Saturday, January 22, 2011


During two months of each year, a search for beauty turns into a rush for adrenalin.
In northeast Georgia's Tallulah Gorge, kayakers brace for the ride of a lifetime when they approach Oceana Falls.
Most of the time, a dam limits the Tallulah River to a flow of about 35 cubic feet per second. The waterfalls, as pictured here, is a thing of beauty. In April and November, flood gates are opened for the kayakers, accelerating the river's flow to about 400 cfs. The falls quickly transitions from serene into an exercise of machismo for kayakers who choose the 100-foot slide.
Standing on the edge of the gorge's Inspiration Point, the view is spectacular from about 700 feet about the river.
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