Hot to Trout!

June 24, 2011

Yes. We are in the middle of trout season in the mountains of North Georgia, and what could be better than wading in a cool mountain stream and hooking into a trout.   Some web sites will tell you there are 4,000 miles of trout streams in Georgia. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately,  many of these streams are located on private land. Of course, Enota is no exception, and while we have trout streams on our property they are protected nursery area.   However, we do have a wonderful little trout pond so that kids of all ages can catch some supper.   

In case you were wondering what the current fishing regulations are outside of our lovely campground and retreat, here are just the basics:

Trout Season: March 29 – October 31, 2003 (trout season is open from the last Saturday in March through October 31 each year)

License Requirements: To fish in designated trout waters and to fish for or to possess trout you need: Georgia Residents: Ages 16 – 64: Georgia resident fishing license and trout license.  Resident Senior (65+) lifetime and Honorary license holders: not required to possess a trout license.   Nonresidents: All nonresidents, 16 years and older, regardless of physical condition: must possess a nonresident fishing license and nonresident trout license.   Florida residents 16-65 years: nonresident fishing license and a nonresident trout license.   Florida residents 65 years and older: not required to possess a nonresident fishing license (proof of age required), but must possess a trout license.

Minimum Length Limits:

No minimum length limit except the following streams:
Waters Creek – brown and rainbow trout – 22 inches; brook trout – 18 inches.
Noontootla Creek and its tributaries on Blue Ridge WMA – 16 inches.

Daily Creel and Possession Limit

Brook, Brown, and/or Rainbow trout statewide – 8
Amicalola Creek, Chattahoochee River, Smith Creek – see Delayed Harvest Streams below.
Waters Creek – 1 (you can harvest no more than three (3) trout per season).

Trout Fishing Hours

Fishing hours on seasonal trout streams, except Waters Creek, are from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset (see sunrise/sunset tables at start of Fishing on this web site).  Night fishing is not allowed.
Fishing 24 hours a day is allowed on year-round trout streams, except those in the paragraph below, and on all impoundments on trout streams, except Dockery and Rock Creek lakes.

There are printable maps available from the Department of Natural Resources website that you can find by clicking here.

There are more detailed regulations to be found at the site linked above.

If you are an angler, there are plenty of places within short driving distance to wet your line and practice your fly-fishing technique. Probably the most popular area for trout fishing is just a few minutes south of Enota Mountain Retreat in Helen.   If you need help with tackle or advice on fishing in the area, check out Unicoi Outfitters.

Of course, when you come to Enota, you are sure to meet some people who are also there for the fishing and will probably be happy to share what they know about fishing in the area, and just fishing in general.  Why not call us and book a cabin or camp site.  The fish are waiting for you.

Enota Mountain Retreat
1000 Hwy 180, Hiawassee, GA 30546
(706) 896-9966
official website:


Greetings, Friends of Enota!

Today we will talk about the importance of drinking adequate amounts of water. Now that summer is in full swing, we here at Enota want our readers to recognize the importance of staying hydrated. It’s so easy to get busy and forget to drink enough water…

And folks, we mean water. Please don’t just reach for the soda, or the iced tea. Your body needs water. Sure you can have some of that other stuff as well, but please don’t neglect getting lots and lots of H20.

When you drink “other liquids” thinking you are rehydrating your body, you can actually be doing more harm than not drinking water at all. Some things like tea are diuretics, causing you to urinate more and speeding up dehydration. Many of the dissolved solids in “other liquids” require your body to work harder in metabolizing them; this results in your body requiring even more water to flush the bad stuff out of your system. If you must have a carbonated soft drink or iced tea, match it ounce for ounce with pure water. Think about it… would you “water” your plants with cola???

You should be aware of the signs and symptoms that you are not getting enough pure water. Do you seem really fatigued? Did it seem to come on suddenly? Do you notice a low grade headache or even a migraine coming on? Are your muscles starting to cramp? These are some of the obvious signs of dehydration.

Unfortunately, there are other symptoms that cannot be easily detected when you are becoming dehydrated. Blood pressure can increase, causing slight damage to organs in the body. We can’t feel this happening and it can only be detected by trained medical personnel with proper equipment. Kidneys especially don’t react well to being deprived of the right amount of water.

