All of those perky "how to make the best of your blog!" articles say that you should pick a topic and stick to it. They also say you should post regularly. People, they say, like consistency. It might surprise you to know that I read articles like that, and that I love self-help, self-improvement, and how-to articles generally. I suspect on the other hand that it will surprise no one that I never actually take their advice. So, having meandered whimsically through politics, sarcasm, random observations, and glee over my own publications, I have arrived back at one of my other interests, pretending to exercise.
You may recall that no sooner had I decided to embark upon an amusing and edifying blog-tour of all the walking trails in Athens, I moved because I got a new job. So you could think of this as me jiggling the door handle of fate once again...
Big Trees Forest Preserve
One of the area's many delightful parks, located next to the North Fulton Government Service Center on Roswell Road. It is within a reasonable walk of my house, so I can add mileage and time to my outdoor exertions...it always feels a bit weird to me to drive somewhere so I can walk, which is why I get my sweetie to drop me off. (Joking. Mostly.)
Best features: Sun-dappled shade, babbling brooks, leafy glades. Trails are well-maintained for the most part.
Down sides: Parts of trails are within hearing of Roswell Road, which tends to spoil the illusion of woodsy solitude maintained elsewhere in the park.
Difficulty: Easy for the most part, the Back Country trail and some of the connectors have some hilly and more moderate stretches.
Frequency of humans: Depends on the time of day, but I have never seen it unpleasantly crowded.
Other wildlife: The usual squirrels, chipmunks, and talkative birds. Bird houses and feeders placed to encourage their presence.
Maps and mileage: Map available on the website is accurate but not very printable. Trails are about 1.5 miles but you can expand and vary this because there's more than one loop.
Access: Enter from the NFGS parking lot on the right side of the building. Part of the trail is wheelchair accessible. Pets on a leash, no bicycles.