Reconnecting With Family
I guess it happens to most of us, as we work and have our own families we lose touch with others in the family. Life is hectic, we're pulled in a million different directions all at once! We wonder if we'll ever have the time to take a breath and get our second wind. Yes, we try to keep in touch and do get together at holidays, weddings and funerals. But, that's not really reconnecting and learning who someone has become.
About a year ago my cousin got in touch and said he'd like to do something with me. He had retired and bought a kayak and wondered if I'd be interested in going to some of the lakes in my area.
Of course I would!
He was a forester and knows a lot about our national forests so I knew I'd enjoy our outings on many levels. It's been great fun and our recent outing was on Lake Tugalo not far from where I live. It's an uninhabited 600 acre lake formed by the Tallulah and Chattoga Rivers. Owned and operated by Georgia Power it's used for hydroelectric power as are most of the lakes in this chain. As the terminus of the Chattoga River many "river rats'' find themselves here at the end of their kayaking or rafting trips.
These previous photos were taken on Lake Burton where I live. The first gold discovered in this area was found on a creek in the Burton community. In 1917 this land was purchased by the GA Railway and Power Co. to be a reservoir for the production of electricity. The town of Burton was flooded and by 1920 the dam was in use.
I'm planning many more outings with my cousin, I have a long list! If my camera doesn't get dropped overboard maybe I'll build up a pretty good collection of landscapes and lakescapes for my portfolio.
Thanks for looking and now I have to go back to Photoshop to see if I can salvage some more shots. It's tricky getting photos while in a kayak!
Photo credits: Susan Leggett.