|Helton Creek Falls, GA|
I got an email from Amazon that my package ( a pie plate) had arrived at the Amazon Locker at the Quik Mart in Gainesville. They send you a bar code that you photograph with your phone. then show it to the camera at the locker. They also include a number in case the photo doesn't work. Of course I had to try the photo! Worked perfectly! The lockers are actually lockers outside the Quik Mart, so I guess you can pick up your package any time. When you scan the photo, a door pops open with your package behind it. Pretty nifty, and it will make it much easier for me to order from Amazon while on the road. Not sure that is a good thing since I tend to save money while traveling because of the difficulty getting packages.
I started today's photos with one I took last night. The lake looked interesting with the full moon. Lots more photos at today's LakeshoreImages page.
From the Quik Mart I put some more waterfalls in the GPS and headed north. I never found the first one - Dicks Creek Falls. The GPS put me in front of someone's house. The next stop was a couple of cascades on Bogg's Creek along side US 129. If you want the exact location, the full size linked image for each thumbnail has the GPS data attached.
Helton Creek Falls has multiple sections, as does the lower Desoto Creek Falls (which is not on Desoto Creek). The Upper & Lower Desoto Falls are a bit misleading. it is only 1/4 mile to the Lower Falls, however it is almost all uphill. While the Upper Desoto Falls is 3/4 of a mile from the trailhead, it is mostly level, and a far easier haul. Again, the upper Desoto Creek Falls is not on Desoto Creek; it is on Frogtown creek. Both pretty waterfalls, and both have lots of cascades along the streams below them. There is a campground at the Desoto Recreation area - the Chestatee Knoll Campground. Dry camping with vault toilets & fresh water. I talked with the host, and he has been hosting for the last 8 years. I can see why. A pretty location along a babbling stream.
There are signs all over the place letting you know that you are in Bear Country. I included a photo of a bear clawed tree. I was told they are looking for insects since the berries are not out yet. Almost every group of hikers I met asked if I had seen a bear. The funny thing is the answers when I said no. Half were glad, and the other half annoyed - they wanted to see one.
I got back to the trailer around 6:00, and tired enough that it was a quick microwaved dinner, a Boston Market Orange Chicken dinner. Even after the second one I decided I like them. I'll throw another in the freezer when I find one.