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Rosemary Jean-Louis

Georgia Outdoors

By Rosemary Jean-LouisPosted August 15, 2013 10:24am (EDT)
Georgia Outdoors

I enjoy nature as much as the average person. But I don't have the guts to scale a southern Red Oak tree and spend the night sleeping in a canopy many feet off the ground. Nor do I have the nerve to crawl into caves to check up on ailing bats. Sharon Collins does and I live vicariously through her as she explores Georgia's natural wonders on Georgia Outdoors.

Sharon Collins slides down a great oak after a night of ZZZ's in the Trees.

As I am not a native of the Peachstate and I am an unabashed city gal (I consider the patch of trees and shrubs in my backyard to be the "woods") each episode of Georgia Outdoors is an education for me. My favorite one is "The Legacy of the Land" as she uncovers the profound African American history and beauty that makes up the Arabia and Panola mountain area which is 10 minutes from where I live.

These mountains are part of Georgia's newest national heritage area. The designation includes the grounds owned by the Monastery of the Holy Spirit which is run by Trappist monks. I've visited the monastery a few times and I have walked parts of the Arabia Mountain trail. Learning about ithe history and rich geography of the area has inspired this city gal to spend more time exploring these great outdoors. But I'm not sure if I'm brave enough to try sleeping in a tree canopy... just yet.

Check out this arresting episode below and make sure you share it!

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