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Rip & Go: Approach Trail Loop, Chattahoochee National Forest, GA

Relax in a hiker-friendly lodge at the Appalachian Trail's southern tip.
amicalolaAmicalola Falls, GA. (Pat & Chuck Blackley)


Breakfast 1
On the road
Lunch 1
StarKist Hickory Smoked Tuna on a bagel
Dinner 1
Springer Mountain Gumbo
Breakfast 2
Amicalola Cheesy Ranchero Grits
Lunch 2
Bagel with peanut butter, apples
Trail mix

Springer Mountain Gumbo
A spicy Southern classic packed with protein

1/3 pound canned shrimp
1/3 pound summer sausage
1 individual packet minute rice
1 small onion, minced fine
1 small green pepper, minced fine
Garlic powder
Cajun/creole spices

Boil water; add rice. Dice sausage, onion, and peppers; add with shrimp, garlic, and seasonings to tender rice. Cook until liquid is absorbed. Serves 2.

Amicalola Cheesy Ranchero Grits
Quick carbs with belly-filling cheese, bacon, and jalapeños

2 packages instant grits
1 package cheddar cheese cubes
1 pouch real crumbled bacon
3 jalapeño peppers, diced
Garlic powder

Boil two cups water. Add grits, reduce heat to medium-low. Cook five to seven minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; add bacon bits, cheese, peppers. Serves 2.

The Grocery List

[  ]  onion (produce)
[  ]  green pepper (produce)
[  ]  apples (produce)
[  ]  summer sausage (meat)
[  ]  bagels (bread)
[  ]  trail mix (bread)
[  ]  cheddar cubes (dairy)
[  ]  crumbled bacon (1)
[  ]  peanut butter (1)
[  ]  minute rice (2)
[  ]  instant grits (3)
[  ]  canned shrimp (3)
[  ]  StarKist Hickory Smoked Tuna (3)
[  ]  Cajun/creole spices (7)

Pack Pack Garlic powder


Blue Star Foods
294 East Church St., Jasper, GA
(706) 692-3525

PIT STOP Tucked in the Chattahoochee foothills, Dahlonega’s Shenanigans Irish Pub serves up traditional Gaelic fare. Pile on the bangers and mash, and then wash it down with a pint of Guinness. (706) 482-0114;

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