North Georgia has faced big environmental challenges this fall. Even long-term residents of our state have trouble remembering a time when we went for an entire month without rain. The resulting water shortage and worse, the wildfires in the Blue Ridge, put severe stress on the vegetation.
The lingering drought in North Georgia isn't just impacting our water supply. It also spoils some of the romance involved in camping. Specifically, we can't sit at a campfire in the evening, enjoying its light and warmth after a day hike.
If you've ever been stuck on a hilly North Georgia road behind a car blowing clouds of dark smoke, you may have wondered what's wrong. In essence, the driver was using more costly gasoline than free air.