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Pine Mountain Hike – West Loop Trail and David G. Archer Overlook

Pine Mountain Hike – West Loop Trail and David G. Archer Overlook

IMG_20160807_132424553I want to start this off by saying that Pine Mountain is where I started to fall for David. He took me here on our first date. We ended up doing both loops that day because I wanted to spend as much time with him as I could. It was a great way to begin our relationship and we try to do the hike at least once a year.

Pine Mountain West Trail Stats

Length 2.4 Miles
Elevation Gain 605 feet
Difficulty Rating More Moderate than Easy
Trail Type Loop
Date Hiked 08/08/2016
Public Facilities Free parking
Kid Friendly Yes
Pet Friendly Yes

 

This weekend, we just did the West loop trail because it was hotter than we expected. One important tip is to remember that the parking lot you start at determines which loop you will start and end your hike. If you decide to do both loops, that is great, but if you’re only interested in doing one, then you should remember which loop you started with and stay on that one.

You should be warned that if you park at the West loop THERE ARE NO BATHROOMS OR WATER FOUNTAINS. Make sure you stop on your way up if you need to go. Also, make sure you pack enough water for you and your animals, as dogs are allowed on these trails.

IMG_0440I always forget how beautiful the trail is. It is well maintained, and has a lot to see. There is a small creek that runs through the base of the mountain, and there are several boulders and cliffs to check out on your way up.

 

IMG_0430There is one overlook, so both loops will take you to it, and it is called the David G. Archer Overlook. This is a large overlook, and is typically pretty crowded, and we even saw some hammocks this weekend. It is very sunny at the top, so sunscreen is a must if you are planning on spending a lot time up there. The overlook offers amazing views of Lake Allatoona, Kennesaw Mountain, Atlanta, and Plant Bowen.

Throughout the loops, there are signs labeling the trees, which can be nice if you are interested in learning about the vegetation around you.

Pine Mountain West Trail Head Map

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Take some time to soak up the last days of summer, because fall will be here soon. This is an excellent trail if you are an active person. Bring plenty of water and snacks, and don’t forget your sunscreen and bug spray! Happy Hiking!!! 🙂

Video of the Hike

Nutribullet vs. Vitamix

Nutribullet vs. Vitamix

If you are anything like me, then I am sure you overthink everything you buy. I did this for about a year before buying a Vitamix, and let me tell you, it was worth every penny.

It replaces the need for a food processor, and proudly sits on your counter as the best damn blender you’ll ever own. David and I use it all the time, and have for years. We make post-hike smoothies, and we used to make seriously awesome frozen drinks in there. We decided after giving our parents health-conscious gifts for Fathers’ and Mothers’ day last year, that we needed to do the same this year.

We settled on getting them a vitamix, one for each couple. The almost $1,000.00 we would have spent on this stopped us in our tracks. I heard great things about the Nutribullet, but I wasn’t convinced that a $70 machine could perform as well as the vitamix.

We decided on a whim to get one and try it out. We put the exact same ingredients inside both machines and started them up. You can see the video below of what happened.

What we discovered was that YES when it comes to making smoothies, the Nutribullet could handle it. Not quite with the same whipping finesse of the Vitamix, but it could demonish raw beets, seeds, and kale without making us have to chew.

  • Pros:
    • Smaller and takes up less counter space
    • Not as loud
    • Better at individual proportions
    • Blender container turns into drinking cup
  • Cons:
    • Not as powerful, so the machine has to run longer
    • No low or high, it is either on or off
    • Doesn’t whip the avocados
    • Won’t make two smoothies at once

All-in-all I would highly recommend getting a nutribullet if you are just starting out with your smoothies, or are single and looking for something easy for one person. We gave it to our parents, and one set has been using it daily, while the other finds the number of parts cumbersome and is on the fence about returning it.
If you are interested in learning about how to make the perfect green smoothie, stay tuned because David should be coming out with a post about it within the week! Have a wonderful day, and thank you for reading.