Vlog – Tallulah Trail

So, right now, I’m at Tallulah Gorge. It’s one of Georgia’s Seven Natural Wonders. It runs about two miles, it has six waterfalls and the cliffs rise as high as a thousand feet. There’s some speculation as to what Tallulah means in Cherokee. Uh, some people say it is derived from the word tululu, which means cry of the frog. Other people say it comes from atalulu, which means unfinished, uh, because the river never levels out, but James Mooney, who was an American ethnographer who lived with the Cherokee for years, uh, says the word is untranslatable. Which sounds like a cop out, but … that’s what I’m going to go with because I don’t really have time to be … Uh, I don’t know. Discover Georgia Trails commissioned a hiking video, not an etymology video, so … A little fun fact: That movie Deliverance was filmed in and around Tallulah Gorge. Uh, and I would like to note that the area is far more inviting than that movie would suggest. I am more afraid of falling off the suspension bridge than I am of, uh … backwoods locals hunting me down for sport. So yeah, I feel like I belong here kind of … Uh … I mean, I’m by no means the first exhibitionist to visit the gorge. Back in 1886, a guy named, uh, Professor Leon tightroped across to promote the opening of a hotel, and then in 1970, Karl Wallenda, of course, he … he walked the wire when he was sixty-five years old. He died eight years later. Uh, cause of death, as you might imagine was falling, um … but at least he was doing something that he loved. That’s not my bag I … I don’t … I don’t walk over chasms. It’s not what I’m passionate about, so … I mean, give me this any day. I’ll walk through nature, I’ll walk up stairs … I don’t care, I enjoy that. Uh, I enjoy selfisticking, and I enjoy bringing you the best of Georgia trails. I will see you next time.

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