If finding a place to urinate is an issue, better that you should plan for how to deal with that, rather than do damage to your kidneys by avoiding drinking enough water. In the elite military units, during training in harsh, hot climates, the rule of thumb is that if you don’t constantly feel a slight urge to urinate, you are not drinking enough water. If you aren’t urinating enough, you aren’t drinking enough.

It is impossible to over-emphasize the importance of water to every function in the body. Every single organ, from your brain to your liver to your skin, depends on water to get nutrients in and carry the waste and toxins out. Your brain is 90% water. If it has to fight for it’s share of water with the other organs in your body, it might just start aching to get you to pay attention.

Some of you might be saying, “But I don’t like water.” That’s probably because a lot of tap water has chlorine, ammonia, calcium, iron, or other stuff left in it from the processing at your municipal or county water treatment facility. Nobody wants to drink that stuff.

The answer is to either buy bottled water, or use a filter. There are many filters on the market, but we know that in order to get high quality, good tasting water, a GAC type filter must be used. GAC stands for Granular Activated Carbon. In simple terms think of highly porous charcoal. Good filter cartridges usually consist of tiny fibers that have been spun and wound around a core and impregnated with very fine GAC throughout. Water that has been forced through such a filter has larger sediment removed and the ions of the elements you don’t want have a high affinity for the carbon and get pulled out, leaving you with good clean water that doesn’t have a nasty taste.

Whatever you need to do to get plenty of clean water into your body is worth it. Remember that outside of quitting smoking, nothing keeps your skin looking healthier than getting plenty of water. In the past, it was believed that drinking eight glasses of 8 ounces was a good minimum. Unless you have physician-prescribed water restrictions, it would be better to double that! People working outside in the heat and perspiring heavily many need triple or quadruple the amount of water necessary for adequate hydration.

And, for some of the best water on this earth, come to Enota Mountain Retreat. Our natural spring water is completely pure, chemical-free, and rated as some of the cleanest water in the Unite States! Book a reservation for a vacation cabin, RV site, or camp site, and enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains.

Enota Mountain Retreat
1000 Hwy 180, Hiawassee, GA 30546
(706) 896-9966
official website:

Camping in Bear Country

June 16, 2011

Greetings, Friends of Enota!

Today we will talk about bears and how to safely camp in “bear country”.

Yep; it’s Thursday… garbage day in our neck of the woods… and, we’re excited about it! It’s always a good thing when the garbage men come and take the trash away… You see, up here in the North Georgia Mountains we have bears. Black bears. And black bears like to forage through people’s garbage cans. Go to ‘most any social gathering up here and the subject of bears is likely to come up. This author hasn’t seen one yet, but friends and family who have seen them say they are actually quite beautiful.

Usually the only evidence that bears have graced one’s property is the overturned trash can. And, the occasional BIG paw print if it has recently rained. Sometimes a bear will scatter the trash, much to the chagrin of the people who have to clean up the mess; but, often, the bear will delicately lift the bag out of the trash can and tote this “treasure” up the hill into the woods, where he or she can enjoy a leisurely picnic.

Black bears can typically be found in three distinct regions in Georgia, although they will range over larger areas in search of food. They can be found in the North Georgia mountains, along the Ocmulgee River drainage system in the central part of the state and in the Okefenokee Swamp in the southeast. Young male bears often will roam large areas until they are able to establish their own territory.

Bears typically live in swamps and forested areas, especially mature mixed pine stands that offer a plentiful supply of natural foods and trees and thickets that they can escape to for security. Standing, hollow trees are common den sites for Georgia bears. However, brush piles, rock crevices or other places that offer protection may be used.

The typical life span of a bear is about 8 to 15 years. Wild bears tend to live 23 percent longer than “garbage” bears (those that exist on unnatural foods; kinda’ sounds like what happens to people when they eat unnatural foods, doesn’t it?).

Adult bears are generally up to six feet in length and about three feet high at the shoulder. Female adult bears can weigh up to 300 pounds and adult males can weigh over 500 pounds. Bears have poor eyesight but an excellent sense of smell. They are good tree climbers, can swim well and are able to run at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.

The breeding season is in July and cubs are born in the den in late January or February. Bear cubs weigh about eight ounces when born, are relatively undeveloped and entirely dependent on the mother. Cubs stay with their mother throughout the first year, den with her during the following winter and stay with her until she finally drives them away the following spring. Due to this extended care for her young, females only produce a litter every two years.

