Day Trip to Helen

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**This is a DAY TRIP**
**Activities listed below from the Organizers Wanderlist are not mandatory. It’s your choice which activities you want to participate in.**

Hey Weekenderz! Let’s take a day trip to check out Helen, Georgia. This is a 1hr 45 minute drive from Atlanta. Helen is a small Bavarian Town in Georgia’s Alpine mountains. I’m renting a SUV and can fit 8 people but will only accept 6 so that there’s enough room for everyone. Its $16RT which goes toward the rental and includes gas. I won’t be able to pick you up from home so you’ll have to meet me at one of the pickup locations listed. If you’re driving your own vehicle you can meet me in Helen. See below for meeting point in Helen.

Pickup location(If riding with Leandra):
Lenox Mall (front of Nike store) @6:00am
3393 Peachtree Road ME
Atlanta, GA 30326

Leandra’s Wanderlist:
6:00am Depart Atlanta
8:30am Meet at Cool River Tubing parking
10:00am Hike Anna Ruby Falls
10:30am Check out Anna Ruby gift shop
11:00am Explore the small town
12:30pm Lunch at the International Cafe
3:00pm Tube through Helen (1.5hrs)
5:00pm The Cottage Vineyard & Winery
7:00pm Take a tethered hot air balloon ride

Tubing Info:
The water is fairly shallow. $10 includes your tube, shuttle, life-jacket, tie straps, and key-saver service. A push stick helps you keep off rocks and away from the banks. Push sticks are $5. Watershoes are available for $10. You can either lock your things in your car and leave your ID and keys with them (a free service) or you might be able to rent a locker for $2.
Analog waterproof cameras are available for sale in in the store. Only 1 bottle of water per person is allowed on the water.
Since the water is on a calm and relatively shallow stretch of the Chattahoochee, non-swimmers go tubing often. The rapids aren't classed, and only a few swimming holes have water deeper than 5’. Anyone who can't swim should wear one of the life-jackets provided. Tubes can be tied together for safety.
Restroom and showers are available.

Hot Air Balloon Info:
A tethered hot air balloon ride-$10/5min (The balloons will be tied to the ground)
Approximately 50 - 75 feet.

Helen Meetup Location:
Cool River Tubing
590 Edelweiss Strasse
Helen, GA 30545

Helen Parking:
There’s no free parking. It’ll be around $5 for parking.
-74 River Street, Helen, GA
-$3 parking-Corner of Chattahoochee and Edelweiss

Anna Ruby Falls:
3455 Ann Ruby Falls Road
Helen, GA[masked]/2 mile, 20/30min.)-$3
We’ll meet at Anna Ruby Falls Parking

What to bring:
Swim attire/shorts & shirt
Change of clothes/towel
Water shoes or securely fitting shoes
Hiking boots/shoes (If you plan on hiking)
Bottled water

Trip GroupMe:

**I plan on tubing for about 1.5hrs then heading to The Cottage Vineyard since it’s only 15 minutes from the town.**

**Activities listed above from the Organizers Wanderlist are not mandatory. It’s your choice which activities you want to participate in.**