Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Amicola - run to the Inn

To all those who have already discovered the Inn at Amicola Falls state park - you must remember the joy of arriving there for the first time.

This weekend, I was excited about an adventure, but hesitant as well. Recently, because of the added stress from planning the wedding, I had not returned to the woods since I had run Coosa at Vogel (only 1 direction - note to GUTS hardcores!), and I was feeling out of shape. In addition, the heat had been impacting my miles and the amount of time I was outside when I had tried to run on pavement. However, as I have posted before, after an hour running to the Inn from the visitor center parking lot, I felt centered and full of gratitude for being back among the sounds and smells of a Georgia forest.

When we arrived at the Inn, I was taken aback by its simplicity, and of course, its coolness (there was a strong breeze when I was resting on the front covered porch). I immediately wanted to book a night to stay there - and, as was noted in my earlier post, in the FALL!

SO, here is the end of summer and time on the beach in the flat land, and a beginning ode to fall and the hills and cool breezes and changing landscape.

(brief aside: I do LOVE the summer for its long nights, time at the beach and a respite from (as much) mountain climbing, but August is painful in Georgia)

2 comments:

David Ray said...

Is that the Hike Inn? I'm impressed if you ran there in an hour. In August. :)

Rosemary said...

Yes, it is the hike inn - ha! thanks; it was a great run & such a treat when you get the lodge!!