Bears are considered omnivorous meaning their diet consists of whatever is readily available at that time of year. Diets vary according to what part of the state the bear calls home. However, the majority of their natural diet consists of berries, fruits, acorns, grasses and animal matter, including insects or mammals-even deer. When houses, camps or recreation areas are located within range, bears are naturally attracted to the smells associated with cooking and garbage disposal. Other non-natural attractants include pet food, birdseed, suet, compost piles, gardens, beehives and cornfields.

Bears can become attracted to human food when their natural diet sources are scarce. Non-natural type foods are typically easier to obtain and associated with humans, therefore luring bears away from natural food sources and dissolving the bears natural fear of humans. A bear typically will remain in an area where food can be found until that food supply is gone or until other measures are taken.

Bear Precautions When Camping:

The first rule in avoiding bear problems is proper camp planning. Do not set up camp in a place that will force bears to move through a small area or where there is a bear trail. Also avoid setting up a camp next to a roaring stream that may drown out sounds. Bears that hear you, will usually avoid you. Also avoid setting up camp where they will feed, such as near berry patches.

When setting up your camp, keep sleeping areas away from food storage areas and cooking areas. The sleeping tent should be set upwind from the cooking tent or site. Evening winds will usually blow down the valley. You should also clear away any underbrush, branches, and deadfall around camp for better visibility.

Make sure that your food storage is bear proof, such as hanging it from a tree out of a bear’s reach, both in height and far enough from the tree so it cannot be reached from the tree or branch. Some camping areas have bear proof containers that are made out of metal, use them if you can.

Properly hang your food out of reach of bears. There are many ways to hang your food to keep it save from bears. More and more backcountry campsites are providing hanging poles just for this purpose. Make sure you have at least 15 m (50 ft) of good rope to get your food high enough. If there is no hanging pole, you may use two ropes. Run one rope between two tall trees, and then hang your food from this first rope, leaving it suspended between the two trees. In alpine areas, there may be no tall trees to enable you to hang your food. In this case, you may have to place it in several layers of zip lock bags (to reduce food smells), and simply leave it on the ground several hundred meters from your camp site.

Keep a clean camp. All dishes should be washed immediately after a meal. Food garbage should be burned, and horse feed and strong smelling plastics should be stored just like your food and away from camp. It is recommended that your food storage should be at least 100 yards away from camp. You should avoid wearing the same clothes for hunting and sleeping that you cook and eat in, as your clothes will pick up the food odors, especially strong odors such as bacon, and store those clothes as you would your food.

Yes, we have bear sightings here at Enota. But, by following these precautions you can have a most-enjoyable camping experience. Book a reservation for a vacation cabin rental, or an RV site, or a camping site. And enjoy the beauty of “bear country” – the North Georgia Mountains.

Enota Mountain retreat
1000 Hwy 180, HIawassee, GA 30546
(706) 896-9966
official website:

June 15, 2011

Greetings, Enota Friends!

Today we will talk about planting a fragrant garden… Which plants give off a delightful aroma, and which not-so-much…

There are certain flowers popularly known to give off a wonderful fragrance – petunias and sweet peas, for example. But, nowadays plant breeders have tinkered with these plants, producing many, many hybrids; and, in doing so they have created plants highly disease-resistant, and in more colors – but the plants have lost their fragrance.

So, what to do?

#1: Look for heirloom plants or seeds. You won’t often find these at your local chain-store garden center; you will have better luck looking in seed catalogs.

#2: Call your local garden club; they often have heirloom plants for sale or trade.

#3: Regardless of where you are shopping, be it at a garden center, perusing a catalog, or looking for flowers on the Internet, look for the word “odorata” in the plant’s name. “Odorata” or “Odoratus” means that the plant should be fragrant!

#4: The most fragrant flowers tend to be white or very pale pastel-colored. This author has experience this first-hand… Our red “Knock-Out” rose bush is beautiful and prolific, but has very little fragrance. But, this year we obtained a yellow “Knock-Out”, which has pale yellow blooms… The fragrance is wonderful and is carried throughout the backyard on the breeze… The scientific reason for this is as follows: To reproduce themselves, most flowering plants need to attract birds and insects to pollinate the blossoms; the birds and insects are attracted to two things – bright colors or strrong fragrance. So, in order to survive, plants of pale color have stronger aromas.

#5: Also, when flower shopping, keep in mind that second to white and pastel blooms, purple and mauve-colored blooms have the most scent.

