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    03-10-2014, 11:50 AM
Pine Log Wildlife Management area in Nort. Georgia

Saturday was such a wonderful day here in North Georgia. The sky was brilliant blue and hardly a cloud in it! Temps in the high 60 and low 70's.

We(Hubby and I) got up at our normal time and decided to ride at Garland Mountain which is about 45 minutes away. It is just over the county line in Cherokee County on Hwy 140. We loaded up our shedding filthy mares Maci and Maggie.

When we turned off Hwy 140 onto the road going up, up to Garland Mountain trailhead/parking lot everything seemed normal. Hubby even said, maybe we are here early enough that we will beat the crowd that I am sure will be here today". Well on the last turn to the parking lot we saw a homemade sign on a road cone that said "Garland Mountain Race". We both looked at one another and said "uh oh" Sure enough as soon as we got within sight of the parking lot it was COVERED up in cars and folks running around in short shorts!!! Gerrrrrr!

We pulled up to the entrance of the parking lot and asked the volunteer to move the cones so we could pull up and back around to get out of the craziness!!

On the way down the road, back the way we had come I called a buddy and asked about a place that I knew could be ridden but had never been there. Pine Log Wildlife Management Area. He gave us directions and away we went. When we got to Hwy 411 we turned south, traveling about 5 miles to the small community of White. We turned where designated and found the Ranger check in station. It just so happened that I had a map of this area in my map case so I dug it out. We parked, saddled up and took off up the mountain on an old gravel road.

After going about 1 mile we heard some heavy equipment. As we got closer we realized that they were logging timber out of this area, there was a skidder, bulldozer and a machine that rips the limbs off the trees when they push/pull the tree thru it. I thought to myself... oh boy!!

My Maci is 5 years old and a very sensible mare, Hanks Maggie is not quite 4 and is Maci's 1/2 sister and so far has been extremely level headed except when it comes to those ear/neck/head eating clippers. We topped the last rise before we could actually see the equipment working. We had been hearing it for several minutes and the horses were just very interested and looking for the noise.

They both just stood stock still watching the bulldozer work it way from one side of the road then across the road and pull trees to the other side where the limb trimmer was. We watched the bull dozer work then stepped forward and they could see the other machine pick up a tree push it into the machine that rips the limbs off. It makes a different noise and they both flinched but stood their ground. Good GIRLS!!! We watched for about 5 minutes, there was lots of things to look at with all the trees flying high in the air, bulldozers pushing down and pulling along. They then walked forward when we asked, it was a very slow walk, but a walk none the less!!

When we got by all that excitement we came upon trucks with men in them and then came upon a bulldozer sitting still not running and a machine that has a hook on the front to grab trees and pull them along. We let the girls walk up to them and look/smell them. Then along the road we went.

About 30 minutes after the timber excitement we came upon the prettiest little creek that had a perfect lunch spot.. We decided to come back there to eat if we didn't find anything better. We rode on thru some closed to traffic gates and enjoyed our ride up and around the management area. We didn't get to explore side roads, so we will go back to explore more.

We did find more creeks, but nothing compared to that first pretty one. So we rode back and had a wonderful lunch beside a beautiful babbling brook!!! After lunch we rode a little more and then headed on out.

The timber guys were still hard at work, naturally since we were riding toward them from a different direction it was all brand new!! They once again, just stopped LOOKED and LOOKED. There was a new thing going on... there were trees flying very high into the air hanging from a machine that picked them up from one side, swung around and placed them into a truck. It was funny seeing trees flying so high in the air! The girls did GREAT!!! They stopped, looked and calmly walked on. They both almost broke their necks turning from side to side looking at everything. There were more men in trucks and actually 2 bulldozers working along with some kind of bulldozer type thing that was working near the claw that picked up the trees. The men in the truck almost scared them when the truck door opened unexpectedly. Other than that I could not have ASKED for better behaved horses. What could have been a rodeo, turned into a wonderful learning experience!!

We now have a new place to go ride and plan to go back very soon!

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    03-11-2014, 06:29 AM
Originally Posted by RhondaLynn    
So we rode back and had a wonderful lunch beside a beautiful babbling brook!!!
So, you had lunch with my niece? Feel the need to correct the spelling though, it is Brooke. I am curious as to how a 3 year old chatterbox got to Georgia, though. All kidding aside, I am glad you had a geat ride with your hubs.
I am excited because my DW is on spring break this week, and she is coming to the town I work at during the week, and I am taking a day off so we can ride to gether for the first time in a long time. I will be glad when this job is done, and I am at home full time instead of just weekends.
    03-11-2014, 08:32 AM
Hey 6gun, where in Texas are you???

