ATLANTA, October 5, 2012 -- No one ever plans to get lost in the woods, but it does sometimes happen. Each year, Georgia’s park rangers spend numerous hours searching for hikers who did not return on time, slipped on waterfalls, got off the trail or encountered other problems.
“Most of the time, our guests are just running late or they’ve gotten slightly off course,” said Danny Tatum, manager of Tallulah Gorge State Park and chief of the Department of Natural Resources’ Search and Rescue Team. “And sometimes they’ve forgotten to call home. But occasionally people really are in a bad situation and need help from rescue personnel.”
With so many people heading to the mountains for leaf watching this fall, park rangers have offered the following tips for a fun and safe journey. To find trails ranging from easy, paved paths to more challenging hikes, visitGeorgiaStateParks.org.
Check out all the entries in the first annual Boo-Who? Scarecrow contest, hosted by The Burnt Mountain Trading Company. Want to see them in person? Just walk around downtown Jasper, where they will be displayed until November 1. 1st Place went to Cherokee Valley Ranch, 2nd to PHS Wrestling Team and 3rd to Madeline's Cafe & Bakery.
Talking Rock man to run across country for Alzheimer's
Jack Fussell has set a goal of running from Georgia to California beginning in January. He will use a stroller similar to this one on his journey.
Invoking the spirit of Forrest Gump, Terry Fox and Ashley Kumlien, Talking Rock resident Jack Fussell has decided he wants to run all the way across the country – by himself.
“I was an insurance agent and was on the road a lot and ate all the wrong things - fast food, McDonald’s. I was pretty heavy for 25 years,” Fussell said, who peaked at nearly 300 pounds before having a serious health issue that encouraged him to lead a healthier life.
Jasper Mayor John Weaver and city employees Richard Simmons and Gary Poole stand atop a half-finished waterfall at the Duck Pond. Other crew members were at the quarry.
The renovation at the Jasper City Park that began as a one-month endeavor has been extended to what Jasper Mayor John Weaver estimates could be as long as three months.
But, Weaver reported to city council at their October meeting on Monday, the wait will be worth it.