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Springer Mountain
6/5/06, 9:35pm (Last Edited: 6/5/06, 9:36pm)
Somehow for me Springer Mountain is a place of great magic. Perhaps it is a magnetic pole for ambition. For most, it is a beginning and to some, it is an ending. It is like the first chapter in an epic journey or perhaps the final page. To me the place has an electricity to it. I could spend a long time there enjoying the serenity and the camaraderie of those enthusiastic to begin their epic journey, writing what they anticipate to be one of the most exciting chapters of their life. Beyond the AT and the hype it is still a most wonderful place.

I slipped away early this morning to steal some solitude among the rocks atop Springer.

How Many ATers Have Posed For Photos On These Rocks?

This Eastern Towhee was among the gathering this morning

We met Ridgerunner...aka Many Sleeps, perhaps a local legend of the area. He is the volunteer caretaker on Springer. He and I discussed some mutual friends that have passed his way. He has seen many a hiker hit the trail headed for Maine. I failed to get his picture but I did photograph his sign in his camp. I loved his sig line, "If you are lucky enough to be on the trail then you are lucky enough."

After I saw the WWW Gals off that morning, with four days of complete solitude and nowhere I had to be, I made my way around to Amicalola Falls, another gateway point to the AT. I enjoyed a leisurely stroll up the trail to the falls and an awesome dreamy day in the park.

Amicalola Falls...Even The Name Sounds Like Music

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Re: Springer Mountain
6/6/06, 12:38am
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Maybe you and I can plan a late summer or early fall camping trip when the leaves a changing colors on the trail or on the Benton-Mckay trail.

I'm ready for some solitude without a cell phone for a few days.

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6/6/06, 2:34am
Where is Springer Mountain? I thought there were no mountains in Florida.

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6/6/06, 2:46am
That sounds very doable Randy. I spent a little time on the Benton MacKaye Trail on this past trip.

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6/6/06, 2:48am
>Where is Springer Mountain? I thought there were no mountains
>in Florida.


Sorry about that Lon, Springer Mountain marks the Southern Terminus of the Appalachian Trail and is in North Georgia.

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6/25/06, 12:46pm
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It's done got into the mid 90's now. I believe a vacation to your area in the fall is order for my family and sometime before it gets cold you and I can the Cuhutta Wilderness area or Springer for a 2 nighter.

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