This past month, Kay spent a week exploring the North Georgia Mountains with her uncle in the small town of Blairsville, Georgia.
She began her journey by catching a train very early in the morning out of her hometown of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. This was her first solo train trip, so the nine hour trek north-east up and into the heart of Atlanta, Georgia seemed to be a lot shorter than it actually was. After experiencing a few minor delays, she arrived in Atlanta around nine o’clock that evening. From there, she took a car another hour and a half north, finally reaching the small town of Blairsville late that night.
She spent one (very cold and very rainy!) week exploring some of the sights that Blairsville and the surrounding towns had to offer. This included a visit to the highest point in Georgia (known as the Brasstown Bald), shopping and dining out in the tourist town of Blue Ridge, and viewing an antique car show in the heart of Blairsville after eating lunch at the first (and hopefully only) armadillo-themed restaurant she has ever been to. She was also able to hike out to see a reproduction of a giant water mill on one day of her trip.
Despite the fact that living on a mountain meant that cellular service and wifi-connections were scarce, she had the chance to do a lot of writing and reading, which she considered to be a pretty okay trade-off. At the end of the week, she cut across the Blood Mountain and hopped aboard a southbound train headed back to Hattiesburg.
Her plans for the rest of the summer remain undetermined, but she’s hoping they’ll include many more adventures like this one!