Monday, March 14, 2011

Stone Mountain Georgia

Tree pose on top of Stone Mountain with Nolan 2011
Galloping down the mountain with Ana 2009

Stone mountain is a popular park and tourist attraction with visitors to Atlanta.  It boasts a great easy 1 mile hike to the top, southern plantation tours, a huge amphitheater with front row confederate general guests, and a shopping village. You can ride the "ducks" which are boat cars full of 20 kids with kazoos, or take a gondola ride if the climb is too strenuous.  It is a gaurenteed day of fun, and we were very lucky to live so close in Dunwoody.  We happended to ascend the mountain on two occasions. Once shortly after our arrival to Georgia in 2009, and again before our departure in 2011.

Amplitheater where Concerts & Fireworks are held
The literal depiction of Stonewall Jackson

Stone mountain has seasonal celebrations for families as well as hotel facilities. They have a famous pumpkin festival, fourth of July show, and Christmas light display.  My favorite part is still climbing the mountain and I'm proud that my daughter was able to make it up and down near her 3rd birthday. We passed several military personnel in training who were running both directions.  I envy their dedication and free time, but not their solitude and sweat. I am happy to have my children in tow and admire from afar. I will miss Stone Mountain and would put it on the top five Atlanta outdoor attractions list.

Glass Blowing Shop in Stone Mountain Village

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