So, the wife and I are celbrating this weekend 7 years of marriage and 12 years total of being together
We are booked for Vogel State Park in Blairsville, GA. Per google maps it is approximately 4.5 hours drive from our home location of Birmingham, AL.
We are booked for friday through monday. My wife gets off of work Thursday at 9pm. My dad and step mom are keeping our two kids for the weekend.
I spoke to a person via phone from Vogel and was told that check in is at 1pm but could as early as 11am or 12pm pick up a spot.
If I leave b-ham at 7am (central time) I would perhaps arrive between 1pm-2pm (would hit ATL area about 10am). If I try to shoot for earlier I risk hitting (I presume?) ATL traffic around that beltway making that nearly pointless? Any advise about this drive?
I was last night toying around with the idea of just taking off thursday night, get Just around ATL, and find a place to park and sleep just overnight, then get up and easily get to the CG early for my prime pick? I have absolutely no idea at this point where I would park and camp...it would I presume be too hot to dry camp at a gas station or a WM...but its a possibility if someone has a good recommendation...yeah this is sounding a bit too ambitous aint it, lol...
We booked a quick 2 hour white water rafting trip for sunday at the ocoee river over near blue ridge, TN for sunday...we are really excited about that...other plans so far are perhaps a half day hike one day, swimming at the lake, grilling, and just relaxing etc...MAYBE will do a float trip on hiwasee river if we get bored with just R&R (doubtful)...
I hope to see some lovely wildlife and such and shoot some memorable nature photos...I spoke with skatiero (Katie) and they recently were there (just missed them
) and saw a tiny baby bear...I would die to get within reach of that shot...albeit at a safe distance and not be eaten (my long lens is 70-200 f4).
Will bring the mountain bikes for a bit of riding if there are fun trails there (we chill ride, nothing intense).
In looking at the map, if I am able to shoot for one of the spots around #50 spot in the CG, that looks prime? are there any terrible spots to avoid if possible? I have a reservation but they are first come first serve choice.
Any fun shopping in that area worth checking out?
We will try and find a nice place to dine out one night perhaps...hopefull nice, but nuthin "too fancy"...recommendations?
Recommendations, tips, etc are GREATLY appreciated....SO EXCITED! It is rare we are child free...its going to feel weird.