Amicalola State Park sits in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia. Situated between Dawsonville and Dahlonega, it holds the states tallest waterfall at 729 feet. And hike an 8.5 mile trail and you’ll end up at Springer Mountain, the southern end of the 2175 mile Appalachian Trail. One more fun fact, though, upon entering the park you are treated to a 25% grade….can you say overheat?

As you know my book, Curveballs: Sweet & Smokey Down The Barbeque Trail, is about my search for the perfect barbeque, and tells of the trials and tribulations in my search. It’s a no holds barred account of my journey of chaotic adventure. Chicago, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Elgin, Kansas City, and the list goes on. Oh, the ups and downs I endured, the victories, the defeats. But alas, the journey must continue.

Know this.  Curveballs: Sweet & Smokey Down The Barbeque Trail is but the 1st in a trilogy. Now here is the good news. The 2nd in my trilogy is written and edited. That means I’ll end up editing it 20 more times instead of 30. But by golly that thing is on its way to being released … sometime this year, 2017. But geez, I don’t even have a title yet.

And this is where Amicalola State Park comes to pass, for in some strange and mysterious way it finds it’s way into the 2nd book in my trilogy. The picture of the park above, looking out over the Blue Ridge Mountains was taken by the Petester who just went there with his friends. You remember the Petester, right? They flew into Atlanta, drove to Savannah and Charleston, ate, drank, and were merry (yes, they ate BBQ too), and in between all that he convinced them to drive up to Amicalola.

There’s a history there, the Petester and I, and the Dude too, intertwined with Amicalola State Park. All laid out in book # 2. Gold, money, action, soccer, southern hospitality, good eats, it’s all there. Come back soon and I’ll lay down some excerpts.


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