Hello Friends & Neighbors, and welcome back for another Wanderlust and Wordy Wednesday! I know I’ve been absent this week, and I will eventually finish all the prompts from Writing 101, but today is not that day. It’s been a literal emotional roller coaster in my world this week, and it’s only Wednesday. So I feel that keeping with this regular feature, that I enjoy, will help me keep blogging and also calm me down.
Today’s wanderlust is going to take you to another North Georgia town; Helen, GA. This town is about 90 miles north of Atlanta. What makes Helen special? I’m glad you asked. Helen got it’s start as a logging town that found a way to turn it all around when that started going south. Helen made itself a replica of a town in the Bavarian Alps, only in the Appalachians. The design is now mandated so every building built must follow the classic South German style, even the national franchises (like the Huddle House). As you can imagine, Helen is a really popular destination in the fall and winter. It’s popular for motorcyclists because of the excellent curvy mountain roads that surround it. It’s popular for a lot of people because they celebrate Oktoberfest every year (September thru November). It’s, of course, a very popular place during Christmas too. The whole town is decorated accordingly. Catch it before they close up shop for the worst part of winter. The town basically shuts down as temperature and tourism drops.
In addition to great food (try Hofer’s for baked goods and an awesome breakfast or The Troll Tavern under the bridge) and shopping to be found, the Chattahoochee River runs right through downtown. For around $5 per person, you can spend a few hours “tubin’ the ‘hooch” It’s a good time and I recommend it, just be warned, if the water’s low you’re gonna scrape your butt a little.
Helen is also surrounded by many natural wonders. Unicoi State Park is immediately north-northeast of Helen. It’s over 1,000 acres with a 53 acre lake. It’s part of the Chattahoochee National Forest. It’s also hiding the gem, Anna Ruby Falls. The paved trail is about 1/2 mile but it’s great. There’s also a trail called the Lion’s Eye Trail that goes along the creek and is meant to help those who are visually impaired experience and learn about the park. There are hand rails and braille signs.
Helen is a great little town surrounded by tons of natural beauty. Whether you go for the food, environment, shopping, downtown carriage rides, hiking, waterfalls, or tubing, if you ever get the chance, you should go. Whether you stay at The Castle Inn or rent a secluded cabin, you’ll find an enjoyable weekend ahead.
- “She was a liar and he was a thief, Suspended inside different stages of grief, When nobody listened despite how she sung, She learnt to twist truth on the tip of her tongue, His pockets were laden with diamonds and keys, So no one would notice the blood on his knees, They lived worlds apart but one thing they both knew, “I’m fine” sounds the same even when it’s not true.” – e.l.
- “I am sending you this post card, From the dark side of the moon, So you know I got here safely, And that I will be home soon, For today I held our planet, Between the fingers on my hand, And learnt there’s more stars out here, Than our earth has grains of sand, So now the life I ran from, Doesn’t seem like such a wreck, When the town that I grew up in, Isn’t more than just a speck, And although my life feels tiny, As I look back at our home, I’ve realized we’re the only ones, Who don’t live it alone, That sometimes even shooting stars, Send pieces down to earth, When their solitary beauty, Starts to cost more than it’s worth, I am sending you this postcard, From the silence of the skies, To remind you that there’s beauty, In our microscopic size, So I hope next time you feel alone, The moon shows you you’re not, And how lucky we all are to find, Our home on this blue dot.” – e.h.
- “I promise you, these storms are only trying to was you clean.” – Jessica Katoff
- “When they called you a heartbreaker, there’s no way they could have know, That you’d left no heart more broken, Than the way you’d left your own.” – e.h.
- “Just like the loss of love, it ain’t the bullet that kills you – it’s the open space it leaves behind.” – Michael Xavier
- “Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind.” – David G. Allen
- You can’t change what you refuse to confront.
- “And there were always those nights where she preferred the rain over people. Because the rain would remind her of how she should feel and people would remind her of the things she always wanted to forget.”- R.M. Drake
- “Perhaps we only leave So we may once again arrive, To get a bird’s eye view Of what it means to be alive. For there is beauty in returning, Oh how wonderful, how strange, To see that everything is different But know it’s only you who’s changed.” -e.h.