Friday, April 26, 2013
Annual Road Trip South - Day Six
Today Bill and I "did" Tallulah Gorge. Such a beautiful day with clear blue skies and a mild crisp temperatures, how could we not?
We left early this morning from the hotel after a breakfast of normal waffles (the regular breakfast hostess was back) and cheese omelet and sausage. No orange juice though, still had that rusty tin can in the container.
We're only about thirty miles from the Tallulah State park. By the way, the famous actress Tallulah Bankhead was named after her great-grandmother who was named after the Tallulah Falls. Tallulah Gorge was NOT named after Tallulah Bankhead, regardless of how often she told that story.
Bill and I visited Tallulah Falls a couple of years ago but we didn't descend the stairs to the suspended bridge. We did that this morning. What a thrill! Just fabulous.
However, I have to admit I have developed a minor case of fear of heights in my advanced years. Today was a good test of that fear. Another problem I had was descending those stairs. I'm afraid my knees are weaker than I thought. No video will be shown of me struggling like an old man climbing those stairs.
It's late now and Bill and I want to get off to an early start tomorrow morning. We're twelve hours from home base in Milton, Delaware. We're not going to make the trip in one day but split it up in two days. We hope to make eight hours tomorrow and reach the Hampton in in Suffolk, Virginia. That way on Saturday we only have to travel up the Delmarva peninsula and thus deliver our rental van back to Enterprise before they close at 12 pm.
This has been quite a vacation. From starting out bad when my distant cousin threatened me and banned me from "stepping foot" on his parent's property (to interview them for my genealogy records and to introduce them to my cousin Bob T. and his wife Marie) to today where Bill and I had a truly delightful time. We also were able to go into Toccoa for lunch again. Bill does so enjoy visiting his hometown. I am glad we had the opportunity to do so several times. We've done it so often now it is beginning to feel like his home again.