I woke early this morning (aided by 2 hungry cats and a dog), took a quick look at the weather forecast for the next few days (more rain), and decided that I just had to head to the mountains. After all, it's February and I'm in the pool business - It won't be long before things are far too busy to blow off work mid-week for a carefree trip up to my Appalachian playground. After consulting with my guide (aka Google) I picked a spot on the Appalachian Trail just north of Cleveland, GA that was perfect. We picked up the AT at Hogpen Gap and climbed over Wildcat Mountain and Cowrock Mountain, both of which had great views on this sunny, clear day. The skyline of Atlanta was even visible, over 100 miles to the south (It's amazing how quiet and peaceful a city with millions of people can look from a silent, faraway mountain top). We hung out for a bit on the summit of Cowrock before backtracking to the truck and heading home.
|we had a bit of snow left over from a late winter storm for the climb up|
|view of Cowrock Mtn. from the Wildcat summit. The large open "table" where we would later stop are just visible near the summit.|
|start of the climb up Cowrock Mtn. from Tesnatee Gap|
|southern Appalachian "glacier"|
|the AT near the Cowrock summit|
|view from the Cowrock Mtn. summit. Wildcat Mtn. on the far left.|