Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rabun Bald, GA: Missing The Sunrise

The plan was to arise at 3 a.m. to drive from South Carolina to Georgia to see the sunrise from the fire tower at Rabun Bald, GA. We ended up getting lost. What could have been an hour and forty minute trip to the hiking trail turned into a three hour trip. For a good part of the three hours I was car sick. We were winding around gravel roads. We in fact missed the sunrise. I thought it was hilarious that we missed it after getting up at 3 a.m. to see it. I was also very glad that we did not have to make the hike in the dark, in unfamiliar territory with the threats of bears, snakes, and insects. We will probably go back another time for a sunrise or sunset there. I think I will enjoy one of those now that we have seen the trail in the daylight. Although what we hiked was short in comparison, we found out there was a half marathon going on which included our trail while we were adventuring. The runners were very friendly and added a peppiness to our day. When we got to the top of the fire tower we could see many mountains, the beautiful sky, and clouds! I took pictures with our phone as usual. Our friend Qing also took pictures. Her pictures are brighter, taken with a fancy camera. Our hiking group included Qing, Ivan, and Vijay, who are some of Anthony's friends from CEDAR (Clemson Engineering Design Applications Research), Anthony's friend James from UBC (University Baptist Church), and our family.