November 27, 2012

Sope Creek

We spent a lovely Thanksgiving week in Atlanta with our son and his family. 
One of many adventures featured a walk down Sope Creek, a branch of the Chattahoochee River and part of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. 
The trip involved lots of barefoot rock hopping,
a great blue heron,
and the ghostly ruins of a 19th century paper mill. 
The mill was built in 1855, utilizing the creek flow for power.  Burned down by Union troops during the Civil War, the mill was rebuilt a few years later and operated until 1902. 
After so much excitement, some of us were worn out!


  1. Your new header picture... well.. new to me anyway since I just noticed it today, it's really awesome.

    Looks like a nice place for a hike. And that napping pic of Jackson is so cute. What a silly nap position.

  2. Awww! nice to spend holidays with family.
    what a change in environment from Utah!
    but a great blue heron is just as good luck in Utah as in Georgia!
    - The Equestrian Vagabond

  3. It looks as if you had a great time in Atlanta. All your grandchildren are adorable. I think I would be tired after all that excitement as well.

  4. Looks like the weather was perfect for your southern vacation. That's some great rock hopping! I've been wanting to get down to Atlanta for a while and visit their zoo (I'm a panda fan). Did you go there by chance? How interesting to see a bit of Civil War history!

    Thanks for adding the e-mail widget. I'm signed up! ;-)


  5. Hi Janie, Wow---4 little kids??? Big job!!! Hope there is a Mama in that picture!!!!

    You were fairly close to us... I guess the Atlanta area is about 5-6 hours south of us...

    Looks like you had a great Thanksgiving...

    P.S. Love your header! Wow!!!

  6. What a marvellous trip. Love the shot of the rock jumping!

  7. Nice photos, I especially liked the big leap during the rock hopping and the two tired kids at the end of the day.

  8. Such a fun family outing. Love the jump shot. Some of the worn out just didn't get a buggy ride. ;)

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  10. "Wear them out so that they sleep" - it my consistent advice to new parents! We must have gone to the same school!

    Nice set of pictures.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  11. That last shot says it all beautiful photos

  12. Oh my, your grandkids sure are getting big.
    Making memories to last a lifetime.. Priceless!

  13. Wonderful family photos. They are so brave to hop across the rocks in bare feet. (I think my age is showing!)

  14. Looks like you all had a wonderful time at the creek. Marvelous photos!

  15. I'm so glad you were able to travel to see them at Thanksgiving. I BET you loved seeing all the kiddos. Love the photos, looks like so much fun!

  16. How lovely that you got to visit your family in Atlanta. Great pictures of your family, sweet photo of the sleeping babes. Interesting pictures of the mill too, with its civil war history. Thanks Janie!

  17. You can tell you're in the South when you spend Thanksgiving in short sleeves. Glad you had a good time!!

  18. Great post and the "WORN OUT" picture is fantastic....:)

  19. Your new header is stunning. What a beautiful place to spend Thanksgiving. I've spent 45 of them at -20* or colder.... how nice a holiday must be when it's warm.

  20. Janie this post puts a smile on my face! What adorable grands you have. I like that they're following the family tradition of hiking and enjoying the outdoors. All that leaping does make one tired. Love your Header!

  21. I have seen "The Hooch" many times but never heard of Sope Creek until now. Your pictures, especially the ones showing the ruins of the paper mill, tell me I have to check it out next time I am in or near Atlanta.



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