Dahlonega Gold Museum
Pre-stroke I had to work hard not to drive my patient husband Walter crazy with my obsession to see everything and experience everything on our travels.
His idea of a perfect trip was and still is totally the opposite. He likes to just be. Leisurely and limited touristing is okay if, and this is a crucial if, it allows him abundant opportunities to just soak up the spirit of a destination new to us and to capture that spirit via photography.
The first day of our early April trip to the Smoky Mountains, however, made me realize how totally I have come to adopt hubby’s approach of “just being” since my stroke last year. On our way to the mountains, we ventured off our usual route to check out the historic gold rush town of Dahlonega, GA.
Our first stop in this pleasant town was the square, a bustling and vibrant city center watched over by the old county courthouse which is now the Dahlonega Gold Museum. In my pre-stroke mode I would have been itching to visit the museum and the attractive shops around the square.
Instead, I sat on a bench outside some of those shops while hubby went on a brief photo safari around the square. I was content and entertained as I soaked up the comfortably cool weather, sunshine, flowers and the creative details of facades of nearby shops.
Walter captured this image of the square and of my walking unassisted. Woohoo!
When Walter returned, we took an amble around the square, which was my opportunity to snap some memories of a delightful visit. More of Walter's Dahlonega images are here.
My view of the courthouse