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Old 05-27-2010, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Chamblee
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I don't even think I would take my young children up there until they are well into elementary school. That story awhile ago about the girl falling into the grand canyon just freaked me out. You never know what kids are going to do, so why risk it?

There have also been a few accidents at the north GA waterfalls where people went out there and tried to walk on the rocks. Of course, they slipped and fell down the falls. I remember seeing idiots out there on the rocks with their very small children. One slip and they would have been washed over the rocks.

Then there was the very tragic story of the man and his son who were sliding down an area in a river where there was some current and people used it like a slide. The father landed wrong and his leg became stuck in the rocks. The strong, cold water was too much for him and rescuers could not free him in time. You might not see that area as dangerous, but anything can happen. Steep rocks and fast flowing water are nothing to be taken lightly in these parts.
All very true!

I'm a product of the north Georgia mountains. The waterfalls are beautiful, but can ruin your day real fast, if you are stoooopid

A few years back, I noticed some tourist types (aka "Yankees" ), putting a canoe in the Cullasaja river near Highlands. They were going to "paddle south." That river goes from "0-to-60" in a blink of an eye. What idiots!


Where they wanted to put in, is a sweet trickle. However, if I had not convinced them, that they would be in for a horrible surprise, this is what they would have paddled themselves into.


YouTube - Dry Falls, Highlands, North Carolina
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Old 05-27-2010, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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How ironic his last name was Edge.
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Old 05-27-2010, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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Just thought this was so needless. They have that fence and those signs for a reason! Taking a risk without a payoff is foolish. The Space Shuttle has risk (as we well know), but exploration always has that. But it has payoff for mankind, too.

Banker Falls To His Death At Stone Mountain - News Story - WSB Atlanta

Here's the length of fence he climbed over:




YouTube - On Top of Stone Mountain
Yep. They have the fence there for a reason.
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Old 05-27-2010, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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I don't even think I would take my young children up there until they are well into elementary school. That story awhile ago about the girl falling into the grand canyon just freaked me out. You never know what kids are going to do, so why risk it?

There have also been a few accidents at the north GA waterfalls where people went out there and tried to walk on the rocks. Of course, they slipped and fell down the falls. I remember seeing idiots out there on the rocks with their very small children. One slip and they would have been washed over the rocks.

Then there was the very tragic story of the man and his son who were sliding down an area in a river where there was some current and people used it like a slide. The father landed wrong and his leg became stuck in the rocks. The strong, cold water was too much for him and rescuers could not free him in time. You might not see that area as dangerous, but anything can happen. Steep rocks and fast flowing water are nothing to be taken lightly in these parts.
The lookouts on Grand Canyon are well marked with signs and barriers. You can plainly see that it is THOUSANDS of feet to the bottom. If you jump the barrier, not much can save you. But the animals will enjoy the tasty meal of your body!
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Old 05-27-2010, 08:35 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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All very true!

I'm a product of the north Georgia mountains. The waterfalls are beautiful, but can ruin your day real fast, if you are stoooopid

A few years back, I noticed some tourist types (aka "Yankees" ), putting a canoe in the Cullasaja river near Highlands. They were going to "paddle south." That river goes from "0-to-60" in a blink of an eye. What idiots!

Where they wanted to put in, is a sweet trickle. However, if I had not convinced them, that they would be in for a horrible surprise, this is what they would have paddled themselves into.


YouTube - Dry Falls, Highlands, North Carolina
So they actually listened to you? You may very well have saved their lives.
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Old 05-27-2010, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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All very true!

I'm a product of the north Georgia mountains. The waterfalls are beautiful, but can ruin your day real fast, if you are stoooopid

A few years back, I noticed some tourist types (aka "Yankees" ), putting a canoe in the Cullasaja river near Highlands. They were going to "paddle south." That river goes from "0-to-60" in a blink of an eye. What idiots!


Where they wanted to put in, is a sweet trickle. However, if I had not convinced them, that they would be in for a horrible surprise, this is what they would have paddled themselves into.


YouTube - Dry Falls, Highlands, North Carolina
As "Dueling Banjos" played in the background, the Yankees were warned not to go there!
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Old 05-27-2010, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Midtown, Atlanta
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Yep. They have the fence there for a reason.
You could not pay me to go over that fence. Every time I've been up there I have these terrible visuals of tripping and going through that chain link. I know I'm chicken when it comes to heights .
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Chamblee
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As "Dueling Banjos" played in the background, the Yankees were warned not to go there!
Funny you should mention that!



Billy Redden was the "banjo boy." He still lives in Rabun Co., where the movie was filmed. Today, he runs a little sandwich cafe, among other things. Makes a nice turkey & swiss on rye. Good guy!



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Old 05-27-2010, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Spartanburg, SC
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Time to give out another Darwin award.
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Chamblee
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You could not pay me to go over that fence. Every time I've been up there I have these terrible visuals of tripping and going through that chain link. I know I'm chicken when it comes to heights .
You might enjoy, the Grand Canyon Skywalk!

YouTube - The Grand Canyon Skywalk

Or maybe the new Hoover Dam By-pass bridge!






YouTube - Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge

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