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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Exploring the Southeast



We left Amicolola falls, with great new friends and experiences from the wildflower festival. With a couple of days to explore and play we headed to Tennessee to climb, cave, and camp! We first stopped at Starr Mountain, which is outside of Chattanooga to climb and camp. Great spot right by the Hiawasse River. The climbs  were great, a range of variety, with amazing scenery of the river once you topped out. Just want to say thanks to all the local Tenness-ians for all the great advice for places to go climb at!

The next activity for exploration was to go caving. Topher has been looking for good caving spots since we hit the road. As for myself, i have never caved before, and was never really seeking out the recreational activity of Caving. We met some great locals that pointed us in the right direction to Lost Corral Cave. This being my first Caving trip, i have to admit i was a bit scared, and wanting to go climb instead, but all in all it was great! The cave had 12 different rooms, and not to mention a river running thru it! We explored for hours, and finally had explored each room of the cave. There were many bats along the cave walls, and amazing pristine formations along cave walls. I do have to say, i really enjoyed the experience,  the only thing i am not looking forward to is washing our clothes, its a pretty messy sport! 

Now we are heading to Charleston, South Carolina for the East Coast Canoe & Kayak Festival! 

Check out some pics from Amicolola State Park & Climbing and Caving in Tennessee 

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Emily and JD said...

Great photos, is Topher's leg OK? That must have hurt!