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Fall 2014

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

There's gold in them thar hills.....

In 1828 Dahlonega was the site of the first major gold rush in the United States. The Dahlonega Gold History Museum stands in the middle of the town square, housed in the old Lumpkin County Courthouse built in 1836. From its steps in 1849,  Dr. M.F. Stephenson tried to persuade miners to stay in Dahlonega instead of joining the California Gold Rush, saying, "There's millions in it," famously misquoted as "There's gold in them thar hills."

Catherine Ellis and I visited "them thar hills" this past weekend to see her Godmother and one of my best friends, Wren, for a girls weekend!  It was the first trip for Catherine Ellis and I together without Caroline and it was wonderful to spend good one-on-one time with her.  She's a hoot most of the time!  It's a bit of a drive from Alabama - 4 hours - but well worth it to spend time with Wren and in the beautiful North Georgia mountains.  Fall is starting to peak there, so the colors were amazing!  We attended their town festival "Gold Rush" on Saturday - it takes places on the town square and spent time with Wren's sweet family.  We stayed at Camp Glisson - the Methodist Church Camp where Wren worked many college summers.  Camp was amazing - I've always (and will always be) been partial to Camp McDowell, but Camp Glisson is just as beautiful and different.

Our cabin was quaint and the perfect size for us - we slept well, ate well and had a wonderful time with a wonderful friend!  We visited an apple orchard Sunday morning before heading home and Catherine Ellis had a blast.  It was a BIG weekend for a little girl.  We might just have to make this an annual trip!  Thank you for hosting us Wren - we can't wait to see you again soon!

Catherine Ellis on the square in Dahlonega

 Catherine Ellis and Wren at Camp Glisson

 View from the amphitheater - our cabin is the red cabin you see through the trees

Enjoying the beauty of Camp Glisson

 Cane Creek Falls - the picture does not do it justice - it's amazing!

 Wren helping Catherine Ellis take a photo of the falls

Couldn't get enough of the Falls
Cutest little girl ever - in front of Cane Creek Falls

Ringing the camp bell

 View from our cabin in the morning - stunning!

 First agenda item of the day at Gold Rush - get our face painted - 
she picked the tiger all by herself!

 Love this expression ....


Chinese Checkers - or "Balls" as Catherine Ellis called the game

 The girls in front of our cabin

 Ridin' in style

 The huge bounce pillow at the orchard; she was in heaven!

  The amazing bounce pillow - it was super cool!  
Everyone needs one for their backyard!

 The bungee jump was next ... loved this too.  
Mom didn't love the price $7 people!  I had to borrow money from Wren!

Getting ready to go "high in the sky"

Pretty high - she loved it!

Spot on!

 Cool little mama on her hot-rod tractor

 Catherine Ellis's first stage debut - clogging ...

 Look closely - in the middle - Catherine Ellis is milking her first cow .. giddy up

 One worn out little girl - a certain sign she's had a good time
 - she never sleeps in the car

 We love you Coo-Coo Wren!!!  Thank you for a wonderful girls weekend!!

Take My Little Hand
Hold It As I Grow
Teach Me of His Love
And All That Love Bestows
Keep Me In Your Prayers
And Your Tender Care
Guide Me in My Faith
Encourage Me To Share
I Know That I Am Blessed
You’re My Gift From Above
My Angel Here On Earth
Godmama Wren You Are Loved!

1 comment:

  1. This weekend looks like so much fun. What a treat for all three of you. And my word, CE never ceases to amaze me with her bravery. I cannot believe she harnessed up in that giant bouncy thing! Oh my word, that's brave.