RAs to Bent Tree
Jun 5, 2004
We had our traditional pancake breakfast at Mableton First Baptist at 8 AM and headed out to Bent Tree for fishing and swimming. The above is our end-of-the-day picture on the dam.
Michael Callihan makes a flying leap off the cliff into the pool below the waterfall. The waterfall below the spillway and the pool below it have become a favorite place for the RAs. This is our first trip to Bent Tree this summer.
The waterfall comes partly from the spillway on the left, and from a pipe deeper in the lake on the right. The deeper water is much colder, so when you were under the falls you could stick your hands in the water and one hand would be in much warmer water. On t his day the average was quite cold so it was a bit of a shock the first time you jumped into the water.
Ron and Michael Callihan, Michael York on the rocks at the far side of the pool below the falls.
Franco fishes with his father watching. Fishing in the lake was the other activity of choice on this trip. Franco caught a bream and was very pleased.
The stream from the lake and a background view of Big Stump Mountain. The two towers on the top make a line which points to our house just down the mountain from the shorter tower. We can see the lake through the trees from the house in winter, but not in summer. One of our regular RA hikes in the Fall and Winter is up to those towers and on up to the top of Oglethorpe Mountain.
It was a beautiful day and lots of folks were out enjoying it. This group stopped to let their horses drink at the spillway, just a few feet from our lunch spot.
We got the extraordinary opportunity to watch a pileated woodpecker close to the creek below the falls. It was apparently a young one. It had brilliant plumage and was not very much afraid of us. It was pecking at some rotted logs and let us get within about 30 feet of it.
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