#6: Some flowers release their aromas only after the sun goes down. Four-o-clocks and flowering tobacco are prime examples. So, plant these where you can enjoy them sitting on the screened porch or deck in the evening…

Favorite Nose-Pleasers

Here are some of the best fragrance-produsing flowers:

Angelwing; also commonly called Jasmine. Glossy, dark green leaves with white pinwheel-shaped flowers. Great in hanging baskets. Full sun or partial shade.

Common Mignonette (Reseda Odorata): Sprawling plants 1 to 1 & 1/2 feet tall, with light green leaves and spikes of yellow or copper-colored flowers. Full sun; partial shade where summers are hot.

Common stock (Matthiola Incana): Plants grow 1 to 3 feet tall, with narrow grey-green leaves and flowers in just about any color. Even the bright-colored flowers have a spicy-sweet fragrance. Grows best in cool climates; full sun.

Four-o-clocks: Mounded bushy plants that reach 3 or 4 feet tall. with trumpet-shaped flowers in red, yellow, pink, or white; sometimes striped or mottled. This plant reseeds itself like crazy! Full sun.

Heliotrope: Plants grow about 2 feet tall, with flowers in white and all shades of violet and purple. Full sun in cool climates; partial shade where summers are hot.

Scented geraniums (Pelargonium): Plants grow 1 to 3 feet tall, with clusters of small flowers in white or pink. Full sun; light shade in hot climates. These are NOT to be confused with the typical red “geranium” that we so often see sold in garden centers!

Sweet Peas: VInes reach to 5 feet or more; bush-types from 8 inches to 3 feet. All have long stems and clusters of flowers in every color except yellow. Most perform best in cool weather and full sun.

Herbs: There are many herbs that have wonderful aromas. Check your local garden center for scented herbs.

We hope you have enjoyed reading about fragrant flowers, and that you will include them in your flower beds or in a nice big pot on the deck! If you are new to gardening, come visit us here at Enota for a hands-on organic gardening experience. We have organic vegetables gardens and herb gardens as well as farm animals… Book a cabin or RV or camping site, and enjoy the beauty and relaxation of the North Georgia Mountains.

Enota Mountain Retreat
1000 Hwy 180, HIawassee, GA 30546
(706) 896-9966
official website:

Greetings, Friends of Enota!

Today we will talk about what to do with the bumper crop of tomatoes from your garden. We all know how it goes… We see all these amazing photographs in seed and nursery catalogs, and we order a veritable ton of plants & seeds. With the onset of spring fever, comes the activity of planting all these garden items, watering, waiting, watching…

Then, one day we excitedly pick our first ripe red home-grown tomato for the season! At first, we are thrilled to have fresh tomatoes for a salad or sandwich every day. But then, all the “cute little tomato plants” from springtime begin to really produce! And, we are overrun with tomatoes.

A nice “problem” to have; but, what to do?

Can ’em! Dry ’em! Freeze ’em! Use ’em in recipes all summer long! Tomato season is a great time for making big batches of tomato sauce for freezing or canning. Or batches of homemade ketchup. Or salsa. Most recipes, however, ask for peeled fruit
So… Let’s look at a very basic lesson in tomato preparation – how to peel a tomato. If you are ever faced with more than a few tomatoes to peel, you will be glad to know how to do this!

How To Peel Fresh Tomatoes

Things You’ll Need To Peel Fresh Tomatoes: Fresh tomatoes, a large saucepan, water to fill the saucepan just above the level of the tomatoes, a large bowl filled with ice and water, a sharp knife, and a slotted spoon.

In a 5-quart pan over high heat, bring 3½ quarts of water to a boil.

Prepare a large bowl of ice water that contains enough ice water to cover the tomatoes you want to peel.

Bottom-side of the tomato.

Use a paring knife to cut out the stem at the top of each tomato.

Then carve a shallow X in the bottom (blossom end) of each.

Working in batches of three, place the tomatoes into the boiling water, leaving them for 10 to 15 seconds.

NOTE: Do not leave tomato in the boiling water for more than 15 seconds as your tomato will become mushy (especially if you are using the tomatoes uncooked in a salad or salsa, you don’t want them in a boiling pot any longer than they have to be, because they’ll start to cook.)

Remove hot tomato with a slotted spoon and gently place the tomatoes in a bowl filled with ice water to cool them down.

Once the tomatoes are cool, immediately take them out of the water to drain. Leaving the tomatoes in water may cause them to become waterlogged.

