Last week, we had the opportunity to host a blogger from the Atlanta area. Several weeks ago, Cynthia from My Curly Mess reached out to inquire about the Airstream. We were so happy to host Cynthia and her husband! They were the sweetest people! Cynthia and her hubby were such good sports regarding the weather. This month, April has decided to welcome the "Dogwood Winter" and the "Blackberry Winter," bringing way too many cold days. They didn't let that stop them from enjoying their stay. Just today, she posted an amazing recap of their stay at the Airstream. One of the many things I loved about her post is that just an hour and half from the busy city of Atlanta, one can find a relaxing retreat to unplug and recharge. I not only hope that our guests can find that relaxation at the Airstream or the Geodome, but also in our cozy little mountain town of Ellijay. There are many wineries, antique shops, farms, and hiking trails to enjoy in Ellijay. If you don't already, head over to the Gilmer Chamber of Commerce to receive updated on events in Ellijay. Don't forget to visit Cynthia's blog "My Curly Mess" to read about her stay at the Airstream!
Have you ever been to Carter's Lake? If not, you are missing out! Carter's Lake is a beautiful. secluded lake nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. I have a fun fact for you about Carter's Lake; the dam is the tallest earthen dam east of the Mississippi River! One thing I love about the lake is that homes are not built on the shoreline. This makes Carter's Lake to be a very peaceful and pristine place to visit.
Did you know Elatse'Yi has kayaks that are available for guests to use? We have four single kayaks, paddles, and life vests. This picture came from a trip our recent guests took. It was a beautiful warm spring day and our Geodome guests decided to take out the kayaks to Carter's Lake.
The rugged shoreline and land that surrounds Carter's Lake are popular for camping, fishing, mountain biking, and swimming. One of my favorite things to do during the summer is take the kayaks to Cove Road, Ellijay, Georgia, and go kayaking. If you go into the fingers of the lake, you'll find a rope swing! There is nothing better than a summer swim at Carter's Lake. After kayaking, you MUST go to Carter's Lake Marina and get an ice-cream bar.... right? I ALWAYS choose the Snickers ice-cream bar and Wesley ALWAYS chooses the Stawberry Shortcake ice-cream bar. A perfect way to end the day!
A few other places that are nice to visit is the Ridgeway Campground, Harris Branch Campground, and Woodring Branch Campground. I love the Ridgeway Campground area; the coves are perfect for kayaking. There is also a trail to hike called Tumbling Waters Trail. The trail is moderate and totals 1.6 miles. There is a well kept bridge to cross to see a close view of the falls that tumble into the lake. Harris Branch Campground is just about two miles away from Elatse'Yi! They have a lovely beach area that is perfect for a lake swim. The Woodring Branch Campground is a perfect place to take kayaks or your mountain bikes! There is a trail called Amadahy which is a perfect place to hike or mountain bike the 3 mile loop and then go for a swim. There are also great places to put in for kayaking. Needless to say, Carter's Lake has tons of fun options while you stay at Elatse'Yi.
Elatse'Yi officially opens in just a few weeks! We have been scurrying and hustling and bustling, prepping the property for our spring, summer, and fall season. We have our very first guests arriving to the Airstream March 31st. It's amazing how quickly time flies.
Just look at this little beauty! She's a 1977 Sovereign Airstream, 31 feet long, and so cozy inside! A few replacements and updates have been made, but what is so fun about this gal is that she's so retro. Many of the original features and design have been maintained. She's like stepping into the past, only a clean, partly updated, with no-regrets kind of past. Ha! :)
The first question we are asked by many of our curious and observant guests is, "How did you get this Airstream in here?!" Well, if you've ever heard Fabrizio tell the story, then count yourself lucky! Wesley and I can mostly recount the story, but Fabrizio is so much better at it! If you know him, I'm sure you'd agree! Maybe on a post in the future Fabrizio should tell the story himself.
Back to the lady Sovereign. She's tucked into the woods, surrounded by green, and serenaded by a pair of Barred Owls that live nearby. They hoot occasionally, a delightful call, "who cooks for you, who cooks for youuuu." You'll have to look up an audio clip if you've never heard them! In case you don't have time to look one up, here ya go! Once, a guest quickly pointed out to Jeffrey and Fabrizio that when the owls hoots, Max howls! Too funny, that Max!
Enough about Max, back to the Airstream. She's just a little oasis, an escape, a quiet place for your heart, your mind, your soul. There is an inexplainable magic that happens in the woods, and it's an honor to experience it. This 1977 Sovereign is special. She's been a part of anniversaries, babies first birthdays, surprise birthdays, baby gender reveals, proposals, and so much more! That is heart warming to think about.
Finally, I think this girl needs name! Any suggestions?! Leave a comment below!
So, we got some goats! We are extremely excited. We've always wanted goats. Maybe it would be more accurate to say I, Rebekah, have always wanted goats. I grew up around my Papaw's goats, and I guess it only felt natural to assume I'd have goats of my own one day!
We found the goats in Blairsville. A sweet lady was needing to downsize her farm a bit. We visited and I was attached. So off we went, down the highway, with two goats in crates in the back of Wesley's Chevrolet Silverado (2002 mind you). We were a sight to behold.
Friedrich is a boy (the black one), and he is a Pygmy Goat. He's a bit of a flirt and likes to follow me around. He will do anything for a good scratch on his forehead. Honestly, he will do anything for food! He's a bit of a pig. He is one year old and was a bottle baby. Friedrich is a wethered male, so no babies for us (at least not yet!).
Liesl is our little girl, and she is a Nigerian Dwarf Goat. She's friendly, independent, mischievous and sly. She will find a way to destroy perfectly gathered bales of hay. But I love her in spite of her sneakiness. I'm quite fond of her and think I'll keep her around. Liesl is two years old and was also a bottle baby.
Can anyone guess my inspiration for the goats' names, Liesl and Friedrich?
The drive to Lake Conasauga is one of my favorites. From Elatse'Yi, the drive carries you through downtown Ellijay, east on 52, and north through the beautiful countryside of North Georgia. The road eventually turns into gravel (which I do not mind one bit), twists past picnic spots and waterfalls, then surprises you with this breathtaking scenery. You will definitely need to stop and take a few pictures.
Continue the drive and you will stumble upon Lake Conasauga. It's the highest lake above sea level in the state of Georgia! It's remote, it's quiet, it's lovely.
Have any you ever been to Lake Conasauga? How was your experience?