We drove to Attalla AL this morning to a Harvest Host:
We were able to park right in front of the tasting room:
Later in the afternoon, after the tasting room had closed, we enjoyed a cold bottle of their Orange Sangria with cheese and crackers on the back deck of the tasting room. We had the place to ourselves.
View from the deck:
Janie, the owner, came out to visit. Then her neighbor/brother-in-law walked around the fence and came over to chat.
This bird tried really hard to chirp louder than our music was playing:
These geese were entertaining to watch. Janie said one goose had been recently nabbed by a snapping turtle in the pond, so now the widow/er hangs out with the remaining couple. No other geese were allowed to land in this meadow.
When you see the first picture in this post, know that my panic attack had pretty much subsided by time I took the picture. The last part of the drive to the interpretive center was 3 miles climbing 1808 feet, average grade = 11.2% AVERAGE grade – in fact, one quarter-mile section is a 16% grade. Coming up to one of the steeper sections on a curve, a cyclist was followed by two vehicles, then me. The cyclist couldn’t move over, there was no shoulder and it was a sheer drop beyond that. The first two vehicles got around the cyclist but when I tried, in stick-shift Versie, I stalled out, in the middle of the road. That’s when I panicked. The car behind me just drove around me, a car coming down the hill drove on the wrong side of the road and went around me. I was terrified. Billie saved the day, she gave instructions, we changed places, and she gunned it out of there. I was still shaking by the time we got to the top and it took a while to get out of the car.
Oh hurray, another uphill climb. But no stairs this time which I hoped would make it better.
4784 feet – Georgia’s highest point. A 360-degree view. On a clear day you can see four states. This would be east with a view of S Carolina:
Northwest to N Carolina and Tennessee:
Lake Chatuge which straddles Georgia and N Carolina. Hiawassee is a small town on the southeastern side. Our campground is 6 miles from town.