Due to the incredible generosity of our friends, we were able to spend a week staying in our friends’ family’s vacation condo in the North Georgia mountains. It has been the most relaxing week I’ve had in a long time, and I expect it may be the most relaxing week of our journey. We were able to receive mail via general delivery at the local post office, wrap up some of the loose ends associated with moving and getting on the road, and catch up on journaling and writing these posts. We’ve done a lot of cooking (pancakes almost every day!), checked out the local fitness center most days, and visited a number of magnificent waterfalls, including two that we were able to walk behind. It’s also given us the opportunity to reassess what we brought with us and cull through our belongings, sending some back to Colorado, getting rid of some, and using up our excess consumables. It’s a good idea to have a roll of toilet paper – four is completely unnecessary. The same goes for the massive quantities of sardines and herring that we brought with us. Now you know what we’ll be eating for lunch in the coming weeks!
We’ve also had to send home some of the books we brought with us. We both love to read, but I think we were overly optimistic about the amount of reading we’ll be getting to do while one the road with a toddler. Alan took it upon himself to read as much as he could this week and we both sent a number of already read and not-yet-read books back to Colorado so we can refresh our book supply when we get there in a couple of months. That being said, if you have any book suggestions that you think are appropriate for our journey, we’re all ears. I recently started reading Blue Highways: A Journey into America by William Least Heat Moon about the author’s cross-country travels along the back roads of America in the 1970s. I’ve been enjoying reading about his ambitious road trip as we make our way along the back roads several decades later.
Without further ado, below are a few highlights from our week in northern Georgia and southwestern North Carolina.