Rough Day At The Office

Rough Day At The Office
Sailing upwind in 22knots at the Louis Vuitton Trophy, Nice, France

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

John Muir's longest walk

On my way back from New Zealand I stopped off in Atlanta to stay with a friend and we went on a great hike in the Tallulah Gorge State Park It was one of the best walks I have been on in a long time and it is believed that well know American explorer John Muir walked through here.
On the way home we stumbled upon a very big junk yard full of old school buses and prison buses.
Tallulah Gorge State Park is located on the eastern edge of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in Tallulah Falls, Georgia. The gorge inside the park is approximately two miles long and 1,000 feet deep. When beginning the exploration, one should first visit the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center. The center is setup to educate visitors about historical facts surrounding Tallulah Gorge, and the animals found in the park.
Once outside, take the North Rim Trail to scenic view one. The trail is an easy one, as there are steps which take you down hill. The trail will wind up and then to the left, leading into a spectacular overlook of the gorge and falls.
The view can be overwhelming because the depth of the gorge at this point is 750 feet. Railings are in place to aid in safety, yet one must use caution when locating the waterfall below. Oceana Falls can be seen from here. The gorge encloses a total of six waterfalls.

The trail will eventually turn into a rubber surface when walking towards scenic view two. Amazingly this walking surface is made up of recycled tire rubber.

Once to scenic view two, one can either walk out onto a man made platform or walk down a staircase of 700 steps to a lower portion of the gorge. Either walk will allow a view of Tempesta Falls.
Further on the same trail, one can see scenic views three thru five. Notably scenic view four has the best view of the Tallulah Falls Dam.

Altogether there are ten scenic views which can be accessed by the walking trails. This exploration will take at least two hours to complete, but is well worth the experience.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland 2010

I know it has been a while since I have updated the blog, but I have been traveling half way around the world and now finally in my new home in Spain the internet has been turned on and I can upload images.
Auckland, New Zealand was yet another fantastic even with some outstanding sailing. The wind direction basically stayed the same, which allowed sailing almost inside the top part of the harbor. The next event in La Maddalena, Italy is not that far away and looking forward to a lot with the new scenery and turquoise blue water of the Med.