Friday, May 26, 2017

Sweetwater Creek

With temps rising our adventuring dies back a bit, however we got a fun short notice trip this past weekend. Some friends rented a yurt at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Georgia and we split the cost with them. We hadn't been to the park before, we don't often explore Georgia or drive more than 4 hours for our little adventures. This park is worth a return, I really want to hike the trails and get better pictures.
The back porch of our yurt
We arrived around dinner time Friday night and after a quick pepper and onion burrito dinner we all went on a short hike before dark. I am so glad we did since much of the weekend was rainy and Hubby and I didn't make it to the trails again.

 Sweetwater Creek houses the ruins of a civil war era textile mill that was burned by Sherman's troops. The mill is only about half a mile down an easy trail. I apologize for the quality of the photos, it was just before dark and I was pushing the zoom on my little pocket camera.

The mill has a fence around it to protect it and people from each other but this overlook gave some great views.

If you are a Hunger Games fan these ruins may look familiar, parts of Mockingjay Part 1 were filmed here.

There was a candlelight tour of the mill to be held the Saturday evening while we were there but unfortunately it was rainy and bad thunderstorms rolled in that evening. 

Some critter was an accomplished fisher, these little shells littered the shore.
 The river was a wonderful sight, with all the rocks it reminded me much of visiting my family in Washington State.

Saturday morning we slipped into our pirate gear and drove to the Georgia Renaissance Fest. Traffic was unbelievable, it took our friends an hour to get in to park, so after about 20 minutes of bumper to bumper traffic only moving a few inches at a time we took a side street and explored the historic district of a cute little town. We did some treasure hunting in an antique mall and I found a few nice jewelry pieces. Down a few shops we found a sports bar with a Gizmo totem out front, yes we got photos with Gizmo.

Our stomachs were rumbling so when we came across a local pizza joint we gave it a try. Hubby and I both ordered calzones and we were blown away, we haven't had calzones that good since our favorite little hole in the wall joint closed a few years back. If you are ever near Fairburn Georgia stop into Oz Pizza, your stomach will thank you. After lunch and a cider we got back in line for the ren fest. It still took us about 20-30 minutes to get in but at least we were well fed.

More photos from our weekend adventure coming soon.

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