We forgot our camera again. I don't know what's wrong with us. I have a few shots from my phone I'll share here, but when I bemoaned the lack of camera Jeremiah said "good, I don't want to post a bunch of pictures of this place and then, when we go to rent it again, find out I've been cock-blocked by one of my friends".
We had a nice drive up Friday afternoon, and when we arrived, and took a moment to get our breath back upon seeing the view, we became reasonably sure that it was, indeed, an eagle we saw swooping around in the distance. I always think it's really a turkey buzzard or vulture, but I've seen those things in flight...pretty sure that was an eagle. The cabin faces due east, with an entire wall of windows that look out over the mountains. There's a hottub out on the deck, there, and we sat in it and drank wine while we stargazed. On the second evening, we watched Jupiter rise over the mountain. The moon, nearly new, made its appearance in the wee hours of the morning, and when we awoke, without even getting out of bed, we had a perfect view of the sliver of moon remaining, while the sky was all purple and star-filled.
Saturday morning, as we prepared to take a short hike, we got to watch 4, no 5, no 6 hawks downright frolicking just above the cabin's roof. They were circling at various altitudes above us, allowing us to just hang out and watch. Then we saw a bluetailed skink on the front wall of the cabin. Lots of little lizards out there, too.
We spent some time in Helen, which, if you're not familiar, is a funny little town. Originally a mill town, things started to go south when all the trees had been cut down (they're back), so a few guys got together and made themselves a tourist attraction out of their town. It's a little German village that sort of looks like the ski resort in Hottub Time Machine. There is, indeed, some very cool stuff there - a great country store called Betty's, an outdoor adventure company that does tubing on the Chattahoochee River, a wonderful coffee roastery, a grain mill that still uses the original parts...but we spent about an hour in the town and we were pretty much done. Why bother when there's that cabin filled with wine and food waiting for us?