Ed and I took this week off and spent the first three days of it in the north Georgia mountains. It was about ten degrees cooler up there than in Athens which was in the high 90s. Years ago we’d visited the area, but didn’t spend much time there. This time we didn’t want to rush. Monday we drove up to Black Rock Mountain. On our last trip a thunderstorm drove us off the mountain before reaching the top. This time there was no storm, but some spectacular clouds to add to the “atmosphere.” After enjoying the vista from the overlook behind the visitor center we took the long hike up the mountain then stopped at the overlook on our way down. If you choose to take the short hike to the overlook, be sure that you continue to the top of the mountain where a monument gives the altitude of 3,640 feet. This is where the butterflies fly. There were dozens of them of various species. They were too fast for me to get any good shots and there is not much room to maneuver up there, but they are worth the extra short walk. My photos from the two overlooks are on my homepage slide show now. The mountains just seem to recede forever. The next two days we spent at Tallulah Gorge State Park. Those photos will follow soon.