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CONTAIN THAT FUNK!! (and other tips for hitchhiking along the Appalachian Trail)

Hitchhiking is a topic that comes up at the Hiker Hostel regularly this time of year. At some point during an AT thru-hike, everyone will hitchhike into a town (unless, of course, you’re attempting to set an unsupported Fastest Known Time).  Recently on a  shuttle to the trail, I realized I actually had a lot […]

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Arctic Explosion!!

Dahlonega may be considered “The South”, but because of our location in the mountains, Mother Nature’s wrath can hit hard. Over the past couple of days the North Georgia Mountains have been experiencing bitter cold, fierce winds and an icy mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow. With the last “arctic blast”, which moved into […]

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There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills

…at least that’s what Mark Twain said!  What was actually said by mint assayer Matthew Stephenson during his famous speech in which he asked miners to stay in Georgia was: “Why go to California? In that ridge lies more gold than man ever dreamt of. There’s millions in it!” There’s a lot more to the […]

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Exploring Dukes Creek Falls

On New Years Day we ventured over to check out the short trail to Dukes Creek Falls. While we have visited the next-door neighbor, Raven Cliff Falls, more times than I can count, this was our first time here. At the trailhead are bathrooms and several picnic tables, as well as a fantastic view of […]

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Horseback Riding in Dahlonega

I haven’t been on a horse since I was about 13 years old…just staying ON my horse today would better my last experience. For those of you who don’t know, in addition to owning the Hiker Hostel, I (this is Leigh, by the way) also do a bit of guiding for a wonderful company, Adventures […]

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