Did you have a great 4th of July celebration this year? At the last minute, we decided to take the Pine Mountain Fireworks Hike.
We stayed in out of the heat for most of the day, then drove up to Cartersville, GA to check out the festival at Dellinger Park.
We were disappointed that there weren’t any booths with crafts or handmade items. Mostly food. Greasy food. We didn’t get there until late afternoon, so maybe the fun booths were already packed up. Anyway, we didn’t stay long.
We decided instead to take the Fireworks Hike up Pine Mountain. Normally, you aren’t allowed on the trails after dusk, but they keep it open for viewing the fireworks on the Fourth. That’s Richard racing a mile short distance ahead of me.
The Fireworks Hike is on the West Loop trail, 1.5 miles to the top of Pine Mountain.
The trail is very rocky. Tons of boulders. Ha, get it? I don’t know why, but I love boulders.
Especially when I can sit on one.
The trail has lots of switchbacks, which makes it not so steep. Still, 93 degrees and a million percent humidity. What was I thinking?
At this point we saw a mile marker with .87 miles on it. Only half way??? I die.
Fortunately for me and my racing heart, it actually wasn’t much farther to the top. We realized the first mile marker we saw, which said 0 miles, was actually about half a mile up the trail. Thank you, Jesus.
On the left, we could see Lake Allatoona, where we kayaked Memorial Day weekend.
Straight ahead- Dellinger Park is down there somewhere, which is where the fireworks would be blasting off.
A bit of emotional fireworks sparked nearby while waiting for the actual fireworks to start. According to signs, no motorized vehicles are allowed on the trails, but a group of Rude Lawbreakers had obviously ignored that rule because their 4-wheelers were blocking the end of the trail. One particularly Annoyed Guy got into an argument with one of the RLs- curses were flying through the air. I didn’t take pictures. Blogger though I may be, crime reporter I’m not.
From our vantage point, we could see fireworks in neighborhoods and other towns all around us in the valley below. Pretty cool.
We had almost given up, but the Cartersville fireworks finally started at close to 10 pm.
We were so far away, we didn’t really experience how big and how loud the fireworks were.
I still enjoyed it, though- mountaintop views will always put a smile on my face, fireworks or not.
The trip back down the trail was much easier, though by flashlight. I was glad there were lots of people around.
I would definitely take the Pine Mountain Fireworks Hike again. Maybe next time, start a little earlier and enjoy the scenery along the way. But if you want the big booms and bright flashes, this probably isn’t the venue for you.
Thank you to our veterans and active military for your service to our country. For securing and preserving our freedom. For risking and sacrificing your lives so that we may live and serve our God freely. God bless you all and God bless our country.