Monday, October 1, 2012

Field Trippin'....Mountain Style!

Welcome on our field trip to the North Georgia mountains!  In history we are studying the Gold Rush...did you know Georgia had it's own gold rush, only ten years prior to California?  In Dahlonega, we toured a gold mine.  NOT for the claustrophobic!

There were bats in there as well.  Not flying around, thank goodness!

Then we tried our hand at panning for gold.  We all wound up with a vial of little gold pieces and a few small gemstones- amethyst as well as peridot.

Then we had a picnic lunch at Amicolola Falls!  The weather was the mid-60's and very Fallish!  This picture was taken from the top of the falls...I love the view.

You can walk down the steps to view the falls....many, many steps! 

Ain't it purty?

20 minutes or so up the road is Ellijay, Georgia.  We stopped at an apple orchard to pick some apples.
And sampled one or three during picking...

I love living in Georgia!  In just a matter of hours you can be at the beach, in the mountains, in a busy, bustling city or in a tiny, rural farming community.

And I love being able to reinforce our lessons with hands-on field trips like this!


  1. Looks like fun! We visited Amicalola Falls and an apple orchard when we stayed in the mountains a few years ago. We also visited a huge pumpkin patch. There's so much to do and see up that way. And -- yes, the STAIRS! Try doing it with a two-year-old. LOL! I think Brian ended up carrying him most of the way, which was not fun!

  2. Love it! My homeschool group is heading to Amicalola next week. I love that place!! We did an awesome "birds of prey" show there last year - got up close with owls, hawks and buzzards. Then we went exploring the stream and caught all sorts of critters. And finally, the hike. $8 well spent! Looking forward to it all over again. I'm glad y'all had so much fun. The gold mining looks cool! ; ) Lisa w