October Toccoa River Walk
|The Taccoa rocks.|
As we move deeper into autumn, I've noticed nature has been busy readying itself for winter these past weeks here in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia. I watched as the ground bees excavated a hole and buried themselves making a warm underground home for winter and "our" chipmunk hasn't been seen in days. A little garter snake left the green areas, crossed the drive and headed to the rocky mountain side now hunting for a suitable place to slumber. Our little fence lizard, who we named Brutus, the constant guardian of our stone steps over the summer hasn't been seen since the full moon.
The forest dwellers and mountain folk alike have been readying themselves for colder weather. The smell of wood burning fireplaces has begun to fill the evening air and the wood cutters who have their stands set up at the base of the mountain are happy as their inventory is low. The talk going 'round says that this promises to be one cold winter.
Over the past couple of weeks my hikes have been on the old wood roads which take me back to the mountain creek areas. I've been saving a walk down to the Aska area of the Taccoa river until the colors were just right. It was a delight and I am happy to share the sights and activities with you.
Even though it was brisk there were many of us enjoying what the river had to offer today.
|The Taccoa rocks in the Aska area of Blue Ridge is a popular destination for artists and photographers.|
|This artist from Atlanta made the trip with two friends from Marietta to paint the river views this weekend.|
Some times even when you have work to do you must heed the call of your soul.
|You can't walk the river bank here so I'm taking the high road up on the mountainside looking down upon the river.|
|Whenever I see the enormous boulders I think of the ancient glaciers whose ice flows created these mountains.|