Your tomatoes will now peel very easily!

Of course, we can’t finish this post without sharing a delicious fresh-from-the-garden tomato recipe:

Fresh Tomato Pasta Salad

6 to 7 medium-size fresh tomatoes, diced
1 large onion, diced
1 bunch fresh cilantro, finely chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno chile pepper (stems, ribs, & seeds removed), very finely diced
Coarse salt
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 pound pasta of your choice (such as bowtie, corkscrew, penne, or rotini)
Parmesan cheese, grated

In a large bowl, create a salsa by combining tomatoes, onion, cilantro, garlic, chile pepper, salt, and lime juice. If your salsa mixture is too hot, add some additional chopped tomato. If not hot enough, carefully add a little more chile pepper. Let sit for 1 hour for the flavors to combine. NOTE: If too much tomato juice settles at the bottom, just pour some off before tossing with the pasta.

Cook pasta according to package directions. When pasta is done, drain and rinse with cold water; draining well before adding the tomato mixture.
Transfer drained pasta into a large serving bowl. Toss together pasta and the tomato mixture. Just before serving, grate Parmesan cheese over the top.

Always serve pasta salads at room temperature so the flavors will really shine. If you must refrigerate the salad, make sure to return it to room temperature before serving.

We hope you have enjoyed this post and that you will try our method for peeling fresh tomatoes. If gardening is new to you and you’ve “always wanted to try it”, visit us here at Enota; we have hands-on organic farming and gardening experiences waiting just for you! Book a cabin, an RV site, or a camp site, and enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains.

Enota Mountain Retreat
1000 Hwy 180, Hiawassee, GA 30546
(706) 896-9966
official website:

Greetings, Friends of Enota!

Today we will talk about yet another great day trip to enjoy while vacationing here at Enota Mountain Retreat.

The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, at 420 W. Main Street in downtown Blue Ridge, is hosting the 4th annual Community Quilt Exhibition. The exhibition lasts from June 4th through July 9th. The Art Center’s Richard Low Evans gallery will be arrayed in colorful fabric, woven with care, skill and artistic flare. The exhibit is open during regular business hours; Tuesday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday’s from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For further information, The Art Center’s phone number is 706-632-2144.

History of Quilts:

Throughout history, people have enjoyed quilts for many different reasons. Quilts can provide clues to the past. Quilts can provide warmth, beauty, and value. They can tell the story of a people’s heritage. And, quilts can provide enjoyment from working with color, texture, and pattern.

Quilting can be traced back to ancient Egypt and China where three layers of fabrics (top, batting for warmth, and backing) were stitched together to keep the middle layer from slipping and clumping. Later in the Eleventh Century, quilting was used to hold together the layers of padding under armor. From then on quilting was a common form of needle work.

In the Eighteenth Century, it was stylish for English women to wear quilted petticoats and underskirts and for men to wear quilted waistcoats. Quilted bedding was also popular. Quilts were first brought to the American Colonies during this era. The first American quilts were probably not patchwork or appliqué but whole cloths.

In the Nineteenth Century distinctly American patchwork and appliqué designs were created. These quilts were produced for utility and pleasure and are the inspiration for today’s quilters. They are also an important part of American Folk Art.

Inspired by the Bible and Uplifting Faith
When Marie Webster wrote the first known book on quilting in 1915 she referred to the Jacob’s Ladder pattern in this way, “The bold and rather heavy design known as ‘Jacobs Ladder’ is a good example of a pieced quilt.” Biblical names were often used for quilts in a time when reading the Bible each day was a part of family life.

Quilts in History:
A Tribute to the Underground Railroad – The quilt sometimes called the Underground Railroad was romanticized by describing how it brings to mind a picture of, “Eliza of Uncle Tom’s Cabin crossing the ice from Kentucky to Ohio, whence the underground railroad carried runaway slaves to the promised land of Canada.” We know that this pattern was unknown during the pre Civil War days of the Underground Railroad, but the quilting expert who dubbed this pattern grew up in Ohio where she might well have heard stories of this pattern in connection with Ohio’s part in assisting escaping slaves.

An, Old, Old Quilt Pattern:
What can be more romantic than a Double Wedding Ring Quilt? Although this pattern is often thought of as a twentieth century quilt it appears to have evolved from a very old design. The motif of two interlocking rings goes as far back as the fourth century when it was used to decorate Roman cups. These cups were made of glass decorated with connecting metal rings.

