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The two RV Gypsies hiked to Tallulah Falls and the bottom of the canyon (by permit) August 12, 2005

 
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On August 12, 2005, Karen and Lee were not yet known as the two RV Gypsies, because at that time, they still had a house, were working and not yet retired. They took a vacation to Georgia and went to Tallulah Falls. They got the required permit to access the gorge floor. And yes, at some point along the way, a ranger stopped them and asked to see their permit.

They returned to Tallulah Falls nine years later on August 2, 2014, but did not buy the permit to the bottom of the gorge falls because Lee was still recovering from having both knees replaced. In 2014, they only walked to the suspension bridge which was 620 stairs one-way, and then they went further on to the Hurricane Falls Platform, which required Lee to walk even more stairs, for a total of about 1,350 stairs today. Good job Lee!

The trip in 2005 to the bottom of the gorge was 1,062 steps one-way for a total of 2,124 stairs. Now, scroll down to see the photos from 2005 and have fun comparing them with the photos on the previous page from 2014.

Lee Duquette in 2005
Lee Duquette in 2005
Lee and Karen Duquette in 2005
Lee Duquette in 2005

First view of the suspension bridge - Karen's favorite part of this hike.

First view of the suspension bridge
the suspension bridge
lots of stairs
the suspension bridge

Lee on the suspension bridge in 2005.

Lee Duquette on the suspension bridge in 2005.
Lee Duquette on the suspension bridge in 2005.

View from both sides of the suspension bridge

View from both sides of the suspension bridge
View from both sides of the suspension bridge

Fun crossing the big boulders

Lee Duquette and the waterfall
Lee Duquette crossing the big boulders
Lee Duquette crossing the big boulders
Lee Duquette on the easy part of the trail
Karen Duquette at another overlook

The rugged trail and a view of someone climbing up the cliff

the trail
someone climbing the cliff

Karen on the rugged trail, and starting to get tired.

Karen Duquette on the rugged trail
Karen Duquette on the rugged trail

Lee - almost to the bottom of the gorge.

Lee and Karen
at the bottom of the gorge.

Lee Duquette - almost to the bottom of the gorge
Lee and Karen at the bottom of the gorge

Karen taking a much needed rest before the hike back up to the car.

laughing dude
Karen Duquette taking a much needed rest
Karen Duquette taking a much needed rest
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