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‘Georgia Traveler’ films segment in Lula

POSTED: January 30, 2011 1:30 a.m.
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Keocia Howard, GPB special correspondent, takes a ride on the zipline at the North Georgia Canopy Tours in Lula. The GPB show "Georgia Traveler" filmed a segment at the Canopy Tours for the current episode airing this weekend and Monday.

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Although North Georgia Canopy Tours are tucked away in Lula like a prized jewel, Friday the entire state got an opportunity to enjoy the high-flying fun.

The tours, which provide a sky-high view 70 feet above the ground, will be highlighted in the Peach State Panache episode of "Georgia Traveler" on GPB.

"We try to highlight places that we've never gone. Sometimes we discover places through viewer e-mails and phone calls and sometimes it's from random Internet searches," said David Zelski, who is one of the show's hosts.

Keocia Howard, GPB special correspondent, actually suggested that the Lula tour be featured on the show.

"I'd heard of ziplining and was interested in trying it - I was looking for something adventurous to do. I Googled places in Georgia and stumbled across the North Georgia Canopy Tours," said Howard.

Despite being afraid of heights, she says her experience was a positive one.


"The process was very safe and the equipment made me feel very secure — they really eased my mind," Howard said.

"You can actually release your hands and not have a fear of falling. I would definitely do it again."

In addition to the course being safe, Howard says she was also impressed by how the "sky bridges" and ziplines were constructed.

"I thought it was really interesting how they used natural materials to build everything. They used the trees that were right there on the property," Howard said.

"Georgia Traveler" has spotlighted other Hall County entities, including the International Neighborhood for Kids and the Spring Chicken Festival.

"I'm still full from our visit to the festival," Zelski said.

The Peach State Panache episode of "Georgia Traveler" will also spotlight Exhale Atlanta, The National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus and Leopold's Ice Cream Parlor in Savannah.

It airs at 7:30 p.m. Monday and is available online .

Although they do their own scouting, they are always interested in getting suggestions from viewers.

"The more in-depth they are in their messages, the more interested we get," Zelski said.

"And if it's in an area that we've never been, it's even more attractive."

Viewers can e-mail gatrav eler@gpb.org or call 800-222-6006 with suggestions for "Georgia Traveler" features.

 

 



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