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Not all that glitters is gold

2010-09-10

tl;dr: I climbed all 425 steps of Amicalola Falls, and I once again failed badly at panning for gold.

I checked out of the Super 8 around 11am and visited the Gold Museum in downtown Dahlenoga. This was interesting. The museum mostly dealt with the area's history as the center of America's first gold rush, but I managed to pick up a little more information on panning. With this new knowledge I am sure to be successful!

Amicalola Falls State Park exhibits the tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi. This waterfall tumbles through a heavily wooded ravine, making it impossible to see the entire fall from any single location, let alone capture it in a single photo. Even to see the waterfall at all angles provided for by the park entails a tremendous amount of climbing. Pro tip: spend a week or two on the stairmaster before visiting if you want to see the entire waterfall. I decided to try to show some of the declivity via video:



From Amicalola I made my way through the orchards of Georgia and into the Blue Ridge Mountain Wildlife Management Area; Chattahoochee National Forest; A Federal Land Project. This is some serious forest, by the way. I picked one of the remote campsites and immediatly got underway trying to pan some gold. I'm pretty sure this isn't even in the gold belt, but was hoping to get lucky. Yeah, as if that would happen. I spent a couple of hours working the stream. It quickly became apparent that I was better off settling for shiny rocks. So I did.

a portion of Amicalola Falls


looking out over Amicalola Falls


Blue Ridge Wildlife Management Area


I am sad because I can't find any gold


pretty rocks

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