Amicalola, Cloudland, Johns Mountain

Here are some photographs from our hikes in North Georgia. In the spring, we went to Amicalola falls, Johns Mountain and Cloudland Canyon. All are very scenic and fun to hike. Even Michelle hiked for part of the trail.

These photographs are from spring when we went hiking around North Georgia.

Amicalola Falls is close to Dawsonville, GA. We parked our car near the base of the falls and took the East ridge trail to the top. After climbing through switchbacks, it turns into a nice gravel road. The ascent was still sharp but Michelle wanted to walk by herself, so this became her first real hike (not including short walks on other hikes). We had lunch when we reached the top of the falls while Michelle ran around. Then we climbed down two sets of stairs at the side of the falls to the base.

top of the falls
View into the valley
Amicalola Falls
Amicalola falls further down
Amicalola falls from the bridge
Amicalola falls lowest point

Johns Mountain trail is in Northwest Georgia. Unlike Amicalola Falls, this was almost deserted. The only people we saw were the teenage couple in the parking lot (and they didn’t hike the trail). The best view of the valley below is from the parking lot, but the trail is fun as well. There is a waterfall called Keown Falls about halfway on the trail, but there wasn’t much water in it.

Ridge and valley view from the parking lot
On Johns Mountain Trail
Michelle and I

I have been to Cloudland Canyon before, but this was the first time for Amber and Michelle. The waterfalls there are probably the most beautiful in Georgia.

Us at Cloudland Canyon
Hiking up the stairs
View of the canyon

I should probably upload all my spring photographs before the fall season starts and we head north again.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a classic Spaghetti Western. While I enjoyed the movie, the print restoration job wasn’t very good and at times it looks washed up. Overall, I rate it 8/10.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Il Buono, il brutto, il cattivo) is a classic Spaghetti Western.

I had seen parts of it on TV multiple times, but never before had seen the whole movie together. So that was a good experience.

However, the print restoration job for this DVD is not that good. At times it looks washed up.

Overall, I would rate it 8/10, but if you haven’t seen it you haven’t seen anything.

You Are On Notice

Stephen Colbert has his On Notice board. Now you can have one too. Here is mine.

If you watch The Colbert Report, then you might have heard of Stephen Colbert’s lists.

“On Notice” and “Dead to Me”, originally phrases Colbert used as a warning or condemnation for something he disagreed with, were later made into giant-sized lists that contain a comically bizarre assortment of people and things that are supposedly displeasing to Colbert. When the “On Notice” list is full, Colbert is forced to either remove an item or move one to the “Dead to Me” list to make space. The “Dead to Me” list is shorter and is reserved for the most hated nemeses of Colbert. There are a few random and unexplained entries, such as “Owls”, to again demonstrate the absurdity of Colbert’s fixations.

Via PhotoDude, I found out that you can now make your own custom “On Notice board”. So here is mine.

On Notice Board

Yes, this will change from time to time.

Thank You for Smoking

We saw this movie in the theater. It is a good satirical comedy about a tobacco industry lobbyist who can spin anything to his clients’ favor. I rate it 8/10.

We saw Thank You for Smoking in the theater. It has been a long time since we have been to the theater, so that probably added to our enjoyment.

The movie is based on a book of the same name by Christopher Buckley.

It is about a PR guy for the tobacco companies and his confident lies and gimmicks.

Overall, it is an enjoyable satirical comedy. I would rate it 8/10.

یومِ آزادی مبارک

آج چودہ اگست ہے اور پاکستان کے قیام کا دن۔ تمام پاکستانیوں کو میری طرف سے مبارک۔ کل انڈیا کا یومِ آزادی ہے۔ ان سب کو بھی مبارک ہو۔

آج چودہ اگست ہے یعنی پاکستان کا یومِ آزادی۔ پاکستان کے قیام کو آج 59 سال ہو گئے۔ آپ سب کو یومِ آزادی مبارک۔

کل پندرہ اگست ہے جو انڈیا کا یومِ آزادی ہے۔ مبارک ہو!

Today is 14th of August. Pakistan was founded on this date in 1947, making it 59 years old today. Happy independence day, everyone!

Tomorrow India celebrates its independence. Happy independence day to all Indians as well.

Michelle at 2

Today is Michelle’s second birthday. She has grown a lot during the last year. Here are some photographs.

It is Michelle’s birthday today. She turns 2.

She has grown a lot in the last year. From barely walking to running around and talking in 3-word sentences, she’s done it all! It has been amazing watching her do everything for the first time and soon mastering it. I am still surprised when I speak an Urdu word and she gives me its English translation or vice versa.

Here are some photographs.

1 year old
A closeup
Playing with the computer
Wearing a gharara
What is she doing?
Dressed for colder Pakistan
Should I get this fish?
Falcons fan
Cool glasses
Michelle is not a Whale Rider
The prettiest of them all

Today will be a busy day since we are celebrating Michelle’s birthday.

Good Night, and Good Luck

It is a movie about the conflict between journalist Murrow and Senator McCarthy. It focuses exclusively on media responsibility and other than the archive footage of McCarthy it almost never leaves the CBS studio. Overall, it is a good movie.

Good Night, and Good Luck is a good movie about the McCarthy era. The plot of the movie shows the conflict between veteran journalist Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy.

The movie was actually filmed in color and then converted to black and white.

It is a movie about media responsibility and focuses almost exclusively on the happenings in CBS where Murrow worked. Thus it is probably not the best historical guide to the anticommunist hysteria of the era. But as a movie it works well.

I would rate it 7/10.