After Amicalola Falls, we went to the Bigfoot Museum! A large permanant collection of genuine Bigfoot artifacts, life-sized dioramas, sighting maps, a theater and a room that is all Boggy Creek! LOL, the feces sample was “collected while steaming warm.”
The tallest waterfall in Georgia, 729′! This was my second time seeing these impressive, cascading falls and I will not soon forget it, my thighs were sore from those stairs for days afterwards! Hahaaa.
My high school art teacher gave me a Speedball blockprinting kit for graduation and I still use it today, 18 years later. The inks are long gone of course, but whenever I carve and print a simple design, I’m reminded of her encouragement. I woke up Wednesday, excited that my state flipped the senate. By the afternoon, I felt sick to my stomach. Hahahaaa, what an UNEASY shitshow! There are more actions I can take, but for now, I’m doing small things that feel good, like sending out a few postcards to stay in touch with loved ones. Hope y’all are doing finding ways to take care and hang tough!
1 Second Everyday for 2020! This was a horrific, sad, and uncertain year for mankind collectively, but a not-terrible year for me personally. I ran over 100 miles, swam with manatees, saw over a dozen waterfalls, got more tan and freckled than I have in years, almost drowned, sold the house, bought a new car, overcame gut issues, bought a new face and body, went caving in Kentucky, watched a lot of Charles Bronson movies, baked over 20 galettes. All of this (plus the stability of an apartment and full-time work) kept me from spiraling into my own negative thoughts. ALSO my housemates adopted two puppies who bring me immense joy. I’m so thankful for all my wonderful supportive friends and my cats in this time. I’m not upset that I’d planned on doing a lot of things last year that I couldn’t get to. Phew. Happy New Year!
It feels a little pointless to set resolutions for 2021, or plan for the future, or focus on selfish pursuits in the face of a raging pandemic and gross injustice. I’m awkwardly trying to find balance here. Setting goals has always been motivational to me, so I wrote down a bunch this year but I’m not pretending they are solid plans. Who knows?! I do not believe in manifesting money or love or career success, but I do believe there is value in finding things to look forward to. I hope everyone is able to find peace and worthwhile endeavors in this crazy year ahead of us!
What makes the Bamboo Forest so special to me is that it feels like a hidden gem within Atlanta. I hiked the East Palisades Trail by myself a couple times after my pre-op appointments and it is truly one of the better nature preserves in the area. There are some steep portions of the hike, but it’s only a couple miles to the forest and there are wonderful views of the Chattahoochee River throughout. Merry Christmas!
November was a tough month, but I took time to work on myself and I’m grateful for a lot of things. I spent a long weekend cuddling animals, eating THREE Thanksgiving dinners and too much dessert (I am most thankful for good friends dropping off food to me!). This was also my first year picking and shelling pecans. They are everywhere in Athens! I made candy turtles which are so easy to make and addictive to snack on.
The hospital was founded in 1842 as the Georgia State Lunatic, Idiot, and Epileptic Asylum. But, like Satan, it went by several names during its long history. The facility had grown into the largest mental hospital in the world by the 1960s and quality declined as patient numbers swelled. Rumors spread of mistreatment and the hospital slowly closed through the 1970s through 2010. Today, the campus includes many abandoned buildings, a prison, and 2,000 markers in the nearby Cedar Lane Cemetery to memorialize roughly 25,000 unknown dead. I’m lucky to have walked around the grounds a couple times, first with Dean when we moved to Athens, then again with Erin on a trip down to Dublin.
2020, 2018, 2016
A striking granite monument on a lonely hill in Elberton. I like to think of the Guidestones as my state’s own Doomsday Stonehenge, and it felt like a fine time to revisit them. I drove out into a clear, black-skied pre-dawn to catch the sunrise. As the light started to creep in, there were miles of starling murmations overhead. The swarms started to leave just as the sun finished rising- an eerie and magical morning.
This was my third time visiting the Guidestones, I didn’t plan it but I guess I go every two years. Today was my first time going alone without Erin. Here we are in 2018 and 2016 (plus Dean!):
The stones went up in 1980, they remain enigmatic in origin and meaning. The guidelines are written in eight different languages (English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese and Russian). They advise:
• Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
• Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity.
• Unite humanity with a living new language.
• Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason.
• Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
• Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
• Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
• Balance personal rights with social duties.
• Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.
• Be not a cancer on the Earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature.
Every day at noon, the sun shines thru a hole in the granite and illuminates the day’s date on an engraving.