I was born and raised in South Texas, Edna, Yoakum to be exact. I moved out here because my hubby's farm couldn't be moved to Texas... I really have been in Georgia more than I was in Texas.. but you know.. you can take the girl out of Texas, but can't take Texas out of the girl!!! My family is still there and I go visit all I can.

    03-13-2014, 07:27 AM
I am in Huntsvlle at the present (for work) and will be full time in DFW area after my transfer happens in September. I have spent a lot of time hunting ducks and geese in Edna and Ganado.
    03-13-2014, 08:13 AM
Good to hear from you 6gun... do you work for the Prisons system??? Is it still in Huntsville??
My daughter-in-law is from the DFW area.. specifically Grapevine. I have only been in the DFW area a couple of times.. I am a true country girl and rarely go to big cities... I hate Houston!!
Here in Georgia we live in a small community and I work in a small town (school system). When I go shopping (which I hate) I go to Atlanta or Chattanooga. I hate driving in cities!! IF I lived in a town, in a neighborhood with next door neighbors..... I think I would DIE!! I love living out in the middle of nowhere and our small community is getting to the point we actually need a red light.

Good talking to you. Next time you are going thru Edna, yell out the window "hello from Rhonda"

    03-16-2014, 03:58 AM
I came to Huntsville in 1987, to go to SHSU, I just never left. I worked for the prison for 10 years. Then I got married, had kids, got divorced. With kids here I never left, although I always wanted to. Then 4 years ago I met the woman who turned out to be the love of my life. Only problem is she lives in the Dallas area, and we made our life together. I work here during the week as a dialysis nurse, and I run up I-45 on the weekends to be with my hunny and step daughter. My son graduates in June, so I am transferring to a clinic in the dfw area in September.
I think that covers all the bases in my little soap opera, when you come to visit your daughter call us, we will have a bbq. Oddly enough I was born in Americus, Ga. While my folks were visiting my grandparents, and I lived there for 4 years between 8 and 12 with my grandparents, and it was my granddad who taught me about horses.
    03-16-2014, 08:51 PM
Green Broke
Rhonda, you asked about trails with cabins in nw Florida . I couldn't find any with cabins, but remembered Kitty's Crossroads up in Cottondale. It is right off of 231 just below the Al. Stateline. Here is the link to their site. They have RV's they rent while you stay there and ride the trails. Supposedly there is access to 500 acres to ride on, but I haven't been up there to ride yet.

Kitty's Crossroads - Home
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    03-16-2014, 09:35 PM
I live about 60 miles north of Americus.
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    03-17-2014, 01:41 PM







IMAG2053.jpgThis past weekend hubby and I went BACK to Pine Log WMA to explore a little more. We didn't leave the house till late (about 10:00). We parked again at the Ranger Station, unloaded and saddled up.

The loggers were not working today so there was no near rodeo or anything, the girls (Maci & Maggie) just looked at all the equipment. We walked up to several of the big machines and let them look and smell of them.

When we got to the fork in the road about 2 miles in we chose the right hand fork, going up that old gravel/dirt road for approximately 5-6 miles. We saw several places on the creek that were beautiful. Many had "camp sites" that had been used. One actually had hay spread around so whoever camped there had a horse. The road stayed fairly close to the creek most of the way. When it looked like the road was going away from the creek we turned around and went on one of the other roads that split off. The roads had a couple of places that had big gravel but most of it was gravel that had almost disappeared into the mud/dirt.
We had a very good ride just exploring a new area. Went down several dead end trails.
We headed back toward the truck when we decided to stop for lunch (very late lunch) and discovered a civil war era Iron Furnace. I looked it up online and there are several in the south. We ate lunch beside the creek that the furnace is on and enjoyed looking it over. If you want to look the furnace up google Stamp Creek Iron Furnace.
I am going to attempt to follow directions and post some photos of Pine Loge WMA and the Iron Furnace.

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    03-27-2014, 12:00 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Roadyy    
Rhonda, you asked about trails with cabins in nw Florida . I couldn't find any with cabins, but remembered Kitty's Crossroads up in Cottondale. It is right off of 231 just below the Al. Stateline. Here is the link to their site. They have RV's they rent while you stay there and ride the trails. Supposedly there is access to 500 acres to ride on, but I haven't been up there to ride yet.

Kitty's Crossroads - Home
Looked at the website, this looks like good fun! If they allow dogs I may bring the crew, I've been looking for a place to go for some R&R with my horse.
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