To drive from Enota to Blue Ridge:
1.Start out going SOUTHWEST on GA-180 toward PIONEER CP. 11.8 mi
2.Turn RIGHT onto US-129/US-19/GA-11. 7.5 mi
3.Enter next roundabout and take the 3rd exit onto US-129/US-19/GA-11/PAT HARALSON MEMORIAL DR. 0.3 mi
4.Turn RIGHT onto GA-515/US-129/US-19/US-76/GA-11/GA-2. Continue to follow GA-515 S/US-76 W/GA-2 W. If you reach US-129 you’ve gone a little too far 22.3 mi
5.Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto US-76-BR/GA-5-BR/W 1ST ST. Continue to follow US-76-BR/GA-5-BR. US-76-BR is 0.4 miles past JOSH HALL RD
0.3 mi
6.Turn RIGHT onto W MAIN ST., just past ADA St 0.5 mi
7.420 W MAIN ST is on the RIGHT. Your destination is just past SUMMIT ST; If you reach MCKINNEY ST you’ve gone a little too far!

The trip should take about 45 minutes; this is 45 minutes of spectacular mountain views. Around nearly every curve in the road is another photo-worthy scene.

We hope you will visit us here at Enota Mountain Retreat, and take the time to make the day trip to the Quilt Exhibit.

Enota Mountain Retreat
1000 Hwy 180, HIawassee, GA 30546
(706) 896-9966
official website:

Hot Tips for a Cool You

June 11, 2011

Hello again, Enota Readers!

AP Photo David Goldman

Today we will talk about hot weather, the dangers of hot weather, and how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe in the heat.

People suffer heat-related illness when their bodies are unable to compensate and properly cool themselves. The body normally cools itself by sweating. But under some conditions, sweating just isn’t enough. In such cases, a person’s body temperature rises rapidly. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs.

Several factors affect the body’s ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather. When the humidity is high, sweat will not evaporate as quickly, preventing the body from releasing heat quickly. Other conditions related to risk include age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol use.

Because heat-related deaths are preventable, people need to be aware of who is at greatest risk and what actions can be taken to prevent a heat-related illness or death. The elderly, the very young, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are at highest risk. However, even young and healthy individuals can succumb to heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather. Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death. If a home is not air-conditioned, people can reduce their risk for heat-related illness by spending time in public facilities that are air-conditioned.

To protect your health when temperatures are extremely high, remember to keep cool and use common sense. The following tips are important:

Drink Plenty of Fluids

During hot weather you will need to increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. During heavy exercise in a hot environment, drink two to four glasses (16-32 ounces) of cool fluids each hour.

Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask how much you should drink while the weather is hot.

Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol, or large amounts of sugar—these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.

Stay Cool Indoors

Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library—even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call your local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area. Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off. Use your stove and oven less to maintain a cooler temperature in your home.

Replace Salt and Minerals

Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body. These are necessary for your body and must be replaced. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, non-alcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. However, if you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage or taking salt tablets.

Wear Appropriate Clothing and Sunscreen

Wear as little clothing as possible when you are at home. Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool itself and causes a loss of body fluids. It also causes pain and damages the skin.

Schedule Outdoor Activities Carefully

If you must be outdoors, try to limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours. Try to rest often in shady areas so that your body’s thermostat will have a chance to recover.

Pace Yourself

If you are not accustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually. If exertion in the heat makes your heart pound and leaves you gasping for breath, STOP all activity. Get into a cool area or at least into the shade, and rest, especially if you become lightheaded, confused, weak, or faint.

Remember to keep cool and use common sense:

Avoid hot foods and heavy meals—they add heat to your body.
Drink plenty of fluids and replace salts and minerals in your body. Do not take salt tablets unless under medical supervision.
Dress infants and children in cool, loose clothing and shade their heads and faces with hats or an umbrella.
Limit sun exposure during mid-day hours and in places of potential severe exposure such as beaches.
Do not leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car.
Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets, and leave the water in a shady area.

We hope you have learned the basics for hot weather safety. And, while it’s warm weather, how ’bout a visit to Enota? Rent a cabin, RV site, or camping site, and enjoy the cool and relaxing beauty of the North Georgia Mountains.

Enota Mountain Retreat
1000 Hwy 180, HIawassee, GA 30546
(706) 896-9966
official website: