blog post. Here is a link to my current blog address.

http://grampsfishingjournal.blogspot.com

Would love to have you stop over and say hi when you have the time. I appreciate your willingness to share your outdoor activities and friendship all these years.

In addition, I really enjoyed this post and and looking at the beautiful area and the falls. Have you ever fished on the river near the falls?

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
Glad to see you are back with us, I can relate, I have taken time off from the blogging circuit from time to time, hope everything is fine with you now. I have never fished the Little River, but would love to wet a fly there someday. Thanks for the comment

THE RIVER DAMSEL said...

This is totally my kind of adventure! What a great place to go relax and unwind. Beautiful scenery. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Bill Trussell said...

RD
I can't believe we have these type fall in Alabama!! Thanks for the comment