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Are We There Yet? PROVIDENCE CANYON, GA

By Mary Ashton Mills   If the majestic landscape of the Grand Canyon allures you, then you are in luck. Georgia’s own natural wonder, Providence Canyon, offers similar topography with majestic views and hikes and it’s only about four hours away so you can skip the costly airfare to Arizona! Also known as Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon, Providence Canyon is a result of rainwater run-off from farmers in the 1800s. The farming communities poor soil management led to the formations of gullies, which continued to grow deeper, creating unique sandstone formations.  Reminders of this are still present today with...

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Eye. Sports. Safety.

DR. NATALIE LANE, MEDICAL DIRECTOR, CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF GEORGIA EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT—SAFE KIDS GREATER AUGUSTA   Every year, some 33,000 young athletes injure their eyes participating in sports. But nine in ten of those mishaps could be prevented, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Sports-related injuries are the leading cause of eye injuries in kids, followed by bicycle spills and injuries involving BB guns and air rifles. Baseball is responsible for more eye injuries among children aged 5 to 14 than any other sport—typically as a result of a batter being struck by the ball—while inadvertent elbow jabs and...

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Are We There Yet? SANDY SPRINGS, GA

By Mary Ashton Mills   In honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, “Are We There Yet” is traveling to Sandy Springs to celebrate over 950 acres of parkland, 22 miles of river shoreline and 16 parks. The amenities, hiking options, views and recreation opportunities may just be the trial run you need for that trip to one of America’s big National Parks in the future. The beauty of visiting Sandy Springs is that you can easily couple your visit with a trip to one of Atlanta’s larger attractions like a Braves game, The World of...

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Are We There Yet? CONCORD, NC

By Mary Ashton woods   Located just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord is a quick trip from Augusta that is ALL ABOUT THE KIDS.  It promises you and your family loads of adventure without ever having to leave the expansive property.  The Great Wolf Lodge is a family-oriented hotel with a large indoor water park and countless other attractions inside. Since the water park is indoors, you can visit the Great Wolf Lodge year round making it a perfect place to beat a case of the winter blues or the escape the heat of...

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Play It Safe on Playgrounds

By DR. NATALIE LANE, MEDICAL DIRECTOR FOR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF GEORGIA AND SAFE KIDS GREATER AUGUSTA   Spring has sprung, bringing outdoor adventure and more trips to the playground for children. Unfortunately, more than 200,000 children age 14 and under are treated in emergency rooms across the nation for playground-related injuries, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, and children in the 5 to 9 age range have the highest rates of playground injuries. “Play is an important part of your child’s physical, social, intellectual and emotional development, but we must make sure that our children...

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