Now that the new year has finally arrived, you may be looking for a way to switch up your regular schedule and do something different. If you love to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors, now may just be the perfect time to find a new activity you enjoy. That's why you may want to try caving in Georgia.
Caving, also known as spelunking, is a fun way to explore caves and underground areas that may be difficult to reach during your average hike.
There are several super cool caves to check out in Georgia, but if you're looking for one that's perfect for beginners, you have to check out Howard's Waterfall Cave Preserve.
This cave preserve is located in Trenton, Georgia, and it's an ideal location for those who are just getting started in caving, though it's popular with more experienced spelunkers as well.
It's been a popular cave to visit for decades now, which is why you might notice some spray paint on parts of the cave when you visit.
While it may take some extra effort to get into this cave, it's well worth it once you're finally inside. It's massive, and there is a ton to explore.
You do need to apply for a permit if you want to visit this cave, which you can easily do on the Southeastern Cave Conservancy website.
It only takes a minute, but it's a good idea to do this in advance if you know you want to visit sometime soon.
Oh, and don't worry about paying a fee. It's completely free to visit the cave. However, if you want to play a role in helping to maintain the cave and others in the area, you should consider making a donation.
On Sunday morning, May 16, Pastor Henry Hildebrandt led a service outside of the church at 10:30 a.m. The Church of God at Aylmer posted on Facebook the building "may be locked, but our God deserves all honour, glory, and praise."
A live stream was posted to YouTube and its Facebook page, which CBC News reports had 200 to 250 churchgoers present at the service without masks. In a court ruling on Friday, Ontario Superior Court Justice Bruce Thomas instructed that the church remain closed until the provincial government permits public indoor gatherings at a 30% occupancy rate.
Pastor Hildebrandt apparently commented on the locked doors during his sermon, saying that churchgoers are at the service today "because we have the authority of God on our side."
David Musyj, CEO of Windsor Regional Hospital, reached out to the Public Health Agency of Canada to push for the ability for residents to travel to Detroit, MI, to receive a vaccine dose, or to have excess vaccinations be sent up to Windsor.
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In an email sent to Narcity, Musyj confirmed anyone who travels to the U.S. for a vaccine may not have to quarantine for 14 days when they return as it is considered an "essential medical service or treatment."
PHAC wrote to Musyj saying travellers must provide certain documentation to border control when crossing.
Written evidence from a licensed Canadian healthcare practitioner that states medical services or treatments outside of the country are essential is required. A traveller also needs written evidence from a licensed health care practitioner in the U.S. to verify these services are able to be provided.
Anyone travelling to the U.S. for a vaccine must also ride in a private vehicle, have a vaccination appointment, and cannot stop for any other reason.
According to CTV News, Mayor Drew Dilkens proposed a motion at the city's council meeting Monday, May 17, asking the federal and provincial governments to work with public health officials in Detroit. He wants them to allow Windsor-Essex residents to "take advantage of numerous offers from U.S. officials to make surplus vaccines available to Canadians without a requirement to quarantine."
Mayor Dilkens is hoping Windsorites can have a "fully vaccinated" summer, instead of the one-dose summer that has been promised by the federal government.