Sunday, October 16, 2011

Tallulah Gorge

September 30, 2011 - October 4, 2011
Tallulah Gorge State Park, Tallulah Falls, Georgia
Site 39

We headed to Tallulah Gorge State Park for a quick weekend trip to NE Georgia. It was my niece's wedding on October 1. Initially, we didn't plan to take the camper. It didn't make much sense to spend the $500 in gas for a quick trip. But since no one had space in their homes and a hotel cost was equal to taking the trailer, we ended up taking. I'm sorry, I can't stay in a hotel anymore when I have such a nice camper!

The weather was amazing! A cold front came through - just in time for our trip. It was a refreshing break from hot hot hot!!

Another exciting thing about this trip, it was the first trip towing w/ our ***new to us*** truck. My wonderful boss is allowing us to use an older truck of his to tow with! Oh my! What a difference!!! I did not stress not once this trip. The truck is a 1999 Ford F350 Diesel. It had no problems towing the Passport. Such a difference from the Suburban. So thankful we had it.

Funny thing though, apparently we had the wiring harness wrong. We had to purchase an extension because my boss used it to tow a 5th wheel, so the electric is inside the bed of the truck. My hubby built the the extension and had the wiring wrong. Our blinkers were switched and the break controller was never connected. We were towing in the mountains with no trailer breaks! But the truck stopped it w/out a problem. On the way home, the break controller light kept going out and we kept stopping to work on it. Finally, in Ocala, about one and a half hours from home he realized what he did wrong. We pulled over to fix it, got it fixed and now have trailer breaks again!!

Now onto the campground. The campground is small, it is somewhat tight to get into. Thankfully, we had a pull through site. There is no sewer hook up. And you have to share your power box with a neighbor. In other words, there is one box for two sites, one 30amp and one 50amp! Thankfully, we read the reviews ahead of time and had a 50amp adapter. Our weekend neighbor pulled in after us, totally confused. So we pulled the 30amp and used the 50amp w/ the adapter.

Bathrooms were OK, not great. Kids were scared of spiders...spiders were everywhere.

However, we loved everything else about it! We loved the short hike to the gorge. The gorge was BEAUTIFUL. We did some Geo Caching while there. This was in an excellent location too, close to the wedding, close to the Blue Ridge (where we drove to on Sunday). Loved it, can't wait to go back.

View from Water Rock Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Kids after hike to summit. Very strenuous hike! But totally worth it!

Mark & I atop Water Rock Knob. There were some fall colors, not brilliant but a few!

Front of our site. Pull thru. Had a big fire ring. Loved it!

Mark and his brother's family w/ our family at the Highest Elevation on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The sign at the entrance to Tallulah Gorge suspension bridge hike. Yes, we did it!!! Again, worth it!

We even took our dog on another hike at the Gorge. She loved it!

Me & Caleb at the lake by the gorge. You hike under the bridge and this is the calm lake on the other side of 441 in the Tallulah Gorge State Park. Amazing how when it hits the dam it becomes a roaring waterfall!
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