How do you make a 3 day trip to Georgia seem like the Best Vacation Ever? Head to North Georgia and let loose! Our original family vacation plan was to hunt for gold in Dahlonega, Georgia, but the mountain air went straight to our heads, and after a tour of the Consolidated Gold Mine in Dahlonega–which ironically happens to be under a super Walmart (hmmm), where we did indeed come away with gold, the natural laid back atmosphere of the Georgia mountains took us elsewhere. Breakfast at Danny’s (yes, Danny’s, not Denny’s- awesome biscuits & gravy) and a chat with the waitress took us over to Amicalola Falls State Park and the end or beginning (depending which way you look at it) of the Appalachian trail . Trails and stairs- and more stairs…We walked up to the top of the falls (for the less energetic or those wanting to save your knees) you can drive. We sweated, but rewarded ourselves by playing in the icy cold mountain stream above the falls…and then again at the base. There is a lodge at the top of the mountain if you want the true experience or just a luxurious rest before heading off on the Appalachian Trail. From Amicalola (passing a Kangaroo Reserve as well), we headed back to Dahlonega with thoughts of a cool swim and a river tube adventure when someone mention Helen, GA, just a drive away, so up again into the mountains.