Fall may indicate the end of summer and, where I live, that means cooler days, autumn leaves, and returning to school. As I get ready to finish my studies before entering the world of work and bill paying, I’m creating a bucket list for this final autumn of my college years.
Here are the five things I most want to accomplish before winter break.
After learning the basics on the Cowee Creek near Juneau, Alaska, I want to find a fly fishing spot closer to my Georgia home where I can hone my skills. Fly Fish Georgia has great locations and highlights species you can expect to catch. The Flint River, starting just south of Atlanta, is now on my radar because of the Shoal Bass. I would like to prove to my boyfriend, an avid fisherman, that I, too, know how to keep it between 10 and 3.
Kayak the Etowah River
The Etowah River runs for more than 100 miles, but a good 10 mile stretch for kayaking begins near Dahlonega, Georgia, just north of Atlanta. According to Georgia Kayak Adventures, the Etowah River contains more than 75 different species of fish, and the Etowah and Cherokee Darters species cannot be found anywhere else but the Etowah. As a flight student, I’d love to leave the technicalities and noise of the cockpit for the calm and quiet of a kayak.
Hike Sand Rock
Sand Rock, in eastern Alabama, is an easy drive from the Atlanta area. Rock climbers and hikers can escape the bustle of metro- Atlanta for a day or cheap weekend getaway (campsites are free). Sand Rock’s sunsets and sunrises, I’ve been told by friends, make it worth the trip.
Camp at Jekyll Island
I’m definitely an outdoor-kind-of-girl. Jekyll Island is a popular tourist destination and about a two-hour drive from my college. While the island boasts many hotels, I want to stay at The Jekyll Island Campground. Near the beach, bike paths make it easy to get from the campground to other activities on the island.
Visit Jumpin’ Goat Coffee
I do love my coffee. I can go without eating, but you really don’t want to meet me unless I’ve had a good cup of coffee. The best I have found comes from a small roaster near Cleveland, Georgia. Jumpin’Goat Coffee purchases Fair Trade beans from some of the best coffee-growing areas in the world. Lucky for me, Jumpin’ Goat ships anywhere in the world, but they also have a small shop near Helen, Georgia. This fall I want to pick up a package of my favorite morning brew (Indonesian Sumatra) as well as taste-test some of their other brews.